Block Sprites

New York, United States · 233 Sales


Block Sprites

New York, United States 233 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   See pictures and other info at: http://www.facebook.com/blocksprites

See a video / short interview with us from MAGFest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdymyPQob6Y

If you have an idea, or would like to commission something, feel free to contact me and I'll see if it's possible: nicholai.conliff [!at] gmail.com


See pictures and other info at: http://www.facebook.com/blocksprites

See a video / short interview with us from MAGFest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdymyPQob6Y

If you have an idea, or would like to commission something, feel free to contact me and I'll see if it's possible: nicholai.conliff [!at] gmail.com

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Amarant - FF9 3D-Printed Model
Sephiroth kills Aeris - FF7 3D-Printed Model
Steiner - FF9 3D-Printed Model
Zero - Mega Man X - 3D-Printed Model
Vivi - FF9 3D-Printed Model
Zidane - FF9 3D-Printed Model
Kuja - FF9 3D-Printed Model
Zack - FF7 3D-Printed Model
Sephiroth - FF7 3D-Printed Model
Cloud - FF7 3D-Printed Model
Vincent - FF7 3D-Printed Model
Mario - Super Smash Brothers - 3D-Printed Model
Reno - FF7 3D-Printed Model
Master Sword - Legend of Zelda 3D-Printed Model
Keyblade - Kingdom Hearts 3D-Printed Pendant
Mega Man - MMX8 3D-Printed Model
Prince - Katamari Damacy 3D-Printed Model
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Chris Chiampa

Chris Chiampa on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My first ever Etsy purchase, and I must say I've not been disappointed. Since the item description warned of delicacy, I'd not expected the model to be as solid as it is. It has a very pleasant textured feeling as well. These combined give it a very professional feeling. The details are absolutely brilliantly done. The paint is a bit more delicate than expected, so I scratched it slightly when setting it up in its stand, but otherwise it's perfect! Not sure my picture is doing it justice!


Kim on Mar 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

What a cutie. Absolutely love it. Very glad to say it arrived in mint condition, nothing broken or damaged. Will buy more in the future!

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Retro Video Game Sulptures!

At BLOCK SPRITES we specialize (primarily) in two mediums:

Focusing mainly on N64 and PSX-era models, we print and paint 3D models to look as close to the original, authentic in-game assets as possible. If you're nostalgic for 1997-style, blocky-anime-hair Cloud Strife, you've come to the right place!

Q: "What if it breaks?"
A: The 3D prints can be pretty fragile; if anything happens to them in shipping, of course I'll make sure to replace or help you to repair it--whatever it takes.

Q: "I read an article on Kotaku about somebody getting sued for this!"
A: He didn't get sued, nor was a "cease and desist" order or anything as dramatic as that issued to him: the website hosting his shop was asked to close it down since actual ripped game assets were being made available "print to order" through a 3D-printing service. It happens all the time with fan-art, but that individual was being especially flagrant about it.

Q: "When will [character] be available again?"
A: Unfortunately, these things take a TREMENDOUS amount of time to produce (it's about a 5-6 week process from start-to-finish to produce a batch of models) and I tend to prioritize the more popular characters. I'm not really able to do many special orders; that said, I do occasionally have stock that isn't listed on the shop, so by all means, send me a message and I'll let you know what I have!

Q: "Can you make [character]?"
A: If it's not something I already do, odds are........ no :( It can take several days of work to complete and troubleshoot a model--much longer if any textures are involved. It just isn't feasible for me to spend a ton of effort working on a one-off model like that. I would recommend you get in touch with someone who has some 3D modeling talent, and work with them to make something that you can then print yourself via a service like www.shapeways.com

EVERYTHING I make is made with 100% genuine LEGO bricks (no Megablocks, nothing is painted or modified, etc.) in BRAND-NEW condition. And EVERYTHING is glued!

Q: "What if it breaks?"
A: This is pretty rare--since everything is glued, the sculptures will never shatter--if you drop them, for instance, they'll generally just crack in half and all you need to do is press them back together and move on. I'm happy to provide assistance if anything comes apart though; I can easily give instructions on how to repair something yourself.

Q: "How are these so cheap?" (often said by people familiar LEGOs)
A: I buy LEGOs in ridiculous bulk. Thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of bricks at a time. My life is a mess!

Q: "Why are these so expensive?" (said by other people)
A: I dunno. Take it up with the LEGO corporation! In seriousness, though, I charge--with a few small exceptions--$0.10/pixel, rounded down to the nearest $5.00 increment. Block Sprites remain a hobby for me--not a business--and so the profit margin is just enough to recoup costs. You'll see prices increase very rapidly as sculptures get larger; not because they're more difficult, but because more pieces are needed.

Q: "Can you make a [insert character from a modern-era 3D game here]?"
A: Probably not. LEGOs are a limited palette, and sprites are not the same thing as 3D rendered models. Since this is a hobby, for which I charge nothing other than the production cost itself, it isn't really feasible for me to spend several hours custom-designing a retro-style sprite based on a modern game. If you HAVE a sprite of your own or that you found online, I'm happy to take a look at it and let you know if it is possible.

Q: "How long do they take to make?"
A: It depends. I've gotten pretty good at it. Small stuff can take just 10-15 minutes, but the big stuff can still take 4-5 hours. Some things have to be built in sections and take several days (so glue can dry) before they can be fully assembled.

Q: "Where do you get your LEGOs?"
A: I get about 85% of them from a website called http://www.bricklink.com/

Q: "What kind of glue do you use?"
A: E-6000; a pretty basic crafting glue that you can get pretty much anywhere (Jo-Ann, Michaels, Target, etc.)


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  • Nicholai

    Owner, Maker, Building Stuff!

    I like video games and I play with Legos. Basically, I haven't matured in the slightest since I was about 9-years-old.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 28, 2013
I make stuff from sprite-based video games using legos; it's really just a hobby... Prices cover the cost of the legos and the Etsy fee, and that's about it.

Your sprite can be sent glued or un-glued (un-glued typically require some degree of simple assembly upon receipt)

If purchased, your model will look exactly the same and remain 100% true to the game, but, different pieces than in the photo may be used to create the model...

Accepted payment methods

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  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
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I can accept Paypal, checks and money orders.
Typically I've been using USPS Priority Mail, but, you're welcome to choose a different shipping method and we'll figure out the cost. I only charge exact shipping--nothing for packing or handling.
Refunds and Exchanges
I'll work with you to fix any problems that arise. :)
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have a request for a particular sprite, I'm happy to build it (provided that the right colors exist / are available to me) ... Just let me know what you want!