Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: The Problem of Recasting

Adam shows off a new model kit he recently purchased, and explains his feelings on the topic of recasting. Here’s why you should support makers of garage kits and why it’s such a tough business to be in. Find the kit Adam is talking about here.

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15 thoughts on “Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: The Problem of Recasting

  1. Thanks for that. Yes good quality and original design is worth the money. Indeed very tough to even figure out how to offer high quality small volume garage kits or original 3D models without people ordering, casting and then sending things back with mold grease and silicone bits still attached complaining that it is not what they wanted. Not to mention people who order and than cancel as suddenly they figure it cost some money when you tell them you are ready to ship. Community support is so important for makers.

  2. Thanks for that Adam, your message is so important. Support the makers! Maybe “Support The Makers” could be a new cotton bureau t-shirt!

  3. This logic applies to ALL piracy – including bit torrents of movies and TV shows. There are many filmmakers and musicians going out of business due to piracy as well.

  4. Very true, and an important point. But it does not only apply to small makers, so lets hope we don`t see more bootleg LEGO kits on Tested.

  5. LEGO’s patent expired in 1978 and the blocks themselves are not really protectable by copyright. Quite a bit of difference between the mindless production of monolithic, interchangeable parts and hundreds of hours worth of original sculpting work.

  6. great post, adam. as you know, i make a lot of stuff as well. here is my tale. years ago i made a robocop helmet that was very well received by the cosplay community, called the ‘anticlaus’ helmet. i sold about 25-30 and then the market dried up. i didn’t charge a lot for them, they were reasonable, but i guessed not that many people wanted them. then, the recasts started popping up. over and over. in the years following i’ve seen then on eBay, the rpf, forums, you name it, for sale. coming from asia, canada, the us. i don’t have a license, so i can’t really do anything, but i made something few others did, and figured it was a slam-dunk. was i ever wrong. there are hundreds, if not thousands out there now. so now, i rarely offer anything outside of the group of good friends i have, or i offer it to collectible companies. it saddens me to no end… and there’s a lot of stuff i’d love to make and offer, which i won’t, because of this very issue.

  7. I think that would apply if the knockoffs were just producing bags of bricks, but they are copying instructions, graphics, and designs, as well as IP that Lego had to negotiate and pay (probably a lot) for. The Lego designers spend a lot of time perfecting the sets before the instructions and packaging are put together. The scale is quite different from garage kit makers, but theft is theft.

  8. What . They aren’t making bricks, literally no one should have a problem with that… instead, they are copying the kits, instructions and licensed IP piece-by-piece and even in some cases using photos of the LEGO kits on the packaging.

  9. Great Public Service Announcement (PSA)… And Thank you to all of the craftsmen who make these amazing art pieces, and share them with the world. It is a great service to everyone that this art exists, and is accessible to many (all-be-it legitimately pricey at times). It could very easily had been created as a one-off art piece in someone’s collection instead.

    Thank you artists, and makers!

  10. 100% agree, whether its an individual or a multinational conglomerate there’s a need to respect the design owner. Decrying re-casting but buying knock off LEGO smacks of hypocrisy.

  11. They bought a bootleg kit and put it together to see what it was like. I bought hilariously unlicensed Go-Bots from Pic-N-Save for exactly the same reason once around 1986. In-depth reviews of cheap imitations are an internet mainstay and arguably do more to raise awareness than they do to drive purchases of things from Aliexpress. Anyone who watched that video and rushed out to buy the knock-off was going to buy that knock-off anyway. They also probably do not actually exist and aren’t worth arguing about on the internet.

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