The awesome Retronaut has just posted a collection of custom Star Wars figures with fan-made card backs. What interests me most about these items is their out-of-place nature. Both the figures and card backs are faithfully crafted in the style of a late 70s product.
I suspect these figures are the shape of things to come. As the Maker movement gains momentum, as technologies like DTP and rapid prototyping are increasingly affordable and as sites like Etsy and Kickstarter make micro-niche markets viable we will see more boutique items like these. The same is true for music and video using the likes of Soundcloud and YouTube.
I can't wait to see what this means for those creatives who, like me, are keen to mine the childhood decades of the 80s and 90s which have been so formative for us.