Now available for preorder from the fine folks at Gaming Heads, this $US299.99 statue of Skyrim's champion would not be possible without the PC modding community. You just don't get this sort of visual fidelity with today's game consoles.
Now I'm not saying a great statue couldn't have been based on the unmodded PC or console versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They're perfectly capable of conveying enough visual data to allow artist Alejandro Pereira to craft a reasonably accurate facsimile of Bethesda's ideal Dovahkiin. He'd still be 40cm tall, cast from high-quality polystone and dressed in the finest tiny fabrics tailored by what I can only imagine are ridiculously small fashion design students. He'd still be limited to 1000 pieces for the standard version or 500 pieces for the $US329.99 exclusive version with light-up fireball. He'd still ship in Q4 of 2013.
It just wouldn't be anywhere near as smooth and well-defined.
Now that I think about it, I'd pay extra for a special edition jaggy Dovahkiin. Missed opportunity, Gaming Heads.