An Ilfracombe man has added his own twist to the Pokemon Go craze by creating solid characters players can get their hands on. Matthew Beaman has been using his 3D printer to make models of Pokemon sprites and leaving them around town for lucky players to find. The Pokemon Go craze has seen a revival of the 1990s hit as players search for virtual creatures called Pokemon in real life locations via their smartphones. Matthew has created a sensation in Ilfracombe after leaving his characters at Pokestops around the town and then posting a picture on Facebook to give searchers a hint. Since the game launched I decided to 3D print some of the Pokemon models that can be downloaded from the internet, he said. Before long I had quite a few lying around the house and read on some of the 3D printing communities that people were leaving them at the Pokestops in their town for people. I decided to take it one step further and turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt. So I took one of the models out in the evening, took a photo of it at one of the Pokestops and uploaded the photo to the Gossip Around Ilfracombe Facebook group. The first person to find him got to keep him. It only took around 15 minutes for it to be found and everyone seemed really keen for more. Throughout the following day I planted another four around Ilfracombe for people to hunt. Each of them was found within 30 minutes and the people were putting photos up of them holding their Pokemon models. He says he is not a huge Pokemon fan as such but is a big technology fan and likes the idea of the game getting people out of the house. He is not sure if the 3D models will continue though: It was all done as a bit of fun and it seemed to work really well, he said. It was probably a one off event since they take a while to print and is quite time consuming hiding them around town.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.