One of the top memes of 2011, the Nyan Cat meme began life as a YouTube video that combines a cat, a Poptart, a rainbow, and an infectious Japanese pop song. This papercraft Nyan Cat was created in 2012 by Russian papercraft designer, btt-modeler. The Pepakura PDO template may be downloaded here.
The dragon kaiju, King Ghidorah, first appeared in the 1964 Godzilla movie, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. To date, the golden, hydra-like monster has appeared in eleven different movies. This paper model of King Ghidorah was released in 2014 by the Epson company as a promotional item to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first Godzilla movie. The A4 sized PDF template for the model may be downloaded here.
This antique papercraft was published by Imagerie d'Epinal, a 19th century publishing company based in France. The model is entitled "Fontaine de la Madone" (Fountain of Madonna). "Madonna" is in reference to the statue of Mary with the Christ Child that adorns the top of the fountain. I was unable to determine if the fountain depicted in this model is real or fictional. As the Epinal company is known for publishing models of romanticized scenes, I suspect the subject of this model is fictional. The 2D figures in the model include a man watering his horses in a side basin, a woman praying in front of the statue, and a man who is apparently getting a drink of water with cupped hands. A scan of the template for the fountain may be found here.
Faceted paper sculpture animals seem to be quite popular these days. This papercraft buffalo skull is one I find more interesting than most. I can easily see this as a decorative piece in a home with a southwestern theme. The creator of this papercraft based his design on a 3D model found on the Thingiverse website. The 3D model, in turn, was created from a 3D scan of a actual bison skull. Papercraft templates for the skull may be downloaded here.
I have been toying with the idea of producing a series of book paper toys. This Kingdom Hearts Winnie the Pooh book is my first experiment. The idea for the toys is that each would be built from a single piece and when finished would be hinged so that one can open the book and see something inside. This Pooh book paper toy is based on a book that appears in the Kingdom Hearts I video game. Inside is a map of the 100 Acre Wood where Pooh and his friends live. The finished toy stands 2.5" (6.4 cm) tall. If response to this book is good I will produce others. Future possibilities include: the Enchiridion from Adventure Time, the Book of Omens from ThunderCats, as well as books from various video games. The PDF template for the Pooh book may be downloaded here. Let me know what you think!
These chibi paper toys of Jesse and James of Pokemon's Team Rocket are the work of papercraft creator, Skele-kitty. Skele-kitty used BuddyPoke 3D avatar software to create the toys. My favorite part of these toys is that each comes with seven different facial expressions! The templates for the toys may be downloaded at Skele-kitty's DeviantART page here.
The 3d model animals in the World of Warcraft video game lend themselves really well as starting points for creating paper model animals. This Sambas maned Lion papercraft by Dennis Griesheimer is one such example. Sambas is a rare spawn in the game that can be tamed as a hunter pet. Unlike real lions, Sambas have bright blue eyes. The locked Pepakura PDO template for the lion may be downloaded here.