December 31, 2010

Fairy Tale Paper Theater

During my work on the Imaginarium paper theater, I came to appreciate paper theaters as an art form. I especially like the 3D effects the theaters are capable of achieving. This fairy tale paper theater is a good example. Through the two archways, Cinderella is seen leaving behind her glass slipper while the prince and his castle are glimpsed in the distance. The scenery in the theater can be changed to also show scenes from Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The template for this theater was originally offered in the 1920's by the Danish language magazine Familie-Journal. Patricia M at the Agence Eureka blog has scans of the four page template starting here (the other pages may be viewed by clicking on the thumbnails). The build photo above is by Patrick Pasques.

December 30, 2010

Official Tron Legacy Light Cycle Paper Models

Disney has added two more light cycles to their collection of 3D Tron papercraft! On top is Kevin Flynn's personal light cycle, said in the Tron: Legacy movie to be "the fastest on the grid". Below that is the light cycle belonging to Flynn's archenemy, CLU. The templates for the light cycles may be downloaded here and here. Previous official Tron papercraft by Disney included Sam Flynn's light cycle and a recognizer.

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December 29, 2010

Half-Life 2 Papercraft: HEV Suit Arm Armor

If you have been waiting for the next release of the Half-Life 2 HEV suit papercraft I have been working on... the wait is over! ^^ This is the third release of the series. I have one, maybe two, more releases to go before the suit is complete. The template for this arm armor may be downloaded here.

Previous Half-Life 2 HEV Suit Papercraft:
HEV Suit Thigh Armor
HEV Suit Shin Armor

December 26, 2010

Digimon Papercraft: Viximon and Dorimon

Here are a couple of simple Digimon papercraft by Chrono-fox at DeviantART. On the left is Viximon and on the right is Dorimon. Viximon is the in-training form of Renamon. Dorimon is the in-training form of Dorumon. Downloads of the papercraft templates for both of these are available here (Pepakua PDO format only).

December 24, 2010

4th Not So Wiseman Paper Toy

From Illustrator Von Glitschka comes a humorous paper toy for the holidays: the 4th Not So Wiseman. As the story goes...

You've heard of the three wisemen, but never the fourth. See, he didn't do so well as far as a gift-giving went. Instead of gold, frankincense or myrrh, he stopped at the dollar store for coal. Let's just say that a very special baby in a manger was not so impressed.
The simple, one piece template for this goofy fellow may be downloaded here.

December 22, 2010

Limited Edition Santa Claus Paper Toy

This limited edition Santa Claus paper toy is being offered by the Mister Black Tee t-shirt company during the 2010 holiday season. The style of this Santa matches the company's trademark t-shirt graphics. Also available is a paper toy of the company's logo which looks a whole lot like Mr. T. ^^ Both toys are available here.

December 20, 2010

Winged Reindeer Christmas Ornament Papercraft

According to the instructions for this Christmas ornament papercraft, this winged reindeer is none other than Comet, one of Santa's eight reindeer. Ohh, so that's how they fly! ;) This papercraft reindeer was created by artist Shane McDermott for the 2009 holiday season and may be downloaded here.

December 18, 2010

Printable E.T. Mask

I think this mask of E.T. the Extra-Terrestial is exceptionally well done for having been drawn with markers on brown construction paper. Creator Kevin Gritzke used the mask as part of a costume back in 2007. The mask can be downloaded from Gritzke's Flickr page here.

December 16, 2010

Tron Legacy Papercraft: Sam Flynn Cubee

The new Tron: Legacy movie will be released tomorrow in the US! Here's a custom Tron cubee by randyfivesix at DeviantART. Although not labeled as such, it presumably represents Sam Flynn dressed in his arena battle gear. Sam Flynn is the main character in Tron: Legacy. The template for the cubee is available here.

December 14, 2010

Skull and Crossbones Origami

I don't make a point of doing posts on origami, but occasionally a piece captures my fancy. Such is the case with this piece. This skull and crossbones was folded from a single square of paper. The paper is black on one side, white on the other, and folded carefully so that the skull shows white while the crossbones show black. Folding diagrams by Quentin Origami are available here.

December 12, 2010

Disney Papercraft: Atlantis Crystal

Atlantis: The Lost Empire was the first Disney animated film to have a Science Fiction theme. In the movie, a group of early twentieth century explorers locate the lost city of Atlantis. The inhabitants of Atlantis are found to wear necklaces with blue energy crystals which they use to power various machines in their city. The papercraft template for this Atlantean energy crystal was created by Mike at for his kids who wanted a toy crystal after watching the movie. The template may be downloaded here. [build photo by CrisRaquel at DeviantART]

December 10, 2010

Star Wars Papercraft: B-wing Starfighter

The B-wing starfighter first made its appearance in the Battle of Endor scene in Star Wars Episode 6, Return of the Jedi. describes the B-wing as "perhaps the oddest-looking starfighter in the Rebel Alliance". The template for this papercraft B-wing by Czech designer Goozi is available here (Pepakura PDO format only).

Other papercraft by Goozi:
Radiant 7
Pinook Fighter
TIE Bomber
Grand Marshall Aegis

December 8, 2010

Kingdom Hearts II Papercraft: Sora Card & Dice

I built these KH2 papercraft just for fun. They are the card and die form the character Sora becomes when he loses to certain attacks by Luxord, the Gambler of Fate. Even though Sora is transformed into only a single die in the game, I went ahead and created two dice (not that you could actually use them in any kind of board game). The 3D model the dice are based on has unequal sides which probably throws off the randomness of their rolls.

The card form Sora is sized to match real playing cards. The back of the card has Nobody symbols and matches Luxord's Fair Game weapon. The front of the card has a low resolution image of Sora (the game developers must have decided not to use a higher resolution image since the card appears only briefly and at a distance in the game). A download of the card and dice template is available here.

December 5, 2010

Tron Papercraft Build Photos

These are a couple of photos of my Tron papercraft designs built by DeviantART members. On the left is my full size Tron helmet papercraft built by supermagicfunguy. On the right is my Tron Legacy identity disc papercraft built by MasqueradeLover. This was MasqueradeLover's first papercraft build ever. Not an easy first build, but she did a great job! Nice work guys!

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December 3, 2010

Chibiterasu Papercraft

Here is an awesome Chibiterasu papercraft by Lyrin-83, one of the most talented papercrafters on DeviantART (in my humble opinion ^^). Lyrin created the 3D model and the textures for the papercraft template all "from scratch" rather than using a 3D model extracted from a video game. Chibiterasu is the young wolf from the Nintendo DS game Okamiden which is a sequel to the Playstation 2 and Wii game, Okami. Lyrin has provided a link to the template for this paper model here.

December 2, 2010

Lost in Space Papercraft: Landing Pod

Ron Caudillo is a well known designer of science fiction paper models. His Star Trek TOS models of the USS Enterprise and its bridge have delighted Trek fans since 2003. Less well known perhaps is his papercraft model of the landing pod from the 1960's television show, Lost in Space. The pod was introduced in the third season of the show as a means to transport the crew of the Jupiter 2 spaceship down to the surface of alien planets. has made the template for the LIS pod available in a zip file. The zip file also includes numerous Caudillo designs including paper models of: military vehicles, several BattleBots, a bus, puzzle cubes, a few office machines, as well as the aforementioned Star Trek models. Look for the download link at the bottom of the page here.