Archive for January, 2011

Pimpin’ Paper: Paper Toy Monsters Book by Brian Castleforte Available at the Paper Toy Amazon Store

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Hello there.  In case you don’t know yet, Brian Castleforte came out with a fabulous paper toy book.  It looks to have plenty of different toy templates to assemble.  No doubt, very creative stuff, and very talented individual.

Click the image to buy yours now!

I can’t provide you with firsthand impressions just yet as I am still waiting for my copy from Amazon.  I thought I’d just share the news in case anyone of you would be interested in getting a copy.  The book should be available in your local bookstores.  If not you can always buy it online.  For quick links, I’ve included it in the Paper Toy Amazon Store.  Just click on the link or images to get your copy.

Definitely plenty of fun stuff inside the book!

Support the paper toy community – go get yourself ( and your family, friends, BFF’s, etc,…) a dozen copies,… EACH!


Caption Tuesdays! 2011-04

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s caption activity.  I’d like to give all of you a great big pat on the back –  You guys crack me up.

Now for this week’s image.

Check out the cool captions for this pic in the comments section below.

That’s all for now.  Caption away!

Check out the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” posts here.

Kratos Paper Toy (Contender Version) from God of War

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Kratos, the paper toy, part 2.  This is my second toy release of “this” God of War.  The first one used the “brute” template, while this one uses the “contender”.  Why 2 versions?  Well at first I was planning to do just the contender version, but some of you requested for the brute, so there.

This template comes with the Blades of Athena – it took me a while to finish them.  The design had too much detail and the references online didn’t do it much justice.  Kudos to the creative team who developed the character.  Anyway, I eventually decided to just go easy on the details and keep it simple.  I also wanted to include those “lion gauntlets” of his, but I didn’t find enough “detailed” references online either.  So I decided to just nix the lions.  I think it turned out well, regardless.

Yeah, I think I'm cooler than the brute version, don't you?

I also included 2 versions of his arms.  I suggest you try out different combinations and not use the same “angle” of the arm as the swords will get in the way.  You’ll have to download the template and assemble the toy to know what I’m talking about.

I am Kratos, the NEW Iron Chef

You can download the template here. Subscribe to this blog to receive the password in the mail and gain access to the downloads section.  Registration is free, just enter your email address in the subscribe field at the right-hand side of the page header.

That’s all for now.  Check back next week for Shank and then some.  Cheers!

Caption Tuesdays! 2011-03

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Very cool captions from last week’s image.  Thanks again to all those who participated.  Personally, I think Mashycoom’s, “who’s next” is most appropriate.  Although I like my “fart” comment too LOL.

By the way, if you have any suggestions on how to determine the best caption entry, do let me know.

And now for the, for this week’s image.

Check out the cool captions for this pic in the comments section below.

That’s all for now.  Come back in a few days.  Kratos (contender) is coming… again.

Caption away!

Check out the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” posts here.

How to Throw a Paper Airplane – the Record-Breaking Way.

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Usually, when you throw a paper plane, you do so by throwing it in the direction that you are facing.  If you’re normal like me, you’d throw it forward and a bit upward… then watch it crash shortly after.

Let 'er rip!

For some paper plane geniuses out there, that is the wrong way to do it.  Not if you want to keep your plane afloat as long as possible.  Simple solution, if you want your plane to stay up in the air as long as possible, throw it as far up as you can, then watch it glide down back to mother earth.

Hang time success requires a good mix of force, technique, and model.  You provide the force, this tutorial shows you the technique, and for the model.  You can use this record-breaking paper plane by Ken Blackburn.

Quick, go try it out!

StuffaGami: Record-breaking Paper Airplane by Ken Blackburn

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Let’s try something different 😉

Have you ever folded a paper plane that can stay in the air for at least 10 seconds?  How about 7?  5?  Yeah, me neither – I’ve tried but the best I’ve ever done is 2 to 3 seconds. LOL.

I came across this paper airplane pattern a few years ago.  It was designed by Ken Blackburn.  The plane held the Guinness Book of World Record for  time aloft for a number of years until Takuo Toda’s plane design posted a longer time in 2009.  Blackburn’s record was 27.6 seconds, Toda’s was 27.9 – talk about close.  Both planes beat my paltry3 second plane hands down.  Oh well.

Fold and Fly! Use letter or A4-sized paper. Any will do actually.

Ken’s site didn’t have folding instructions for the plane so I made my one based on his his instructions.  Hopefully it’s clear enough.  In case it is still unclear.  I looked around the net for for instructions and came across a video that shows how to fold the plane.  Go watch it.

I thought I’d try it this weekend.  I’m posting it in case you might like to try it too.

One last thing.  It seems that there is a way to properly throw a plane in order to achieve longer “hang” time.  Since I’m in a instructions-making mood, I’ve prepared a quick tut for you.  Check it out here.

That’s it for now.  Fold it, fly it, time it, then share it.  Post your record times people!

One last note.  In case you’re wondering, I’ll do a post on Toda’s plane soon.  Cheers!

Caption Tuesdays! 2011-02

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who participated in my little experiment last week.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I invited everyone through a post last week, to  participate in a “captioning ” activity.  I was glad to see a bunch of people join in the fun – I salute you all.  I found most of the comments very funny, but I think the Star Wars-inspired caption by Sinner takes the cake!  I wish I thought of that.  Funny that I just watched Empire Strikes back the weekend before that post LOL.

I’m hoping I can turn this into a series of weekly posts.  As the title suggests, I’ll be doing this every Tuesday (based on my timezone of course).  I encourage everyone to participate.

Also, if anyone out there knows of any person or company who’d be interested in sponsoring “prizes” for the best “caption writers” each week, I’d be happy to discuss options with them.  The prizes of course doesn’t have to be monetary, it can be something digital, or access to exclusive content, etc.  Anyway, I just thought of putting the word out, maybe something will turn up.

And now, for the picture for this week:

Check out the cool captions for this pic in the comments section below.

I think it has plenty of possibilities.  Caption away!

Check out the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” posts here.

WIP – Steam Punk

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’ve always liked the Steam Punk genre – that and post apocalyptic. They sort of wrestle for the number 1 spot in my mind.  What’s that?  You dont know what I’m babbling about?  A quick search through your friend (google) will help you get that “Eureka!” moment.

Still don’t know what I’m talking about?  How’s this – League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Disney’s Atlantis, Wild Wild West, and for all you gamers out there – the legendary Final Fantasy 7?

Me?  I love the airships, aviator goggles, ornithopters, and other flying contraptions.  The clothing is cool too.

So I thought about making an original series of Paper Toys just for that genre.  I have already have a couple of prototypes under way – check them out below.

To infinity and beyond!!!

And yes, I did say original.  I’ve been doing a bunch of “Fan Paper Toys” lately.  I wanted to flex my creative muscle a bit and come up with something different for a change.  For those who like the “Fan Toys” that I’ve been releasing, not to t worry.  I love doing those as well, and I will continue to churn them out.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a sneak peek on what’s happening behind the scenes.  Check back soon.  Plenty more stuff.  Lastly, for those waiting for Kratos (contender version), he’ll be ready next week.



Friday, January 7th, 2011

test post, are you receiving this?

Devil Jin Paper Toy from Tekken

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Here he is.  Complete with horns, wings, tattoos, chains, and a really mean facial expression.  Look like Heihachi has a new playmate.

You’ll notice that I left a white outline around his wings.  It’s a personal preference.  Feel free to exclude that when you assemble your own paper Jin.  I also included 2 sets of arms to give you additional “pose” options – just mix and match as you wish.

Lastly, as a quick tip, to shape the horns, I used tweezers to “curve” or twirl it into place – I found it easier to do that way instead of “rolling”  with a ballpen or tube.

Now where did that Heihachi go?

As mentioned above - really mean facial expression

You can download the template here. Subscribe to this blog to receive the password in the mail and gain access to the downloads section.  Registration is free, just enter your email address in the subscribe field at the right-hand side of the page header.

That’s it.  Enjoy!  Check back soon for the next paper toy release.  It’s going to be bloody.

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