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Papercraft foxes, tigers, and bears oh my

No plastic necessary
Jan 08
// Rachael Chambers
Who says that toys have to be made of vinyl or plastic? Created in a stylized, low polygon vector design, these paper creatures look deceptively simple. Designed and hand crafted by Estudio Guardabosques, their creations...
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Paper: So simple, yet so complex
Who's ready to make paper ponies? I asked everyone what their favorite summer hobby was for a chance to win a My Little Pony papercraft playset. I enjoy anything that gets me out of the house, especially on a hot day. So, I t...

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Paper ponies are very fun to make
Hello Tomopop readers! Here we are in July. The weather is hot, the air conditioners are cranked high, and vacations are being taken all over. That’s why the summer is a perfect time to pick up a hobby, and that&rsquo...

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Love Live paper craft

Check out these Love Live! sculptures made out of paper

Sometimes it's ok for anime fans to choose paper over plastic
Jul 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I have no talent for artsy stuff so I'm always happy to check out the cool things the truly gifted among us are capable of. Right now I'm enjoying the amazing work of paper sculptor (I may have made that title up) @3_4_A...

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Fold your own X-Men at home or at the office

The perfect little project for your break periods
Feb 28
// Kristina Pino
Gus Santome has, once again, shared some patterns for some great papercraft of cool characters that everyone can enjoy. This time around, it's a batch called "Jean Grey School" which includes Storm, Beast, Kitty Pryde, and Wo...

Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast!

Jan 16 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
New papercraft site Urban Paper Collective has now launched. They describe themselves as an "international group of friends who share a passion for the design of papertoys of all sizes." The new site will be offering exclusive, free monthly papertoys right on the site as well as paper news, tips, and collaborations between artists. You can read bios for the artists and see examples of their work at the previous link. The first free toy is the above UPC Badger which has been followed by the first monthly exclusive: 1401: Clown. Akiba Hobby has updated again with a new gallery. This time featuring Beach Queens Wakaba Saegusa from Vividred Operation. She's pretty standard as these figures go, but doesn't look bad, just feels like she's missing something. AmiAmi has posted a two part interview with popular artist and character designer Tony Taka at his Albion Works studio. You probably couldn't pick him out of a crowd, but his figures are easily recognized. He discusses quite a bit in the two interviews, but I'm more of a sucker for looking at people's collections so I'm mostly in it for the extensive gallery found at the links. Biggest surprise for me: AmiAmi makes display cases? Good Smile Company once again gathered up all of their new Wooser merch for another look. included are a variety of plushies, oversized talking pens, and the headphone jack dust plugs. What better way is there to celebrate the new season of the anime (which is awesome)? Kahotan put together a gallery for their latest Nendoroid addition to their Little Busters series: Komari Kamikita. She's an adorable looking figure with lots of added parts including sitting legs and some snacks. Kud has some stiff competition coming when it comes to cuteness. Tailgrab's Aka posted a gallery for his recently purchased Dollfie Dream Kuonji Alice. The darkness and shadows are a really great match for her pale skin and dark hair and eyes! Which artist from the designer toy scene did Smithsonian Magazine just tap for an interview? Why none other than modeler Jason Freeny of course! He calls the interview one of his greatest honors and you can tell they did their homework. Emilio Garcia's latest brain-themed designer piece is the green Brainade. This piece is being sold via a lottery system with more info at the link. Talk about mind-blowing! Kixkillradio is keeping a bunch of figures warm under their own little kotatsu (Japanese heated table). There are two galleries, one for Cu-Poche and one for Nendoroids. They sure do look toasty under there! Tentacle Armada has posted two new relatively SFW gallery reviews. First up is Mary Stuart from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II. Second up is Tony Taka's Daisy figure which looks amazing under natural light! Reflective Boundary did a really nice photo gallery for Vertex's Noel Vermilion from BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Sometimes all you need is pictures because words just slow you down. Lastly, our own Tian here at Tomopop helps me out a lot every week by pointing out the really cool fan galleries I post every week. He's got a 2013 year-in-review over on his website Makigumo that's worth checking out alongside his other reviews and galleries. If you like this stuff go on over there and make his hit counter move a little. That's all for this week. I look forward to seeing you come back next week for another Tomopop LinkUP!
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A good week for the creative types
Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Tomopop LinkUP! I hope people enjoyed the special Transformers edition of LinkUP I did last week, but now we're back to our regular routine. There's been a lot of stuff happening...

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Custom Made Monday

Custom Made Monday: Tis the season to be merry

Plushes, LEGO bricks, and more!
Dec 23
// Vanessa Cubillo
Christmas is almost here! Can you believe it? This edition of Custom Made Monday is brought to you by last minute gift buying, holiday cooking, and health insurance headaches. So before all the festivities officially begin, t...
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Kramp the holidays with some Krampus papercrafts

He knows when you've been naughty
Dec 22
// Scarecroodle
It's the holiday season and, like in recent years, the Krampus seems to be everywhere. Zombie Leah over at GeekCraft has put together two Krampus papercrafts: one a traditional furred Krampus (credited to Uncle Ghastly) and t...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition

Dec 12 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Wooser is almost here again! Season two returns in January so that means a big product push for all things Wooser. Kahotan has posted this Belle Maison oshiruko soup set that features rubber straps of mascot Shirukuma and Wooser. They also have a pair of Wooser talking pens. Wing gave a very cryptic hint for one of their next figures. The hint is just an offset black and white image of a fleur-de-lis. They'll be doing their official reveal at Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] in February. Disney has posted on their Insider blog a look at the creation of their Infinity game figures from sketch to final product. The post talks pretty extensively with Art Director Jeff Bunker and Lead Character Designer Jon Diesta of Avalanche Software and their roles in making the game and figures a reality. Chauskoskis appears to be in a Greasebat kind of mood as he's made two of them. Based on Jeff Lamm's characters the first is Dunny baby Greasebat that he has Jeff's OK to make a few resin castings of. The other is an evil Greasebat that is only one of a kind that he put up for auction.  Check out this amazing Iron Samurai kitbash bade by Ken Lee. Reminds me of one of those samurai from Sucker Punch. I thought that movie was kinda awful, but this is very cool! It's 1/6 scale and a nominee for the 3A Customs and Kitbashes 2013 Awards. Good luck! No, I didn't embed an ad into LinkUP. Well, I mean I did, but not for advertising purposes. Matt Hopkins of Custom Papertoys sent along this really cool commercial he worked on for the SPCA. You think stuff like this is done with CG, but it's really stop motion. Matt says he built the models and much of the stop motion.  Tenacious Toys is offering Nerviswrek's Nibirian Drone resin figures by We Are Not Toys. The terrifying little things are hand painted and sold in set of 12 for US$350. Reflective Boundary did a great gallery for Alter's 1/8 Chitanda Eru from Hyouka. I'm glad this show is still getting some great figures, it gives me hope that a second season could be on the horizon! The AmiAmi blog posted a review for the latest Vocaloid GUMI figure. The Megpoid Whisper version made by Aquamarine is in a cute outfit and the bright colors fit her perfectly. She'll be out in February. VISEone displayed six new 16 inch Qee customs at a charity event in Germany recently. His work was a big hit and he even sold one right at the event with all proceeds going to the charity.  Funko is showing off a new series of Uglydoll x DC Comics vinyl figures. Featured are Ice-Bat as Batman, Wedgehead as Robin, and Babo as Superman. They'll be out on February 11.  Ron English has a special Metallic Purple Heart Skull in his PoPaganda store just in time for Christmas gift giving. They're going for US$150 and limited to only 20.  If you've ever wanted to try your hand at building Gunpla with no idea where to start then check out this handy ebook. Mecha Model Guide for Beginners looks to be a very comprehensive guide judging from its preview were it goes deep into all sorts of terminology and even deciphers the little symbols found in the instructions. There's even modeling history in there which could make it a good read even for advanced modelers. The ever-manly Black Star from Soul Eater has gotten the HQS treatment from Tsume with this fantastic looking statue. He's only limited to 250 printed on a metal serial plate and priced at 259€ (about US$356).  Akiba Hobby has posted a review (in Japanese) of Wave's new Beach Queens Chiho from The Devil is a Part-Timer! She'll be out in 2014. Hopefully if she sells really well they'll make a second season of the anime! Tentacle Armada posted a lengthy review of Pop Culture Shock's Katana statue from Mortal Kombat. They've got an awful lot to say about this enormous figure and it sounds like it isn't without its fair share of problems.  And that brings us to the end of another Tomopop LinkUP. See you next week where we'll have another batch of great things to talk about. 
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Seems to have been the week for handmade and limited editions
Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day t...

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Gus Santome crafts mini X-Men papercraft figures

Santome is making these patterns available for free
Dec 05
// Vanessa Cubillo
There are many times where I wish I was good at crafting with paper. Sadly, I can hardly fold a paper in half correctly. Yeah, I’m really that bad. Gus Santome’s papercraft blog makes me wish I was a talented pa...
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Boxos papercraft playsets

Boxos papercraft playsets let you recreate fave series

My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty and more are coming to Funko's papercrafting line
Dec 05
// Natalie Kipper
For the DIY toy collector who loves pop culture, Funko's upcoming Boxos releases will let you re-enact scenes and create new adventures for characters from series such as Star Wars, My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Teenage M...
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Papercraft Hatbox Ghost

This papercraft Hatbox Ghost is scary-good

Make your own!
Dec 01
// Natalie Kipper
Those into the lore of Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction are no doubt familiar with the Hatbox Ghost. The ghost was designed to have his head disappear from his shoulders and reappear inside the hatbox. But for various reas... Mr. Bean photo Mr. Bean enters the character realm with Mr. Bean

First of a couple upcoming character-based designs
Nov 19
// Brian Szabelski
The folks at have been making papercraft versions of customers for some time, but they're now expanding into the licensed character market. That expansion starts with Mr. Bean, in his cartoon form. You can check o...
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papercraft food

Check out Maria's fruity papercrafts

Have you eaten your fruit and vegetables today?
Nov 04
// Jon Wills
Usually we report on figurines and collectibles, but every once in a while an appetizing papercraft crosses our path. The latest is Maria Laura Benavente Sovieri's papercraft fruit and vegetable set. Each piece of fruit ...
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Halloween Papercraft

Some cute Halloween papercraft to brighten up your home

There are parties this weekend, right?
Nov 01
// Kristina Pino
Just in case you want to prolong the Halloween spirit, or if you're still decorating your home for the big bash this weekend, consider downloading some rad papercraft patterns from Gus Santome and letting these guys hang out ...
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Star Wars Papercraft

Star Wars papercraft playset released by Funko

No mechanical, piloting, or dueling skills required
Oct 17
// Kristina Pino
Funko have just released a Star Wars papercraft playset featuring ready-to-fold characters and backdrops straight from the films. The best part is, you don't need anything beyond what comes in the box. Funko promises a no-fus...

Custom Made Monday: For the love of BMO and soy sauce

My Little Pony, Wolverine, Dragon Ball Z, and more!
Oct 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
It's Monday once again, and that means it's time for another edition of Custom Made Monday. This week's roundup features more popular characters, as well as beautiful original creations. There's some great fan creations and ...
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Sad that Breaking Bad is over? Play with these instead!

The cutest danger you'll see
Sep 30
// Pedro Cortes
Now that Breaking Bad has completed its run, there are going to be a ton of people who are depressed. What are you going to do in a Heisenberg-sized vacuum? How will you go on knowing that you'll never hear Jesse's affirmatio...
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Nan Desu Kan model show

Highlights from the Nan Desu Kan 2013 model competition

Plamo, garage kits, miniatures, and even some papercraft
Sep 20
// Tianxiao Ma
Did any of you Tomopeeps make it out to Nan Desu Kan this past weekend? I drove out to Denver just to burn up some vacation days. While it was a heavily anime-oriented event, there was some stuff for us figure lovers as well....
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SDCC Blizzard

SDCC 2013: Blizzard

The video game giant had an array of collectibles on display!
Jul 25
// Rio McCarthy
Where do we begin? Blizzard is all over the place when it comes to collectibles these days! Sideshow Collectibles is a wonderful place to start. They had Arthas, Diablo and Deathwing (sculpted by Brian Fay) on display, and we...
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Consider every single one of them on my wishlist!
Blizzard posted about the items that are to be their SDCC exclusives for this year, and I am ready to go run like a crazy person to the booth. I want, like.. everything! First up we have a Transforming Zergling/Baneling Plush...


Check out some rad Plants vs Zombies papercraft

Blank Canvas knows how to have fun with paper
May 16
// Kristina Pino
Thanks to the awesomeness of Geek Crafts, I've discovered yet another cool paper artist, Mayainpaper (or Blank Canvas). Of note are some particularly awesome-looking Plants vs Zombies papercraft which you could down...

Gus Santome reveals Iron Man Mk.s 6 and 7 papercraft

May 09
// Kristina Pino
Alrighty, so since my last post, two more totally rad papercraft patterns from Gus Santome's Iron Man armor collection have emerged! We're almost at the end, here. It's bittersweet.  Check out the gallery for links, and be sure to check out Santome's blog for links to the free downloads on patterns for the Mark 6 armor and the Mark 7.

LE version of ClariS' second album to feature Graphigs

No tiny hats this time ... but maybe you can make them
May 08
// Brian Szabelski
ClariS' next CD is coming out on June 26, entitled "Second Story," and current plans are for three different editions to be available. The most expensive of those, the limited edition version, will come with the CD, a DVD, an...

Gus Santome shows off more Iron Man armor papercraft

The cutest little Starks
May 07
// Kristina Pino
Last week, we had a look at Gus Santome's latest custom papercraft featuring the Iron Man Mk. 1 armor and a group photo of what was to come. Since then, Santome has updated his blog with images and download links to the Mk. 2, Mk. 3, Mk. 4, and Mk. 5 armors.  They all look rad, and the patterns are absolutely free. 

More Iron Man 3 custom papercraft by Gus Santome

See all upcoming designs!
May 01
// Kristina Pino
Gus Santome is updating his blog at a steady clip with looks at all of the Iron Man 3 custom papercraft he's got in the pipeline. He kicked it off with Tony Stark in his mark 42 armor, and the following update was a group pho...

Hype up for Iron Man 3 with new custom papercraft

Gus Santome's latest papercraft design
Apr 29
// Kristina Pino
The first of probably several Iron Man-related armored papercraft that Gus Santome has created is this great-looking Tony Stark in Mark 42 armor. Bonus: you could download the pattern as a PDF for free and make it at home, yo...

Paper + Plastick wants to make your vinyls more fun

Now you can make an artist designed record topper for free
Apr 10
// Vanessa Cubillo
Is your record player not looking as cool as it could be? Give your music listening experience an extra boost with some custom made record toppers. Paper + Plastick released a series of custom record toppers done by differen... contest photo hosts our latest giveaway
[UPDATE: Last day to enter!] Foldable.Me is giving away some, well, Foldables! There are three simple steps to enter:  1) Hit up Foldable.Me2) Create your own custom Foldable (go wild!)3) Share your creation on Twitter u...


Keep this life-size Zelda away from any Master Swords!

Mar 10
// Emily Smalara
I've seen some pretty amazing papercraft popping up now and then, but even amongst other life size figures I think this Zelda might take the cake. Featuring her rather elegant Twilight Princess incarnation, the work artist Mi...

Tomopop Review: Paper Critters

Mar 07 // Natalie Kipper
App Name: Paper CrittersApp Maker: Undonwannun, Ltd.Retail: US$1.99Available at: iTunes   When you first load the app, you'll see a pretty minimalist, stylized screen. If you touch the the information icon (that little "i" in the circle), you'll be lead to a screen that gives more facts about the app as well as links to its Facebook and the company's twitter feed. But, enough of that stuff; onto the toys! You may have noticed the option on the right from first screen that reads, "My Colony." Basically this where all your designs are stored. As a bonus, the app comes pre-loaded with a bunch of really cool designs, perhaps to give you some inspiration. The design on the far left is mine, by the way. Select the "Toy Creator" option and you'll be lead to this area. The blank toy body is broken down into five pieces: front, back, top of the head, right-side, and left-side. You work on each part seperately. Categories of built-in stencils that can be used on the body are shown on the right-side menu. They range from the graffiti-like "Street Inscriptions" to the Mr. Potato Head-esque "Cuddly Toons."  As you begin to customize your toy, you'll see the changes you make re-enacted on a miniature model in the bottom-right corner of your screen. It updates in real-time, which I found to be quite impressive.  You can even enlarge the model and rotate it any way you want, all with the touch of your finger. I did this several times in during the creation of my first toy. It definitely makes it easier to see if one panels works with the others. Plus, it is pretty fun to twirl the little guy around! The app also provides you with the ability to toggle on and off a sort of grid-like overlay that makes it easier to line up stencils. You also have a tool that flips stencils to their mirror-image should you feel the need. And those comfortable with Adobe's line of image software will be happy to see that Paper Critters also uses layers for editing your design. In all honesty, I am not sure how long it took me to finish up designing my first Paper Critter. I spent a good long while looking through all of the available stencils and trying to pick which to use left me with rather an embarrassment of riches. I think I finished my toy, which I named "Candy Jackalope," in around 15 minutes or so.  So, what do you after designing a masterpiece? Print it out and put it together, of course! The instructions are provided right there on the same sheet as your toy. But, I should mention that assembly calls for an X-acto knife (or utility knife) as well double stick tape and a glue stick, among other things. I actually didn't have a glue stick on-hand at my home so I had to make do with extra tape.  All in all, I really liked Paper Critters. The artistically-inclined may get more out of it in the long run, but anyone can enjoy it as a sort of pick-up-and-play game for a short spurt of free time in between their work schedule. I will say, that the actual building of the papercraft was a tad daunting, however, and younger toy enthusiasts might need an elder's hand with it.
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Meet the app that lets you make your own toys
Who knew papercraft could go digital? The creators of Paper Critters, a pretty spiffy iPad app, certainly did. How does the app marry the iWorld with the world of paper toys? Hit the jump to see for yourself!


A papercraft protest in Parliament Square partners with for protest
Mar 05
// Brian Szabelski
On Monday morning in London, a demonstration was held at London's Parliament Square by, complete with celebrities, who were asking British Prime Minister David Cameron to consider fair trade farming ahead of the...

67 year-old man makes 6.5 foot papercraft UC Gundam

Took only two months to scratch build this big bot out of paper.
Feb 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
67 year-old Uchida Seiji says he's always been good at crafting things. When he retired he filled his free times by making papercraft planes and robots. This was all well and good, but what he really wanted to do was build so...

Check out Leo Firebrand's Hawken papercraft mech

Features mech from free-to-play game
Feb 20
// Jon Wills
When I was growing up, I always liked mechs and Mech Warrior. So when I was looking around for the latest news to bring you all this little paper craft custom by Leo Firebrand caught my eye. Seeing it made me feel all no...

Pick up this hanging dragon, as long as you're a dude

Merciless dragon for males only
Jan 11
// Emily Smalara
So recently we spotted this fairly cool little hanging dragon over at Neatorama, usually a good source of things a bit out of the norm. I like it! I'm not really one to hang things in any rooms, but I can definitely see the a...

Celebrate winter with a papercraft reindeer from Tearaway

Media Molecule's next PS Vita game has a present for you
Dec 30
// Natalie Kipper
Way back in August, Media Molecule posted everything fans would need to make their own papercraft elk, as seen in the trailer for their next game, Tearaway. For a sort of holiday gift, the company turned that blank ...

Lunartik celebrates the holidays with new papercraft Teas

Now you can make Santea Claus and Elfy Tea from the comfort of your couch
Dec 24
// Brian Szabelski
Lunartik is giving the entire world a Christmas gift this year, and it won't cost you anything more than some paper and time. He's released two new papercraft creations based on his Tea in a Cup figure, Santea Claus and Elfy ...

Spoonful has plenty of Disney papercraft for the holidays

Spruce up your home with toy soldiers or the Mouse himself
Dec 11
// Kristina Pino
The Disney Parks Blog pointed out that Spoonful has a bunch of great downloadable and printable Disney-inspired papercraft that is perfect for the holidays, including the spotlit Toy Soldier (from the Disney Parks holiday par...

New Rin, Len Graphigs on the way

Aku no Musume versions of both on sale in February
Dec 05
// Brian Szabelski
Two more little Vocaloid Graphigs are on their way next year, and they just happen to be Rin and Len in their Aka no Musume outfits. Based on the song of the same name, it's a fancier look for the two, put together in the sam...

Yep, Plus Kareha's Black Rock Shooter is made of paper!

Prepare to have your mind blown by the ultimate handmade custom figure!
Oct 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Let's just cut to the chase: Plus Kareha's custom Black Rock Shooter figure is said to be made 95% out of paper, the rest is probably electronics and her flame! Even the 13 ball joints and stands are made of pa...

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