Comic Book Papercrafts

By | Monday, August 18, 2008 1 comment
You're looking at the image at the right and thinking, "That's not exactly one of the Iron Man models I've seen. It's kind of blocky and the coloring is a little flat." Would it impress you any more if I told you it was made entirely out of paper? Or how about that you can download the pattern for free to make your own?

I've long had an on-again, off-again interest in papercrafts. When I was a kid, I had a couple of really cool pop-up books that I played with like they were "regular" toys and shortly after Star Wars came out, my folks got me an activity book that had several Star Wars-related models that could be punched out and folded together. I built my very own lightsaber when I was seven years old!

My father's slight interest in origami led to several books on the subject floating around the house, which I dutifully "borrowed" to make my own penguins and elephants.

Then, in college, we had a few classes that dealt in three-dimensional design and our models were often built out of paper. Plus, my internship at Kenner lead me to work with the guys who developed the cardboard inserts that kept the larger toys from rattling around inside their boxes.

And so, when I stumbled across a innocuous figure from one of Cory Doctorow's books, I had a half-hour's amusement as I printed, cut out and assembled it for my desk. But that lead me to look at what else is out on the 'net and, much to my surprise, there's a wealth of papercraft models based on comic books and superheroes! Some are more detailed standees, like the Iron Man above, some are more stylized and cartoony. Some are straight figure representations, some are recreations of artifacts from within the mythos. All available online for free.

Oddly, I spent a fair amount of time looking at some of what's currently before I remembered that I created one of my own HERBIE the robot almost a decade ago! But little did I know how active other papercrafters have been in promoting their favorite comics! Here's a quick sampling...
I just find it fascinating that so many people have taken the time to develop sometimes incredibly complex, but still buildable, models using paper alone and are willing/able to share them with the world. What's more: in this particularly harsh, backsliding economy, being able to create toys and models for the price of a few sheets of paper and a little time is simply incredible (many vehicles are available, as well, which could easily be re-scaled for whatever action figure line/s you might also collect!) and, if you can no longer afford the high-quality busts and statuettes that are available at your LCS, a little handiness with an Xacto blade can go a long way! I know I'm going to spend some time over the coming weeks putting together some additional models for my action figure cities (yes, I know... "cities" plural -- call it my geek cred) and as handsome, but cheap, desk accessories.
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1 comments:

cutouts said...

there are some really wild cutouts coming out for the comic book movies. The new trend seems to be the 3d looking cutouts. I saw the dark knight one with the batpod flying out of it and the iron man one that is on this blog. Those are super cool. I work for a company that makes cardboard cutouts and we did some for the hulk movie they where amazing. i came walking into the office to see a like 5 8 foot tall hulks just standing there. i like to see all the new cutouts coming out, there are some really cool ones. if you want cutouts for yourself check us out at lifesize custom cutouts