I have always been somewhat of a creative geek, which is almost an oxymoron. Leave it to me to be different. Anyway, my love for being creative and building things from scratch combined with the geeky aspects of toy collecting led me to discover papertoys. As a kid I picked up a book or two on origami (the ancient art of paper-folding), made a few cranes, dragons, frogs, and of course paper airplanes. But now, with the ability for us to design very detailed imagery in programs like Photoshop, we can now print designs to fold and glue together to make all kinds of uniquely cool paper art. I have recently discovered many websites devoted to this. Most of them have original designs made freely available to download, print, and build. Some even offer blank templates so you can bring them into Photoshop and make your own. Here are a few of the ones I have found. Have fun:
This is a paper toy by Marshall Alexander of a space-chimp complete with removable helmet. – Download
Rommy is a cool sitting paper toy design available for download. There are many variations on the site.
Cubeecraft has multiple designs from pop-culture favorites to custom creations all available for download. Check them out.
This one isn’t free, but was so detailed and cool, I thought I would include it as well. Click on the image to visit their site.