Paper Model: PAPERCRAFT-HEROES.COM’s “ASTRO BOY”

Astro Boy is created by Osamu Tezuka, known as Japan’s God of Manga Comics. Astro Boy’s Japanese name is Tetsuwan Atomu, which means Mighty Atom.

The comic book is based on the simple concept of a super-powerful robot built with the likeness, attitude, mannerisms, and even feelings of a young boy. His powers were based on semi-scientific or mechanical principles, and instead of fighting for justice, Astro Boy fought for peace. It was a heartening comic book about a purely innocent boy robot hero who wants not to punish bad guys but to simply stop them from doing evil and hopefully turn them to good.

This innocence was amplified by Tezuka’s art style, which consisted of smooth clean lines and plenty of playfulness. Astro Boy himself is drawn smoothly; his facial expressions consistently retaining a childish demeanor, with the typical manga-large eyes and prominent eyelashes. The bad guys  are drawn with cartoonish features so that they always look redeemable. Every aspect of the comic book is  drawn to maximize the optimistic nature of the Astro Boy concept.

Throughout the years there have been numerous adaptations of Astro Boy in different media forms. There were movies, a live-action series, and comics written by other authors. The most famous of these adaptations have been the TV series that premiered in Japan last 1963 and later that year, in the United States.

The model’s pattern was e-mailed to me by a friend years before. I had a hard time assembling the figure, especially in closing the shapes. Each model part consists of multi-faceted polygons. I would suggest finishing all the parts first before attaching it altogether. The model’s pattern allows the assembler to choose which head the figure will have. The regular head depicts Astro Boy’s wide, innocent eyes that are opened. The alternative head exhibits closed eyes, as though Astro Boy is sleeping, or turned off, as the case may be. The finished model portrays Astro Boy as sitting (if the assembler chooses the open eyes) or slumping (for the closed eyes). The only beef I have with the model is the way the designer made the hands; there were no line markings to signify that they were hands.  They looked like stumps, really. Other than that, this Astro Boy paper model as a whole is satisfactory.

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Paper Model Series: SDE’s STREET DOG FIGHTER “ZHOUNDGIEF” by Willie Beren (VA Paper Toys)

Part two of Street Dog Evolution’s Street Dog Fighter Series…

Next after cool, calm, and collected Dhalsim is his polar opposite, the Red Cyclone, Zangief. He was ordered by the Head of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev to fight at the World Warrior tournament in order to infiltrate its host, Shadoloo. Prior to his entry in the World Warrior tournament, Zangief trained at the Siberian tundra subduing bears.

Zangief’s fighting style is wrestling, making him a close-range fighter. His complicated 360 degree moves make his character effective only for advanced game players. He was given effective damaging moves such as the Spinning Lariat, the Banishing Flat, the Flying Power Bomb, and his most devastating technique, the Spinning Piledriver. In later game versions, he would acquire a unique team super move: the Double Final Atomic Buster.

Zhoundgief here sports the traditional video game character looks: the Mohawk, the full beard, the chest hairs, the red wrestling tights and boots, and the muscle details. The only things missing are the criss-crossing scars on the body, although the model sports scarred ears. Zhoundgief here is also just a little bit larger than Dharfsim, in keeping with the persona of the hulking Russian.

If you want to try assembling this model, you may download it at the VA Paper Toys website. [click here]

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Paper Model Series: SDE’s STREET DOG FIGHTER “DHARFSIM” by Willie Beren (VA Paper Toys)

This is part one of Street Dog Evolution’s Street Dog Fighter Series…

Before I go on and talk about the paper model, let me write about the character named Dhalsim. So, Dhalsim is a video game character from Capcom’s Street Fighter game series. He is described as a pacifist who goes against his beliefs by entering the World Warrior tournament in order to raise money for his poor village. By the way, the World Warrior competition is similar to mixed martial arts games.

Dhalsim’s fighting style is based on yoga. With this, Dhalsim can stretch his arms, legs, neck, and God-knows-what-other-body-parts to unbelievable lengths making him an effective long-range fighter. His abilities include many fire-based attacks such as the Yoga Fire, Yoga Flame, Yoga Blast, and Yoga Inferno. He also uses the Yoga teleport technique to surprise his adversary. In the Super Street Fighter IV game, he gained an ultra combo move named the Yoga Catastrophe. This devastating move makes him create a huge fireball that slowly moves toward the opponent and deals multiple damage on impact.

Now, with the character’s background dealt with, let’s talk about the paper model…

Dharfsim is a spin-off persona by Willie Beren based on Dhalsim. The paper toy, like all of Beren’s creations, exhibits dog-like characteristics. Fur, maw, fangs, flappy ears, things that are dog-like are all incorporated in the model. However, the base character can still be easily identified. The pupil-less eyes, the earrings, the tattoos, the arm bands, the skull necklace, and the poor man’s shorts are Dhalsim’s.

I had fun assembling the model which was easy enough to build. Since I had experience assembling SDE’s Awvengers Series, it now only took me thirty minutes to finish this one.

If you want to try assembling this model, you may download it at the VA Paper Toys website. [click here]

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THE EVOLUTION OF PAPER CRAFT: ORIGAMI

Origami came from two Japanese words: one is from the word “ori” meaning folding and the other from “kami” meaning paper. Origami is a traditional art of folding paper to create a two or three dimensional figure.

I made a recent discovery that origami was originally a Chinese invention. It was said to be carried over to Japan by Chinese Buddhist monks. It later became a tradition for samurai to exchange gifts adorned with intricately-folded strips of paper.

As a kid, I was fascinated with origami. For hours on end, I would just sit at our living room and create a horde of animals from paper. I even made a Japanese-themed nativity scene origami one Christmas. All of the figures were made from old newspaper. St. Joseph was a samurai, the Virgin Mary was a geisha, Baby Jesus was a pint-sized version of St. Joseph. The Three Kings were colorful samurai wearing origami kabuto (Japanese helmets), shepherds were drab-colored samurai, Archangel Michael was a winged samurai (Ok, so I cheated here because I glued wing cut-outs at the back, sue me). The Star of Bethlehem was represented as a yellow-colored shuriken. The animals range from camels, sheep, donkey, cranes, dogs, cats, pigs, elephants, penguins, and giant-sized frogs. Those were good times…

Japanese history tells us that origami was not intended at first for recreational purposes. It came from an old custom of folding certificates or other special documents that were done in such a way as prevent unauthorized copies from being made.

Origami today is a certified international art, with innovative variations like the three-dimensional origami and action origami.


Welcome to my paper crafting world!

Before everything else, I would like you to know that this is my third attempt to blog about my hobby, paper crafting.

The first time I wrote a blog, the subjects were not primarily on paper models. It was a mash-up of jokes, favorite articles, and paper models. I had fun doing it but in the end, I just want to do paper crafting exclusively.

The second time was more streamlined, with my blogs focusing on the patterns that I downloaded from the internet. The blog was very much different in that it features models that I assembled myself. However, the site where I am blogging seems to cater more to netizens interested in buying things that I have posted on my page. I kept receiving messages asking me the price of my assembled model, what are my terms of payment, etc. I spent a lot of time answering queries on similar topics instead of interacting with people who have the same hobby as me.

“Third time’s the charm”, as they say. So here we are on my third attempt. Anyway, let me just make it clear:

  1. No, I do not sell these paper models. I do however, encourage you to download and assemble these figures yourself.
  2. Please do not force me assemble one for you. Yes, I do sometimes build a paper model for friends as a gift but forcing me to make one for you is not my thing.
  3. If you found yourself to be a recipient of a paper toy from me, I would appreciate it very much if you take good care of it. Most, if not all of my models were assembled meticulously. Much time and effort were given to building every model I assemble, it’s like a part of me goes to every figure I put together.
This blog would be all about paper crafting: whether it be paper toys, paper figures, card models, origami, etc. All cut, folded, scored, and assembled by me. Expect a wide variety of projects. From the simple, small, easy-to-do ones to large, difficult creations.
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