Posts Tagged ‘toys’

My brother got this Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Mega Zord in a trade for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure when he was ten. His best friend apparently initiated the swap, which I take solace in since it was not a very fair trade. The original Zord is a compilation of five different prehistoric animals which transform into the single sword-wielding robot while the TMNT figure had a couple of plastic accessories. But, if the kid wanted the Donatello TMNT instead of the Zord, so be it.

My brother wasn’t big on TMNT. This probably isn’t a surprise since we weren’t allowed to watch the cartoon. However, we watched plenty of Power Rangers and it’s counterpart, VR Troopers, at our after school daycare. I’m not sure the show was any better in content, but there were about five of us at the daycare, and it kept us in check for a good half hour.

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I made a couple tangram sets out of thick scrapbooking paper. I felt the pieces were too light, so I filled them 3/4 full with rice. I’m not sure if the rice will spoil and if I did it again I would use a non- food product like plastic beads or stuffing pellets.

This particular paper model is simple enough to understand with limited direction referencing. You can find the free printout at Shelia’s Papermodels. The set even includes a few pages of puzzles to assemble into a leaflet. She has some challenging models too, like a medieval trebuchet. I plan to make the 18 page chess set when I have more ink in my printer!

Check the Tutorials page to learn how to make templates for this and other simple paper models. This not only saves on ink, but allows you to choose you own size and color paper. This also a great technique for die cuts for scrapbooking and kids school projects.

Looking for more free paper models? There are tons of them out there on the world wide web. This is a list of a few I have bookmarked:

The Toymaker has whimsical illustrated models appropriate for beginners and children.

For famous architecture, animals, seasonal items and a completely fictional town complete with cars, building, trains, etc visit CreativePark.


Girl Gamers Unite has a list of sweet little paper Mario characters.


Alternatively, try Ninjatoes for other Nintendo characters and a few Star Trek spaceships.


And for you Trekkies out there with a few paper models under your belt, build replicas of various starship bridges at The Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center Paper Model Egiftshop (whew!).


If models aren’t for you, send a friend a snail mail pop up greeting card from Robert Sabuda.

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