Build Your Own Paper Toy

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Some ideas just look good on paper. This, however, looks totally awesome on paper! It's a series of punked-out, papercraft toys that will have kids (and creative adults) creating 3-dimensional toys out of 2-dimensional materials.

Each kit comes packaged in a reusable folder and contains everything you need. The toys' components come in pre-scored, perforated sheets of high-quality paper, printed in outrageously colorful patterns, and lock into shape without glue or tape, using a tab-and-slot system. Those blocks can be stacked and reassembled in creative ways, or held in place using the included adhesive dots. Also included are more than 100 stickers, to trick out your new race car, robot or puppy in your own unique style. Comes with an illustrated instruction page that doubles as a poster.

These toys are the brainchild of Grace Hawthorne, an artist, author and entrepreneur. Grace is best known as a cofounder of ReadyMade magazine, and she believes that creating things with our hands helps us to feel more interconnected with the world around us. Made in China.
Katie Gianonne, UncommonGoods Assistant Buyer
11.5" L x 9" W

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

February 22, 2012 11:26:09 AM

Sometimes toys are more fun when they're DIY. Would you go beyond traditional origami fish and swans with the Build Your Own Paper Toy kit?

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February 23, 2012 07:58:45 PM

price is about right though.

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February 28, 2012 05:38:40 PM

Encourages creativity in children

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February 28, 2012 05:48:17 PM

I like this, and am biased, as I have always been a fan of origami, paper castles, etc. We didn't have much money growing up but my mom always entertained us with paper puppets, etc. I would buy this. Price seems accurate.

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February 28, 2012 06:06:30 PM

I would charge $15

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February 28, 2012 06:18:02 PM

Looks like a boys only toy

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February 28, 2012 07:06:50 PM

Bit pricey, but if it were around 10-$15 it would be a good road trip kit.

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February 28, 2012 07:43:55 PM

I like the idea, but it looks like it might be a bit too complicated for some kids. I think that if toys are going to be offered, an age range should be given.

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February 28, 2012 08:23:05 PM

Made in China. Fail

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February 28, 2012 09:53:08 PM

Made in China.

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February 28, 2012 10:30:22 PM

Would be super fun at parties!

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February 29, 2012 01:31:28 AM

I like hands-on projects for kids. This kit allows for some personalization and individuality, but the ideas and materials are simple and provided.

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February 29, 2012 07:04:52 AM

What is it with all these paper items made in China? No, no, NO!

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February 29, 2012 10:09:35 AM

seems too complicated to assemble

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February 29, 2012 11:51:13 AM

Concept seems too complicated.

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March 01, 2012 10:52:49 AM

Why China? Americans can't make this for a price that is inexpensive enough to sell for $20 and make a profit?? I mean really? $20 for a bunch of paper??

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March 02, 2012 10:36:17 PM

Too much not attractive

Amanda M.
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March 03, 2012 12:54:33 AM

Cute but a bit too pricey. $15 or so would be better.

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March 04, 2012 01:21:37 PM

made in China

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March 04, 2012 09:25:18 PM

I have something similar and it was fun to create and i keep on display. i think a price point betweeb $15 - $20 is better.


March 06, 2012 02:06:18 PM

China again - sorry

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March 06, 2012 03:31:54 PM

There are better and nicerr paper models out there.

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March 06, 2012 06:57:20 PM

Another creative project.

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March 06, 2012 07:15:40 PM

Stop already with the Chinese paper junk.

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March 07, 2012 09:46:33 AM

Made in China again :(

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March 07, 2012 09:55:32 AM

Love the idea.

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March 07, 2012 01:36:23 PM

Made in China = thumbs down.


March 08, 2012 04:31:22 PM

Made in CHINA! Would not buy!


March 20, 2012 01:39:21 PM

this is really cute! I'm sure alot of children out there would really enjoy putting this together. But, I think the price is just a tad too much.

thanks for commenting