Fold Up Toys is finally live, or at least half alive.
The first paper toy for the site is available for download, and it’s a fan art piece of BB-8 from the upcoming Star Wars films.
The BB-8-droid is set to appear on the big screen with the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. Now you can download, print off and build your very own little ball buddy.
The BB-8 was an astromech droid who operated approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. The droid was at one point operating in the desert of the planet Jakku. It had a domed head, similar to that of R2 series astromech droids, with the bulk of its body made up of a ball that the droid rolled on. BB-8 was mostly white, with some silver and orange on its body, as well as a black eye-piece. The droid belonged to Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, and thus was able to fit into a T-70 X-wing fighter’s droid socket. (Taken from the Star Wars Wiki).
The balance between a toy being round, and a toy being simple is a delicate one. The final BB-8 Paper toy that was released is far squarer than the design I had originally aimed for. The original prototypes had a much more curved approach and were meant to have a balancing gimmick, meaning you could knock the model over and it would always return to an upright position with the BB-8-‘s head on top.
However after the fourth prototype was still too complex and awkward to assemble, I fell back on the tried and tested technique of shaving off the edges of a cube to give the impression of a rounded shape. I wanted the model to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, and that means making it as easy to assemble as possible, ultimately the desire to make the toy accessible to an audience that might not have built a paper-toy before and a quickly approaching deadline meant that this toy wasn’t the model I had originally set out to make, and instead a much less eloquent and, ultimately less satisfying outcome.