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About This Project

This model is part of a larger series of paper craft designs themed around arcade classics. The paper toy range was originally designs as part of a book pitch, the book would include 20 video game themed designs. All of the models developed for the pitch shared a clean, flat graphical style with bold colours and the occasional 80’s inspired texture to break up large shapes. After many years of back and forth on the books development it became apparent the project wouldn’t be published i part due to the complicated legality of creating characters based on existing properties. Rather than let the models disappear into a design archive the models were fixed up and made available as free downloads.

This model uses a variation on the hollow face optical illusion to give the appearance that the squids eyes are following you around the room. The model is built using just a single piece on a single A4 page.


Alex Josephine Gwynne is a graphic designer and paper engineer with over a decade of experience designing paper toys and paper crafts.

Alex has turned their obsession with paper based design into a career designing for a wide verity of clients including game developers, book publishers and educational providers. Their constant drive to create engaging paper products and international exhibition pieces has lead to numerous awards and seen their work featured in news papers, magazines and BBC television. Overall Alex believes in the power of paper as a 3D medium and lives by the mantra “limitation breeds innovation” striving to find elegant solutions to complex problems.

How To Build

 – Download
Click the download button above to receive a .zip folder, inside this you will find the flat template of the paper toy along with a reference photo. Selected Fold Up Toys also include blank versions of the template. Open the flat template in your image viewer/editor of choice and print.

 – Print
Print the model onto paper or card, Fold Up Toys recommends a 250gsm card stock for best results, however all models on the Fold Up Toys website should work perfectly well on standard A4 printer paper. On the bottom of the flat template you will see a recommended card stock weight (e.g. 250gsm) for this models specific design.

 – Cut
Cut the model out along the solid outline, some models will have sections that need to be cut with a craft knife, younger builders are recommended to get help from an adult.

 – Fold
Follow the key on the models flat template, folding up or down along the dotted lines as instructed. Some model builders like to score along the fold lines (go over the lines in advance) with a craft knife or empty ball point pen to get a more precise fold.

 – Glue
Most models have numbered tabs, glue the tabs in order to complete the model. If you get stuck, feel free to message the designer using the contact page with a photo of what you’re working on and they’ll be happy to help you.

 – Share
Share your creation on social media, it’s always fun to see Fold Up Toys out in the wild. Be sure to share it with the designer @Paperfolderman on Twitter and @folduptoys on Instagram. You can also e-mail a photo to

Change Log

 19/03/2019 – Portfolio item uploaded to FUT website

09/04/2019 – Altered page layout to make new 2019 standard template.


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