Popu the Pirate is a fictional Playstation 1 game created by artist Plastiboo, the original artwork included a game cover, as well as an eerie screen shot from the game taking place next to an area marked the “Giants Grave”.
Based on this artwork, I designed a paper toy playset including Popu the Pirate, a treasure filled island, the giants grave and a Corrupted Siren to tempt Popu towards the darkness.
The playset contains 5 pieces and is just a single page. This model set also features the new ‘playset figure’ design, created to allow for a set scale and tiny representations of scenes and characters. The ‘playset figure’ design uses just 4 tabs to create an adorable humanoid shape that’s much more dynamic than previous, more cube-based designs featured in other Fold Up Toy projects.
If you’re a fan of eerie and unsettling artwork, I’d recommend following Plastiboo on Twitter here.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org