This series of dinosaur paper toys was designed for Twinkl in 2017, the set includes 10 models, including 4 smaller designs, the series was designed to scale in difficulty so children of different key stages would be able to build different dinosaurs.
The triceratops, stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus were designed to be simple paper crafts, with more rounded out and simplified edges to make construction quick and easy, where as the tyrannosaurus, spinosaurus and pterodactyl were more complex and featured more advanced paper engineering. A single page including three smaller paper toys, the archaeopteryx, deinonychus and Dunkleosteus bridge the gap by being simple toys, but on a smaller scale requiring more advanced hand to eye coadunation.
The series was designed in a single working week, which will sound impressive to fellow paper toy designers but was a pretty standard turnaround time for the workplace I was in.
You can find out more about this paper model series by watching the project overview video here.
My main objective for the spinosaurus was to make it appear different to the tyrannosaurus. We now know that the spinosaurus would have walked on 4 legs rather than standing on two as depicted in popular media, however with projects such as this we often have to embrace the public consciousness version of the creature rather than the more accurate portrayal. The spielbergian version.
Whilst creating a second large theropod there was temptation to re-use elements from the t-rex to both lighten my workload and get the project finished quicker, which wasa constant pressure a the time. However I wanted to differentiate the two dinosaurs and chose to make a new template with a leaner, more nimble looking figure.
Unlike the t-rex the spinosaurus is just 1 page despite it including a base, because its template was so compact. The model consists of 4 pieces. The legs of the model are thinner than that of its counterpart and use small sections that jut out and join together on joints to give the illusion of thickness whilst also acting as a way to add stability to the model. The head of the model is effectively just a hexagonal based pyramid that gets cut off before reaching a point, the mouth is curved on the flat template, and when built this helps give differentiation between the top and bottom jaw, making the bottom jaw appear thinner and more pointed. The head attached to the body using a slot and two tabs which hold onto a peg created by the two neck sections being glued together. Unlike the t-rex, the model wan’t very stable on its own and had to be added to a circular base. Given more time this could have been fixed by moving the bottoms of the feet further towards the head, but time limitations required a quick fix, resulting in a simple tabbed base.
The iconic fin like spine of the dinosaur is a separate piece to the body and helped solidify a colour motif along the rest of the models texture as it becomes more red towards the tips to give the impression of blood running though the skin like flaps of the spine. The spinosaurus has the most complex texturing of any model in this series having a red colour insert as well as featuring a zebra like green stripe pattern along its back to make the skin seem more aquatic.
This series of dinosaurs was a lot of fun to work on, mostly because dinosaurs are pretty cool.