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Jun 30, 2008

Day 42: Indiana Jones

Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr., better known as Indiana Jones or Indy, is a fictional adventurer, professor of history and archaeology, and the main protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise. George Lucas created the character in homage to the action heroes of 1930s serial films. Indiana Jones first appeared in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles from 1992 to 1996, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.

The character is most famously played by Harrison Ford.

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Jun 29, 2008

Day 41: Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character that first appeared in the full-length CGI animated film Toy Story by Pixar. He has also appeared in the movie Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins and the television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. His often repeated catchphrase is "To Infinity... and Beyond".

In the theatrical films, the featured Buzz is a toy — a spaceman action figure — whereas the television properties follow the adventures of the fictional space ranger on whom the toy is modelled. His name was inspired by Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Jun 28, 2008

Day 40: Yao Ming

Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明) (born September 12, 1980) is a professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the tallest player in the NBA, at 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m).

Yao, who was born in Shanghai, China, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager. He entered the 2002 NBA Draft, and after negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, he was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick of the draft. He has since been selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game in all six of his seasons, and has been named to the All-NBA Team three times.

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Jun 27, 2008

Day 39: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston and one of the three characters to be continuously published by DC Comics since the company's inception in 1944. Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8, published in December 1941. She is a founding member of the Justice League.

In addition to comic books, the character has been in the media such as the famous 1975 to 1979 television adaptation starring Lynda Carter, as well as in animation like the Super Friends and Justice League animated series, including the recent Justice League: The New Frontier animated movie.

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Jun 26, 2008

Day 38: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

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Jun 25, 2008

Update: Now available for download

I've just added these for downloading: Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, SpongeBob, and Hello Kitty. There's more to come...

Also, I'm currently working on some new characters, including Indiana Jones and Buzz Lightyear (because you voted for them)!


Day 37: Robin

Robin (also referred to as The Boy Wonder) is the name of several fictional characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, originally created by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, as a junior counterpart to DC Comics superhero Batman. The team of Batman and Robin is sometimes referred to as the Dynamic Duo or the Caped Crusaders. The first incarnation of the character—Dick Grayson—debuted in Detective Comics #38 (1940).

Download the PDF file here.

Jun 24, 2008

Reader's submission: Paul Pierce (by Giuseppe Cottini)

This paper toy of NBA basketball player Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics is submitted to me by Giuseppe Cottini from Italy.

Nice job, Giuseppe!

Update: Day 28 - 36

Clockwise from top left corner: Blossom, Bubbles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Batman, Schroeder, Krusty the Clown, Jimmy Corrigan, Buttercup, Kenny.

Day 36: Batman

Batman is a fictional comic book superhero co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads him to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime.

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Jun 23, 2008

Day 35: Kenny (South Park)

Kenneth "Kenny" McCormick, voiced by Matt Stone, is one of the four fictional central characters of the animated series South Park. He is notorious for dying and resurrecting again nearly every episode during the first five seasons of the show, with little to no explanation given. Since his reappearance after being "permanently dead," he dies much less often.

Download the PDF here.

Jun 22, 2008

Day 34: Krusty the Clown (The Simpsons)

Herschel Shmoikel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski, more commonly known as Krusty the Clown, is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is the long-time clown host of Bart and Lisa's favorite TV show, a combination of kiddie variety television hijinks and cartoons including The Itchy & Scratchy Show. Krusty is often portrayed as a burnt out, addiction-riddled smoker who is made miserable by show business but continues on anyway. He has become one of the most common characters outside of the main Simpson family.

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Jun 21, 2008

Day 33: Jimmy Corrigan (Acme Novelty Library)

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth is a widely-acclaimed graphic novel by Chris Ware, published by Fantagraphics Books in 2000. The story, previously serialized in the pages of Ware's comic book Acme Novelty Library (and, previous to that, in the alternative Chicago weekly New City), is about Jimmy Corrigan, a meek and lonely man in his late thirties who meets his father for the first time in a Michigan town over Thanksgiving weekend. Jimmy is an awkward and cheerless character with an overbearing mother and a very limited social life. Jimmy attempts to escape his unhappiness via an active imagination that sometimes gets him into awkward situations.

Jun 20, 2008

Day 32: SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants is the eponymous character of the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He was designed by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, and is voiced by Tom Kenny. Stephen Hillenburg intended to create a series about an over-optimistic sponge that annoys other characters.

Download the PDF here.

Jun 19, 2008

Day 31: Schroeder (Peanuts)

Schroeder is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the toy piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular. Schroeder is also the catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team, though he is always seen walking back to the mound with the baseball, never throwing it—admitting in one strip he didn't want the other team to discover his lack of ability. He is also the object of Lucy van Pelt's unrequited infatuation - who leans on Schroeder's piano.

Download him here!

Jun 18, 2008

Update: Spoofed?

Some guy from Spain has come up with his own paper toy of the infamous but talented singer Amy Winehouse using the 'Toy-A-Day' template!

You can check out his blog here, though I have to warn you it's in Spanish! You can also read the Google-translated English version here.

And if that's not enough, here's another one by his friend who made this toy of the hugely popular Spanish cartoon character called Mortadelo. Check out his blog here!

Awesome guys!

Day 30: Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls)

Buttercup (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) is a fictional character in the animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. She has short black hair in a flip, light green eyes, and dresses in light green. Referred to in the ending theme as "the toughest fighter", she is the group's tomboy and is easily enraged. Sometimes her aggression gets the better of her, making her reckless, stubborn and too aggressive. She possesses a mean and somewhat vindictive streak not shared by her sisters.

Download her here!

Jun 17, 2008

Update: Contest

I am planning to hold a 'Make Your Own Toy' contest in the coming weeks. Within these few days, I will upload a blank template so that anyone interested to take part in the contest can download it, print it out and design his/her own character.

The ONLY rule is that it has to be hand-drawn and colored (no computer software is allowed).

More details and the prizes for the contest will be posted once I got things worked out. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions or want to sponsor a prize, please let me know.

Day 29: Bubbles (The Powerpuff Girls)

Bubbles is a fictional character in the animated television series The Powerpuff Girls, quite similar to Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory, both by appearance and personality. She is portrayed as having short blonde hair in two pigtails, light blue eyes, and dresses in light blue.

PDF here.

Jun 16, 2008

Day 28: Blossom (The Powerpuff Girls)

Blossom (voiced by Cathy Cavadini) is a character in the animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. She has long red hair, pink eyes, and dresses in pink with a red bow on the top of her head. The self-proclaimed leader of the three Powerpuff Girls, she is often seen as the most mature, level-headed and composed member of the group, although she can also be fussy, overbearing, vain, and overly analytical at times.

PDF here!

Update: Day 19 to 27

Clockwise from top left corner: Speed Racer, Tinky Winky (Teletubbies), Sully (Monsters, Inc.), Edward Scissorhands, Homer Simpson, Moomin, Charlie Brown, Mike (Monsters, Inc.), Steve Jobs.

Jun 15, 2008

Day 27: Homer Simpson

Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared on television in the Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night". He is one of five members of the titular family and has become the most popular and influential character in the series. Homer embodies several American working class stereotypes: he is crude, overweight, incompetent, clumsy, thoughtless and a borderline alcoholic. Despite the suburban blue-collar routine of his life, he has had a number of remarkable experiences. He has occasionally displayed flashes of great intellect and fitness whenever the situation calls for it, and an integrity reflecting his own values, including a fierce devotion to and protectiveness of his family.

Download Homer here!

Jun 14, 2008

Day 26: Speed Racer (Mach GoGoGo)

Mach GoGoGo, which centered on automobile racing, was first created and designed by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida (1932–1977) as a manga series in the 1960s and made the jump to TV as an anime series in 1967. The English rights to Mach GoGoGo were acquired by American syndicator Trans-Lux. The main character Gō Mifune was given the name "Speed Racer" in the English version. It was adapted into a live action film, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers, who also serve as co-producers, in 2008.

Download your Speed Racer toy here, and the Speed Racer car here!

Day 25: Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American fantasy film, written by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson, and directed by Burton. The film features Johnny Depp as Edward. The plot revolves around a man named Edward; the creation of an inventor, who has dangerous shears and scissors for hands, and appears frightening, who is adopted into a colorful, but stereotypically suburban, family.

PDF here!

Jun 12, 2008

Day 24: Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown was one of the original cast members of the comic strip Peanuts created Charles M. Schulz, when it debuted in 1950, and the butt of the first joke in the strip. He is a loveable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a "permanent case of bad luck", and often taken advantage of by his peers. Every autumn Lucy promises to hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick, and every year she pulls it away as he follows through, causing him to fly in the air and land painfully on his back. He was never shown as succeeding in kicking the football in the comic strip.

PDF here.

Jun 11, 2008

Day 23: Tinky Winky (Teletubbies)

Tinky Winky is one of the four colorful characters from the BBC children's television series, primary aimed at pre-school viewers, produced from 1997 to 2001 by Ragdoll Productions. Created by Anne Wood CBE, Ragdoll's creative director, and Andrew Davenport, who wrote each of the show's 365 episodes, the program rapidly became a critical and commercial success in Britain and abroad. Although the show is aimed at children between the ages of one to four, it has been a substantial cult hit with older generations.

Tinky Winky (the purple Tubby) is the largest of the Teletubbies, with a triangular antenna on his head. He is notable for the red luggage (described by the show as a "magic bag", but often described by other media as a handbag) he carries. His character has caused much controversy due to allegations that his character's behaviour carried homosexual undertones.

PDF here.

Jun 10, 2008

Day 22: Mike Wazowski

Mike Wazowski is a fictional character in the Pixar animated feature film, Monsters, Inc.

He is a Cyclops monster in the shape of a tennis ball, with one large eys, two horns on his head, and arms and legs, no torso. He was voiced by Billy Crystal and made cameo appearance in several other Pixar films such as Finding Nemo (while snorkelling), and Toy Story (as a toy).

PDF here.

Jun 9, 2008

Day 21: James P. Sullivan


James P. "Sulley" Sullivan is a large, furry blue monster with purple spots in the Pixar animated feature film, Monsters, Inc. Sulley is the top scarer at Monsters, Inc., responsible for generating the scares that provide power for the city of Monstropolis along with his partner, Mike Wazowski. In the film, Sulley is voiced by John Goodman.

PDF here!

Jun 8, 2008

Day 20: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955) is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of LucasFilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Stidios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder until its acquisition by the Walt Disnet Company in 2006.

Jobs is considered a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries and was listed as Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Businessman of 2007.

Download the free PDF file here and make your own Steve Jobs toy!

You can also get our blank template from our Facebook group and design your own toys!

Jun 7, 2008

Day 19: Moomin

The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Finnish writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish in Finland. They are a family of carefree and adventurous trolls who live in Moominvalley.

The Moomins have since been the basis for numerous television series, a film and even a theme park.

Moomin PDF here.

Jun 6, 2008

Update: Day 10 to 18

Clockwise from top left corner: Andy Warhol, R2-D2, The Cat in the Hat, Raphael (TMNT), Super Mario, Optimus Prime, Jack Skellington, Doctor Octopus, Pink Panther.

Day 18: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhola (August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a central figure in the movement known as pop art. It was in the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of famous American products such as Campbell's Soup Cans, as well as paintings of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

PDF here!

Jun 5, 2008

Update: How to get the free toys

Thanks everyone for the overwhelming response! As this project is still very new to me, plus I'm doing this all on my own, there are still a few things that need to be worked out.

There are two ways to get the free PDFs: You can either follow the link on the left that says 'Download the FREE PDF files here'; or you can get them through my Etsy shop. Just add what you want to the cart and please do not pay for them. I will then email you the file or send you to the link.

Meanwhile if you do not see any items there, it means they have all been grabbed up. But don't worry, I will replenish them each day.

I hope you will all bear with me while I improve the site in the coming weeks!

Day 17: Pink Panther

The Pink Panther cartoon character is the main character in a series of animated short films. The character originally appeared in the opening and closing credit sequences of the 1963 live-action feature film The Pink Panther. The cool cat starred in one hundred and twenty-four shorts, ten television shows and three prime-time television specials.

PDF here.

Jun 4, 2008

Day 16: R2-D2


R2-D2 is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. R2 is one of the only four characters - the other being Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), Obi-Wan Kenobi, and droid companion C-3PO - to appear in all six Star Wars films.

Download the PDF file here!

Jun 3, 2008

Update: Free PDFs Now Available!

For those who would like to construct their own paper toys, the PDF files are now available for free for a limited time. Just follow the link *here*.

Day 15: The Cat In The Hat

The Cat in the Hat (1957) is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, featuring a tall anthropomorphic, mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white striped hat. With the series of Beginner Books that the Cat inaugurated, Seuss promoted both his name and the cause of elementary literacy in the United States.

PDF here.

Jun 2, 2008

Day 14: Raphael (TNMT)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) originated in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984. The concept arose from a sketch done by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his friend Peter Laird. Using money from a tax refund together with a loan from Eastman's uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 80s: Daredevil, New Mutants, Cerebus and Ronin.

Raphael, the team's anti-social bad boy, has an aggresive nature and seldom hesitates to throw the first punch. He is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. Raphael wears a red mask and weilds a pair of sai. He is named after the artist Raphael Santi.

PDF here!

Jun 1, 2008

Day 13: Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime (known as Convoy) is a fictional character in the Transformers universe. He is the commander of the Autobots, a faction of heroic Transformers from the planet Cybertron who wage their battles against the evil forces of the Decepticons for control of their homeworld, and by extension, peace in the universe. The original Optimus Prime transforms into a cab over semi truck.

Download the PDF here and build your own Optimus Prime!
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