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New custom Jonny Chiba Shark

I had this idea for Jonny Chiba's excellent Sharkalligator Man toy and decided it was time to make him. He is the Sushi Shark, and fish are definitely food, not friends to this guy. Custom extras include chopsticks and bloody cleaver. If you would like to make the Sushi Shark for your collection, I will post the custom on Enjoy

Added by Scott Schaller on February 18, 2010 at 11:38am — 8 Comments

After a months work…

Hi all,

After spending a month working on this guy, I finally finished it. It started with a blank page and a nightmare, cupcakes and pirates, and whaterver else. What you see is like nothing I have ever attempted and may never attempt again. It is the story of a hungry pirate in search of the mythical CupCake Island, a place with flying cupcakes and cupcake spewing volcanoes. Each side panel depicts a piece of the story as our pirate hunts… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on February 1, 2010 at 11:49am — 14 Comments

Meet Yanci the Yeti

I would like to introduce my new original toy model, Yanci the Yeti. Yanci was derived from an illustration I recently completed for another project. I wanted to try to create a toy that looked like it was in motion since I had never done that before. It took some time (2 months and 8 full builds) to get him ready to meet his public, but I think Yanci came out splendidly. Look for more Yanci toys in the future. If you want to build your own… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on January 14, 2010 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

A Giraffe Named Lindsey

For my first original animal design I chose to create a paper toy giraffe. I wanted it to tower over my other paper toys and at 12inches tall, it does just that. I styled her after a friend named Lindsey whose favorite animal is the giraffe and whose Halloween costume inspired this toy. Thanks Lindsey.

You can download the three page PDF of this toy at… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on January 13, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

The Tiger Sharks Are Here

I would like to introduce you to a family of colorful guys: The Tiger Sharks. They are my custom skins for jonny chiba's excellent Sharkalligator model. They come in five colors and you can download them now at If you don't know about, then you are missing something great. It is a repository for paper toys for the artists who create the paper toys. I will be posting all of my designs and customs there in the… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on January 12, 2010 at 11:26am — 13 Comments

Paper Toy Expo

On Tuesday, Oct. 20th we celebrated National Design Week in my classroom by having a Paper Toy Expo open to the whole high school. Over forty students came in at lunch to build Paper Totems. For many students this was their first experience building paper toys, but definitely not their last! It was so successful that the students are demanding that we do this once a month throughout the school year.

The students had their choice of… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on October 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

National Design Week/Design Associates Paper Toy Unveiled

Today we unveiled our commemorative paper toy for our upcoming celebration of National Design Week. This little guy will be handed out to everyone attending our lunchtime Paper Toy Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 20th. He will be produced in limited numbers and will surely become a collector’s item for anyone with a paper toy collection. The Paper Toy Expo is one of a week long series of activities sponsored by our very own Design Associates Club.

National Design Week… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on October 9, 2009 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Paper is wood, wood is paper?

I wanted to try my hand at something new this summer, so I tried making toys out of wood. The first is titled "Douglas" and he is a friendly sort of guy. The other is titled "I think it is something he ate" and he looks a little bit ill, a little bit mean, and a whole lotta stuffed. Lumberjacks taste funny. I hope to make more in the future.

Drop me a line and let me know what you… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on September 22, 2009 at 10:15am — 6 Comments

Busy, Busy, Part 2

Here is Bubble Nani's spouse, Chromatic Nani. I designed her after the Bubble Nani when I got to looking at the artwork on my first custom and thought about how cool it might look if she was filled with color. I think it works.

If you would like to build a Chromatic Nani of your own, please drop me an e-mail at and I will forward the PDF file to… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on July 1, 2009 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Busy, busy, busy

Here is my first custom of the Nanibird toy - Bubble Nani. I completed him over the weekend and you can drop me an e-mail at if you would like the PDF to build. Thanks mckibillo for a cool model to customize.

One more thing to mark off my to-do list.

Added by Scott Schaller on July 1, 2009 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

My custom for Moopf's Bertie

Well, it's been a busy and creative weekend in the Schaller house. I took some time to tackle my ever growing to do list and here is the first one. It is a custom of Bertie by Moopf which I have named Bertie Bot. He oozes green goo and has a tri-forked tongue which he uses to devour any gear he can find.

If you would like to build Bertie Bot, contact Moopf or send an e-mail to and I will forward you the… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on June 30, 2009 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Box Fox Custom : Rocky Foxboa

Here is my custom of Cooper's Box Fox model. I named him Rocky Foxboa, and of course, he is the champ. I will be sending Cooper the template for downloading. Check out his Box Fox Group for more details.

Added by Scott Schaller on June 26, 2009 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Green Dragon Mockup

Hi everyone, here is an update on the progress of my dragon toy. It is kicking my butt, but I think I am getting close to having a finished product. I would like to know what everyone thinks about this thing. I have been working on it for months and I just can't seem to get it right. Especially the legs. Any suggestions would be gladly considered for the next build. Never again will I design and build something this complex! ; )…


Added by Scott Schaller on June 26, 2009 at 1:18pm — 4 Comments

What to do when you're in a creative waste land.

Okay, so I know it isn't really an urban paper toy, but you have to admit that it is a freakin awesome model. This is a 14 page (11 x 17) model I found a few months back that has frightened me for too long. I decided that now was a good time to build it. I can't seem to get enthusiastic about my own stuff, so I decided to give myself a building challenge. And what a challenge. It took a solid week to build and the instructions were in Japanese.… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on June 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

Paper Dragon

It has been a crazy month, but I have been working on this guy for a while. It is a custom GRUMM (no really!) that has gotten a little crazy. I still have some work to do on the legs and feet, but I think it's coming along nicely. If you want to see how this guy evolved from GRUMM to Dragon, check out the photo gallery for the evolution of the GRUMM Dragon pics. I hope to create four designs, but that will have to wait for summer to start. Until… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on June 2, 2009 at 9:41am — 8 Comments

Urban Paper Toys Book Party Pics

My crew and I attended the big party at Mobius in LA on Saturday. We brought some equipment and recorded the event for all of you out-of-towners (or out-of-country folk) to enjoy as well. It was an amazing event with many toys on display. I have posted the photos on a Flickr set:…


Added by Scott Schaller on May 4, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

My first toy design

Well, I have finally gone and done it. After making many complex customs (usually too complex), I have dived in to making my own toy template. I don't have a name for this little guy yet, or a skin design, but I know my first design will be a robot of some kind. I tackled the creation of my toy by putting a bunch of interesting shapes together in the hopes that they would become something. What do think of… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on May 1, 2009 at 12:46pm — 11 Comments

Calling all… TANKS?

Here is my second custom of Horrorwood's Calling All Cars model. The idea came to me while watching the History Channel and I thought about a tank painted up in pink camo. I thought it was a little funny, hope you like it too.

Added by Scott Schaller on April 24, 2009 at 5:10pm — 9 Comments


> Okay, so we aren’t an official international governmental agency so we can’t REALLY declare it International Urban Paper Toy Week, but you have to wonder how these things get started. The way I figure it, someone decides to do it, they get a group of individuals to agree and it just sort of happens. Well, maybe. I think the publishing of a book completely devoted to the amazing work of international paper toy artists seems like a great… Continue

Added by Scott Schaller on April 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

Calling All Cars! Custom Hot Rod

It took a while, but I finally finished my Calling All Cars custom. If you're talking about custom cars, then you have to have the American Muscle Car represented. Here is my interpretation of a California custom hot rod. Enjoy.

Added by Scott Schaller on April 16, 2009 at 9:14pm — 9 Comments

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