Cubicity

Cubicity – easy to assemble collectible paper toys. The idea is to have a growing set of free, low-impact toys. Since these are essentially small boxes (3cm high), they can be opened and flattened for easy portability, like so:

You can take a whole bunch of them on a trip and still have less volume and weight than with a small plastic toy. And if you happen to lose one of these guys, they are replaced in no time and at virtually no cost. Just print the template, cut it out, fold it and glue one flap.

Here is a family of six, if you count the pets as well, ready to go on a trip with their trusty VW bus:

Pizza delivery boy blending into the crowd:

… just like the slightly confused green swamp monster:

As always, the devil is in the detail:

 

  • Cubicity model #024: Female scientist female_scientist2a  Just made the latest addition to the Cubicity set: A female scientist. This was a custom request by a reader, Trudy, who rightfully felt that women were a bit underrepresented in Cubicity. So, here she is:   She has a beaker in her other hand, which makes her both a chemist and a physicist – just like one ...
  • Cubicity model #023 – Cosmonaut P1170039Here is the second protagonist of the space race – the cosmonaut. Much as his friend, the astronaut, he knows no limits but the edge of space itself. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #022 – Facehugger P1170040Poor little space man – this space opera ain’t got no happy ending. Seems he played too much with alien eggs and ended up with one of Mr. Giger’s pets. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #021 – Astronaut P1170038If the earth just isn’t enough for you, here is an astronaut ready to conquer space. And if you are in for a little space race, please meet his friend the cosmonaut. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #020 – Brigand P1170037What would a good drama be without the bad guys? Enter the brigand: He is evil incarnate, at least that’s what he wants you to believe. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #019 – Volkswagen bus P1160854Here’s a treat for all you hippies out there – a true to the form Volkswagen bus. As a child, when these were a common sight on the streets, I always dreamed of having one for the family. In the 70ies and 80ies, a Volkswagen bus was the pinnacle of self-propelled transportation. So it was ...
  • Cubicity model #018 – Grandmother P1160862This is Grandma. Well, I’m not exactly sure who’s Grandma anyway, but it’s always useful to have one of the elder nice ladies around. Kasperl and Seppl will claim she’s theirs, but as far as I can tell the two are neither siblings nor cousins, so it’s obviously more complicated than that. Anyway, she will ...
  • Cubicity model #017 – Seppl P1160858This is Seppl, Kasperl’s best friend and trusted companion. In the traditional German Kasperltheater he usually looks like the stereotypical Oktoberfest German, what with his Lederhosen and pointy green hat. Being reduced to a cube, there is not much left of the pointy hat, but I am somewhat partial to the slightly bizarre cap into ...
  • Cubicity model #016 – the King P1160868Royalty has arrived in Cubicity – all hail the king! He is without a queen, as of now (but this should change in the not too distant future), but nevertheless the proud and just ruler of his square kingdom. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #015 – Police officer Boroncki P1160860This is officer Boroncki, here to keep up the law in Cubicity. I am not quite sure if the dash below his moustache is a smile or a double chin from too many doughnuts. Anyway, Boroncki is definitely one of the ‘good cops’ and here to help you. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #014 – Gretel P1160856This is Gretel, the traditional female lead in the German Kasperl theater, where she plays a similar role as Judy for Mr. Punch. Gretel is very mild tempered and good-natured, and her most important task is to keep Kasperl’s antics at bay. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #013 – Kasperl P1160864Now, here is a crash course in German (and Austrian) folk culture: Kasperl is the main protagonist of traditional German puppet theaters, and as such the counterpart to the English Mister Punch. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #012 – Crocodile P1160866At first glance, you might confuse the crocodile with the swamp monster, both being green and somewhat menacing and all. Crocboy, however, would strongly object. He claims to actually be quite a nice and wellbehaving crocodile, who’d never do anybody harm. Big boyscout promise. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #011 – Devil P1160857Well, where people are, the devil ain’t far. He seems a bit grumpy. No idea why. Maybe his breakfast cereals went all soggy when he was busy on the phone or something… Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #010 – palm tree P1160879Here are happy little trees to go with the cubicity population. Not exactly a precise copy of nature, but the boxy people like them. When you make them, you assemble them like they were just a rather long box. However, since they have cuts along their four sides, you can push the top down, so ...
  • Cubicity model #009 – Pizza delivery boy P1160853Ok, admittedly this pizza will likely be cold at the time you finally hold it in your hand. In pizza delivery boy’s defense, this is not his ultimate dream job, he just needs the money to put him through college. So tip generously. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #008 – Scientist’s swamp monster P1160859Meet Swampy the swamp monster. Swampy was created by the scientist (yes, you heard right: The scientist) in one of his many failed experiments to solve the problem of mortality. Although his appearance may suggest otherwise, Swampy is very good-natured and an A-ok monster. At least as long as it’s near his master… Here is the ...
  • Cubicity model #007 – Scientist P1160852You can’t call him exactly an egg head, but he lives for science and for science only. A truly brilliant mind, he is constantly occupied with sciencey stuff. Which seems to be quite dangerous, or why else would he need these immense safety goggles? Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #006 – Rover the dog P1160863Meet Rover, Cubicity man’s best friend. Nobody knows what breed he is, but everybody agrees that this is a mighty fine dog. Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #005 – Theodore the cat P1160870The first cubicity animal (stay tuned for more of the little critters). As far as cats go, Theodore is a pretty relaxed and mellow guy. Be careful, though: He knows he’s pretty cute, he is fully aware of the godlike status of cats on the internet, and he doesn’t hesitate to use this knowledge to ...
  • Cubicity model #004 – Dirk P1160867Dirk is Lucy’s sister and all around a pretty ok boy. Sure, his antics are sometimes a bit over the top, but such are the ways of little boys, right? Here is the template.
  • Cubicity model #003 – Lucy P1160865Hi, meet Lucy. She is the daughter of Mr. Tuxedo guy and the blue lady. If you ask her brother Dirk, he will tell you that Lucy can be a real nuisance. Being the older sister, the balance of power is certainly tipped towards her, but Dirk has a few tricks of his own up his ...
  • Cubicity model #002 Lady in blue P1160869May I introduce: Please meet the lady in blue (or, should I say, lady in cyan?), wife to Mr. Tuxedo guy. She is the friendly, extroverted type, although a bit moody at times (just ask Mr. Tuxedo). Here is the PDF template.
  • Cubicity model #001 Tuxedo guy P1160861So here is the first cubicity model: Tuxedo guy. He actually isn’t as lonely as it may seem – he has a family, including two kids, cat and dog. Coming up soon. Here is the (incredibly easy to assemble) PDF template.