Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Super Saucer Fun at Durham Arts Council

I brought a new toy design to the Campers at the Durham Arts Council, one I knew would be a surefire hit - an easy-to-assemble Flying Saucer that really flies. This was a prototype kit, one that I plan to have on sale, and the campers eagerly helped me test the instructions, playability and customization properties. I could not have expected a better test-flight session!

This particular group was already made of seasoned building pros, having worked hard to master the E-motibot robots from Friday last week. The two piece Flying Saucer turned out to be less of a challenge, but hands raised in the air early on proved that my instructions were more confusing than helpful!

Thankfully, I was able to show the volunteers how to assemble both the saucer and the astronaut. Pretty soon, saucers were flying across the room  or were being decorated to the umpteenth degree. Take a look at some of these impressive builds!

Thanks again to Christina, Sara, all of the Volunteers and the Campers themselves for helping me test this design. Everyone had so much fun and I couldn't be happier!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Robots at Durham Arts

I had an amazing time at the Durham Arts Council today, and so did 22 Summer Camp artists! I brought prototype builds of Compass, Antenna, and Hammer to the afternoon session. Armed with an instruction sheet, I let the kids get to the building.

After some struggle (and hard lessons about making good instructions), the volunteers got everybody a finished robot to play with, even for the younger campers. Sadly, I didn't get a photo of every bot - my camera setting got tweaked and there were too many blurry shots - my apologies campers!

Once the bots were built, I was surprised, yet again, by how fast the robots got decorated with unique characteristics, patterns, and even names. Thank you campers - you helped to make this very fun!

Thanks also to Willa Brigham, Christina, Janet (for Sharpies), the volunteers and everybody else for their help making this a fun session.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Art Fun at the Durham Arts Council

Last week, I had the privilege of presenting as a guest artist again at the Durham Arts Council's Summer Arts Camp. A giant crew of children were participating in various artistic activities. I brought them pre-cut patterns for my Draw-On-It Poplocks Pattern, "Muglee", specially designed for live events.

After teaching them how to pop out the parts, how to assemble a Poplocks connection and how to build the toy, the campers proceeded to make each Muglee their own. Just check out these mugs (and click on "Read More" to see the rest!):

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Maker Faire 2014 - 01

Setting up at Maker Faire NC 2014

Maker Faire happened again at the Raleigh Fairegrounds, this time in the much larger exposition center - just big enough to contain the crowd that came through to see all of the great inventions, crafts, gadgets, DIY-projects being shown and shared for many to see and play with.

Poplocks were there as well, along with my friends from Splat Space, Durham's hacker and maker space.

So many parts and colors
A large group of children and adults came by to make some really impressive original designs. It was "make and take" so everybody who built could bring their creation home with them, no charge! As you can see above, the chaos was controlled with some handy parts organizers, made from double-side laminate paper I was lucky enough to find at Scrap Exchange, Durham's giant warehouse of upcycle-able materials.

Thanks to Joe, Sarah, John, Cate, Geoffrey, Shaw, Jeff, and everybody at Splat Space for their help! In addition to Poplocks, we also had a ton of fun stuff to show off, including the Bullitron Indie-Game Arcade Cabinet, a glowing rainbow-lit cloud, Squishy Circuits, Moog music, a tech-junk Dissemble station, vinyl stickers, 3d printing and a giant silver Poplocks Flying Saucer. Check out @splatspace on Twitter to see more pics.

Below is a small sample of the creative builds that took shape (more to come in a second post):

Best Dino
A Delightful Dolphin

This figure came stomping through when done

A mechanism of supreme complexity

We ran out of Dodeca-spheres early!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Puma King is combined and ready for you to make. Jame's Fritzler's exceptionally-detailed ultra combiner starts out as five ferocious Puma vehicles that join together to fight... well, we hope they work to fight evil!

Visit Netroid Universe to download and make yours!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fantastic Facebot

Facebot, one of the larger robot templates on this site, is usually excited when he is built in new places. Yohan made this Facebot, and it was only the third paper toy he's ever built! Facebot was clearly excited, as you can see:

Thanks for sharing, Yohan!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Apex Band Carnival

Apex Band Carnival was a pretty cool day! Paper Poseables was invited to bring Poplocks toys and host an arts and crafts table for anybody to walk up and start building. This was our first outdoor event and was quite exciting.

Sharebot was there too, allowing builders to take photos so we could share on the net later. You can check out the flickr gallery of some of the photos right here.

Thanks again to Joe Diver for helping prepare and run the table. Also thanks to Pete Soper and Terri Pisasecki for inviting me to participate at the carnival. I'll see everybody there next year!

Friday, September 27, 2013


Skorpod has emerged from the most fearsome of robotic Netroid desert environments... to be downloaded and printed inside your home!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Phase Bots Wave 2

Phase Bots are James Fritzler's loving tribute to our favorite transforming robots. Now the population of these robots are doubled with Wave 2 of the Phasebots. The basic design of these bots is also pushed to the limit, with all new transformed vehicle shapes -- A-Train has 2 vehicle modes, train and starship!

Swave, A-Train, and S-Scream are here and ready to be built. You can download these remarkable paper toys from the Phasebot Google+ page!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Poplocks Snakebot

Snakebot is back and is now easier to make! Poplock Snakebot is a single template that you print over and over again to make longer and longer snakes!

Click "Read More" to see how to download, cut-out, and assemble Poplock Snakebot!