On with the explanation. If you ever had younger siblings or children you may remember a time at birthdays or christmases when they were far more entertained with the wrapping paper than with any gift no matter how much time or money you spent on it. Well along these lines of logic, the purpose of this instructable is to make anyone you might give a gift to feel like a two year old again.
Just to make sure everyone understands the concept. These are papercraft action figures. They are hollow and allow room to fit a gift inside. What makes them even more awesome is that the shoulders and elbows actually move, so you can make them battle like rock 'em sock 'em robots as long as you are giving more than one at a time.
This instructable will take a lot of time. Probably several hours. I doubt anyone could do it in less than one, and if you want to take that as a challenge be my guest. Take note that size matters. Know your dimensions before you build. The ones I have built have bean a little over a foot tall and you could just barely fit a CD or Nintendo DS game in them. If you want an estimate the size of the finished product just check the dimensions of the chest cavity.
Step 1: Supplies
Fair warning, do not make these out of printer paper, newspaper, tissue paper, construction paper, etc. You need something rigid and capable of supporting weight.
Do not use scotch tape it isn't strong enough. You could use duct tape, shipping tape, etc. it's up to you. I wouldn't recommend glue. This is a long enough project as it is and you don't want to be waiting for things to dry.
Markers or paint
Optional, but awesome:
Step 2: Creating the Pieces
Remember you must size all three images the same way. Each image is the same size and each shape is perfectly proportioned that way.
How to do it.
Your two best options are to either cut the images into equal sized pieces and scale them up by 200%, 5000%, etc. and then print on a couple sheets of card stock. You could print on regular paper and then trace it onto a posterboard.
View each picture, measure the dimensions against the screen with a ruler and draw them onto a posterboard. You don't need to be a great artist most of the pieces just require straight lines and 90 degree angles.
I used the latter method, but it's your choice.
Remember the right and left arms and legs are exact mirrors. You can draw the parts for one arm or one leg and just cut out two copies of each piece by layering the paper.
Step 3: Cut Out the Pieces.
If you want to make more than one of these, which I would suggest for fighting purposes, then layer the paper so that you can cut out a few copies of each piece without having to draw, print, or cut multiple times.
If you want a shortcut ignore the blue triangles. Blue trapezoids are important, but blue triangles you really don't need. I went without the triangles, but that's just me.
Step 4: Building It
Optional: enhancing the arms
Do not cut or print pieces 8 or 9 and don't cut a hole in 10 for either arm. Instead get four small magnets. I used four cylindrical neodymium ones because they're cool. Tape one where the armhole in the chest should be on the inside. Tape the other where the hole in 10 should be on the inside of the arm. This way the arms are held in place better, and will swing more freely.
Step 5: Decorating It.
The hardest one was Halo's Master Chief. It took hours. I even engraved the visor. The easiest was Frosty the snowman. I drew some buttons and a face and gave him a top hat.
Tips to make it easier.
If you can't even draw a decent stick figure(no offense), then use stickers. I don't care where you get them, but you could easily find a sticker of a face.
Stick to solid colors with few designs. I wouldn't even dare attempt any kind of shading. An easier build was Homer Simpson. White shirt, blue pants, grey shoes, yellow skin, and brown five o' clock shadow.
If you aren't even confident in coloring or you don't want to leave marker lines, just use paper or posterboard that is already the color you want.
Step 6: Finishing Up.
Now hide something inside it. The chest is the largest empty space. As I said you will have to size accordingly.
Give it to someone. True love, family, best friend, worst enemy, mailman who may fit into one or more of the previous categories.
If you gave away multiple or if you know someone who has one already make them fight. I taped chopsticks to their arms to control them.
Enjoy holidays, birthdays, etc.