Adorn your bleak cubby with retro papercraft gaming consoles

My desk is a testament to immaturity (or brilliance, depending on how much you like Marvel Zombies Minimates), where the vinyl toys outnumber the paper clips 2:1. But in these hard economic times, the only thing better than vinyl toys is paper toys, especially ones with a gamer-centric theme. So, it should come as no surprise to my co-workers when I spend the rest of the day monopolizing the color copier to create these iconic old skool gaming consoles, courtesy of Marshall Alexander at Foldskool Heroes.

“Growing up in the seventies and eighties, my childhood memories basically consist of videogames, bright plastic toys and TV cartoons,” says Marshall. “Any time that was left I spent drawing and programming games for my Commodore 64.”

Marshall has condensed the most awesome memories of our childhoods into one-piece paper toys that, with the help of some intricate folding and gluing, can be transformed into 3-dimensional models that will both brighten your work space and kill some time. The set includes the Commodore 64, the Atari 2600 Junior and a vintage Nolan Bushnell Pong unit. All three consoles are available as downloadable PDFs for the wallet-friendly price of “free.”

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