My friend was returning from overseas for a visit and I wanted to make a custom 3D Origami present for him. One of his favorite videogame series was Final Fantasy, so I decided to make a Chocobo. I’m happy to say he loved it.
I looked at various pictures of Chocobos online for reference, but it’s mainly based on this one [link]
. This is a base-20 model for the most part, comprised of a few hundred pieces.
HEAD: Base-6 form with extra modules glued around to resemble the feathers that stick out. An orange piece was glued to the bottom for a beak. It’s then glued directly to the neck at an angle.
WINGS: Made separately before being glued on in a flapping fashion. It wouldn’t lay nicely against the body otherwise.
TAIL: Has many one side slotted pieces in order to simulate loose feathers sticking out.
CHEST: An open yellow module is glued to the front of the Chocobo for depth.
LEGS: The most tricky. I inserted modules into one another and then halfway down, reversed the orientation of the modules to make the leg bend. I wasn’t sure if I could make it stand on its own. However, the tripod like quality of its talons enabled it to stand freely (shockingly). Of course, I had to alter the module for the back talons for this to work. The module was folded a couple times lengthwise before being folded and glued in half and then attached to the back end of the feet. The legs were glued to the body from the underside. Some modules were removed below to make room.
If I had to do this differently, I would have figured out a way to make the beak look less awkward from the front. Perhaps, I should have painted the pieces first. I jokingly thought of getting a FF figurine to ride it. A keychain version would probably have been best, haha.
- Colored Paper (All are modules. Mostly yellow, with some white (talons), and one orange (beak).)
- Glue (For extremities.)
- Paint (Legs. The brown paper I had wasn’t dark enough.)
- Drawn Eyes (Glued on.)
Time Estimated: Excluding the time to make the modules, I guess about 5 hours more or less of trial and error.
Please check out “Chocobo Angles – 3DO” for different views.
Edited: August 30, 2010 Broke up description into sections.