What I Learn From Paper Theaters: Episode 3What I Learn From Paper Theaters: Episode 3Review

galabluegalablueHace 1 mes
Hi everyone!

Woot, woot! My Japanese class is all done. I had my final Kanji exam at 5:30AM and had 6 other tests right after! I was exhausted and spent yesterday relaxing, but today I got around to doing some things I love ... I made a loaf of bread, I played some video games, and I built a paper theater!

Next up in my queue is ITEM #1027679, which surprisingly was not in the DB but I have since added it. I bought this kit from HLJ for 20USD and it took me around 2 hours to make.

The reason why I chose this kit next is because it seemed to have a good opportunity to practice coloring in pieces before hand, allowing me to further customize it. It also had fake grass, which my next kit has a lot of ... so I wanted to attempt it in the background before I used it in the foreground.

Anyhow, let's dive in! This kit was actually pretty easy, and I would say it would be a good beginning kit for someone looking to get into the Miniatuart paper theater line. You'll need an x-acto blade and glue to complete the kit, but I also recommend getting some markers and tweezers as well.

Check out the spoiler for the instructions if you're interested.

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I'm actually really happy, I understood the kanji for 赤 (red)! How cool.


The first thing I do with a new paper theater kit is lay out the paper in alphabetical order. It helps me see any problem areas with the kit. I noticed right away I would have to color in Tombo's shirt, but I missed some other things I had to color in, and so I did it along the way as I examined the pieces.


From now on, the first thing I will do is color in the pieces. It is so much easier to color in before they have been cut out. This kit only said to color in Tombo's shirt, Tombo's eyes, Tombo's hair, and Kiki's eyes ... but I ended up coloring in a lot more than that. It recommended to color in Tombo and Kiki's eyes in black, but I colored Tombo's eyes light brown and Kiki's eyes dark brown.


One thing I noticed is that Kiki's hair had a missing piece? It was not included in the kit, but you can see that the left side of her hair has a little spot for black hair. I ended up coloring it in and I think it looked a lot better.


Tombo and Kiki are so cute together! I also colored in Tombo's hair and his glasses. I really love how this kit did his jeans rolled up. I really think that coloring the kit gives it a more complete and finished look, so I definitely think you can do it! Pro tip, you can "test" your colors out on the paper that you haven't cut out, because remember the colored paper will change your color and sometimes it could be too dark.


The base for me is always the most stressful part, but I decided to go slowly and methodically, which made me a lot happier. I waited until each piece fully dried to put it together, and the middle piece shown above just fit in, so I didn't bother being stressed and glueing it.


The base came together quite nicely! I had a lot of fun putting the grass on, and I think the blue sky really adds to this figure. It's not pictured yet, but I had a lot of fun making the buildings in the background. I colored all of them in and made the clock tower blue. I know it's not cannon, but I love when copper turns blue, so I decided that the clock tower was a copper tower, turned blue by time.


So for the grass, I definitely could have done it a bit differently. I was really nervous to put a lot on, but I think you should just put glue down, dump it, and then shake it around. It worked a lot better when I did it like that the second time. I will do this for my future kits. Also, be warned, it is really messy working with the fake grass, so you might want to do it outside.

I used the larger bushy pieces to fill up holes in the grass, and I really liked being able to put the accessories slightly tilted up as if they were resting on bushes.

The kit was done within two hours, and I couldn't be happier! I definitely think it is my best work thus far. Prepare for picture spam!


I love the base on this one, Jiji is so cute!


Not really many angles to see here, but this kit came together so easily compared to the other miniatuart kits I have done. I'm not sure if it's because I am just better or if it's just legitimately an easier kit ... but I would definitely say to pick this one up! Only thing that bugged me about this kit was the fact that coloring in Tombo's glasses was so difficult. I'm not really happy with how that turned out, but I think it looks good from afar.

It was so fun to do, not stressful, and it looks great. I just love the way that Tombo looks at Kiki ... aaaa!

Hope you guys have a great rest of your weekend! Thanks for reading.
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Congratulations on finishing your class!

Lovely paper theatre! I have one from Spirited Away that I bought during one of my trips to Tokyo. They’re so much fun! Will definitely buy more next time!
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Good job on finishing your Japanese class! :D The paper theatre seems pretty easy to do but looks very cute! Nice job!
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Reminds me of papercraft models! Have you made papercrafts before?

I'll admit, I thought the article thumbnail was a screenshot from the movie.
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Congrats on finishing up your Japanese language class. And I am glad that you were able to destress and have a fun time with this kit!
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azureblueHace 1 mes#81512926These are like model kits but cheaper. I love it! Can't wait to see more.

Yeah, and what I love about this line in particular is that each of the bases is different, and if you collect all of the ones from the movie, you get like special characters on them. They're small and cheap but feel luxurious. Thanks for the comment!
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These are like model kits but cheaper. I love it! Can't wait to see more.
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