Rob Ives' "Gizmos" looks like a blast: a $13 book that includes cut-out automata you can make yourself, such as popping frogs and marching robots.
Using the ingenious punch-out designs included in Gizmos, you can assemble six enchanting automata by designer Rob Ives–and when you’ve mastered the fundamental techniques, you can create new designs of your own. Gizmos includes:Take that, ancient Rhodes! Gizmos -- The best paper automata deal around! [Barnes and Noble via Dugnorth]
• A pre-made pop-up frog ready to jump right out of the box!
• Pre-stamped punch-out parts for two snap-up models that are perfect for first-time builders
• Complete punch-out parts to create six full-color, fully animated paper machines: Die Fledermaus, Mouthy Moose, Schrödinger’s Cat, Shrimp Boat, Surf Bunny, and Marching Robot
• A 144-page book with an introduction to automata and the simple mechanisms–cranks, cams, and levers–that give them life; easy-to-follow instructions to make eight Rob Ives models; and handy reusable templates for each of the model parts, to get you started on future projects