Check out that awesome googly-eyed velociraptor! He’s a giant industrial origami project called KitRex and he was created by Lehigh University grad student Lisa Glover.

"KitRex began as a homework assignment where I was asked to research a manufacturing process and demonstrate it in a unique way. I decided to research Industrial Origami, and over the course of 50 hours I designed, cut, and built a wearable 15-ft long velociraptor out of cardboard. I took him to a costume ball, and when I tromped into the room, literally everyone stopped to stare. He was the star of the evening, and everyone wanted one. I knew I had to do something."

Lisa then started (and successfully funded) a KitRex Kickstarter project to help her mass-produce an adorable 3-foot-long KitRex (since most people don’t have the space for a 15-ft paper dino). After months of prototyping and testing with kids between 8 - 12 years old, the final KitRex was born as a bristol board model that’s easily flat-packed and shipped anywhere (But you have to add your own googly eyes). A few lucky Kickstarter contributors were rewarded with giant 15-foot KitRexes of their very own.

Lisa isn’t quite ready to ship the KitRex, but for the time being you can click here to download a free pattern that fits on a standard 8x10 sheet of paper. It’ll be like playing with a dino hatchling.

[via Uproxx and KitRex]

British artist Dean Patman has been fascinated by animals ever since he was little. As a child he drew them, but now he uses everyday objects like spoons, forks, teapots and knives to create impressively life-like animal sculptures.

"I’ve always been a little nutty about animals." he says, "At school my teachers soon learnt that the best way to motivate me was to make it about animals. I especially loved being able to draw or model them."

Visit Dean Patman’s website to check out more of his awesome found object animal sculptures.

[via Junkculture]

Ecuador-based illustrator and art director Javier Pérez mixes everyday object with simple line drawings to create a whimsical and clever series of photo illustrations like the pieces seen here. The binder rings of a notebook become the jaws of dinosaur, a handful of nails are the spiny coat on an adorable hedgehog, a bunch of grapes are balloons lifting a child off his feet. It’s delightful and you can see lots more over on Javier’s Instagram account.

[via Colossal]

These awesome 3D paintings are part of a new exhibit at the Shenyang art gallery in Tianjin, China. The gallery has 50 such playful pieces, each of which appears incomplete until viewers step up and interact with them. It’s a safe opportunity to brush a hippo’s teeth, wrestle with a monstrous snake, or even spar with Bruce Lee.

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more.

The first time we posted about the wonderful work of origami artist Matthieu Georger (previously featured here) it was to share his incredible cobra. Last month Mattheiu created this awesome T-Rex Skeleton based on a design created by the late Japanese origami master Issei Yoshino. It was folded using 2 sheets of mc [Methyl Cellulose] treated tissue paper.

Check out Matthieu Georger’s Flickr page for more of his amazing origami creatures.

[via Matthieu Georger]

As plush dinosaurs go, this little green Tyrannosaurus rex is pretty freaking cute. That is, until you find out that he was handmade on the International Space Station by NASA astronaut and mechanical engineer Karen Nyberg. A toy dino made in space? By an astronaut? Yep, that’s not just cute, that’s completely awesome.

Karen made the toy during moments of downtime on the ISS using the velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers onboard the space station. The adorable dinosaur was sewn together using needles and thread that the industrious astronaut brought aboard herself. To stuff it she used scraps of an old t-shirt. We love his pudgy green belly.

And here’s the icing on the cake: Karen made this toy for her 3-year-old son - who, as soon as he receives this awesome gift, will have some of the best little kid bragging rights ever: owner of the first and (for now) only toy made in space.

It seems we have a new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting.

[via Geekosystem]

Unexpected cake or donuts are great, but nothing breaks up a boring day at the office quite like being chased by a ferocious velociraptor. This video clip from Japanese TV shows an unsuspecting office worker who just happened to be walking down the hall when he was pranked by a man wearing an awesome animatronic dinosaur costume. It must be stressful enough worrying about Kaiju attacks, let alone savage dinosaurs in the workplace.

And then it happened again. Click here to watch the second video.

[via Laughing Squid]

This awesome chrome Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was created by French artist Philippe Pasqua and installed overlooking the river Seine in Paris, France. The life-size sculpture is made from 350 molded bones and measures 21 feet long by 12 feet tall. He’s a wonderful and ferocious sight.

Photos by Anthony Gelot

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London-based French photographer Franck Allais uses photoshop to play with perspective and add an unexpected element of whimsy to his photos. While the monster made of a hamburger and french fries is pretty great, we’re especially fond of the images where small toys are transformed into giants. Head over to Franck’s website to view more of his work.

[via Design You Trust]

Today is the third and final day of the Emerald City Comicon here in Seattle, WA. The awesome vibe is still going strong and Archie McPhee is still proudly occupying booth #2013, doing our part to fan the flames of wonderful, whimsical geekery that permeate every corner of the Washington State Convention Center.

One of the happenings we promised would take place during ECCC was the opportunity to meet the Original Unicorn, and boy howdy, was that ever an awesome experience.  As you can see from the many images posted above, not only did people get to meet the Unicorn, people also hugged the Unicorn, communed with the Unicorn, and even danced with the Unicorn.

The Unicorn also met other completely awesome Unicorns. He even got to meet Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time, which was a dream come true! 

Then there was the unfortunate incident with the poor Star TrekRedshirt" on the worst away mission ever - accidentally stabbed by a unicorn when approaching for a simple hug. Life can be so cruel. Hilarious, but cruel.

There’s still a little time left to come over to booth #2013 and say hello. Unicorns, horses, anthropomorphic bacon characters and squirrels wearing underpants would love to meet you.