Dr. Penk and Goriborg are the creation of Takashi Tsunoda, a designer in Japan. His handiwork is all about hand work -- Takashi wants kids and adults to use their hands and stimulate their brains when they’re making his Piperoid robots. Takashi came up with the concept after rolling newspaper bits into straws and building figurines with them. His other robotic duos include hard-rocker Guyzer and his apprentice (and only fan) Bean, and the energetic samurai warrior Rokusuke (whose sword is too long to brandish) and his dog Hachi.
All the characters are built entirely out of paper, and they have movable joints so you can put them in different poses while you’re playing. Each kit comes with paper pipes that have pre-drilled holes and marks so you know where to cut, fold and connect the pieces. You don’t need any glue or tape, just a pair of scissors. You can get creative with the pieces, too. If you move or swap different Piperoid body parts, you can invent your own paper droids and plot your own planetary takeover.