About Box Buddies

Hello, I’m Jon, the creator of Box Buddies. I’m a graphic designer but have also been designing and making paper toys since I was a child.

I started working on paper toys again when I noticed my children engrossed in the world of standard stickers and trading cards. This sparked a thought: could I craft a collectible card that not only piqued their interest but also delivered a richer play experience?

Fast forward to 2013 when I unveiled my first commercial paper toy – OiDroids robots. They made their debut in ‘Box of Awesome’ and were soon available at WHSmith and toy stores throughout the UK. There were elusive foil cards, an Augmented Reality app, and OiDroids won the ‘License This ‘competition when I presented it at Brand Licensing Europe in 2015.

Soon after I launched my first Box Buddies set – a super-simple collection of box monsters, initially conceived as a sustainable alternative to disposable plastic party bag fillers. I’ve since updated the design and introduced new themed sets, culminating in five sets: Boxibos Animals, Galactics, Monsters, Pets, and Robots.

I liked the idea of adding a simple game to my collectible paper toys and came up with Monyamo – a collection of 90 3D monster cards to build and play in the battle of Monyamo.

My enduring interest in robot characters led me to create Bitsabots, a collection of 72 tiny papercraft robot cards to make, collect and display using the unique Bitsalinks included on each card. They come closer to my original vision of a pop-out and build trading card than anything I’ve designed so far.

Recent additions to the range include Foldimals Cats and Dogs, along with Box Figures – which are constructed from multiple pieces, so are aimed at older children (as well as big kids). Each Box Figure builds into a posable paper toy figure.

All Box Buddies sets are designed to be simple and fun to make, so no cutting or sticking is needed.

There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from crafting paper toys, and I aspire to share that delight with others through Box Buddies.

All Box Buddies sets are sustainably designed and printed in the UK. Everything is plastic-free, 100% recyclable and printed with eco inks. 

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Jon Klemenz, Creator of Box Buddies and OiDroids
The original Box Buddies Monsters set
The first Box Buddies set
Box Buddies Bitsabots robots
Box Buddies Box Figure 01 BX-1
BX-1, one of three Box Figures