Originated from the idea of putting rolled papers together to form various tools and architectural forms for the purpose of enhancing kids’ creativity, Koto released a new brand of colourful and cute paper pipe robots in 2006, marking the birth of Piperoid. Hoping to recall the fun of handcrafting to adults alike, Piperoid tries to revive the ...
Originated from the idea of putting rolled papers together to form various tools and architectural forms for the purpose of enhancing kids’ creativity, Koto released a new brand of colourful and cute paper pipe robots in 2006, marking the birth of Piperoid. Hoping to recall the fun of handcrafting to adults alike, Piperoid tries to revive the excitement adults once experienced in “model-making”, by just simply cutting paper pipes to form robots. Later bestowed as “Piperoid Classics”, these robots all have individual personalities and they live in a unique “Pipe Robot World”, aiming ultimately at invading the Earth.
Highly regarded for its simplicity in form and easiness in building, Piperoid won “Good Design Award” in 2007, a year after its birth. In the same year when Piperoid started its sales at MoMA Design Store Japan, Piperoid launched a new series – the “Piperoid Characters” in 2008. While giving even more attention to the diverse use of Japanese traditional colours, Piperoid Characters doubled the fun by adding one more little companion figure into each package.
Wishing more fun for children as well, Piperoid launched in 2012 a new product line --- the “Piperoid Animals” – using pipes to create children’s most familiar animals in wildlife e.g. elephants, lions, alligators and penguins, which won the “Good Design Award” in 2013. Items launched under the Piperoid Animals Series afterwards are the “Beetles” series, our lovely pets the “Dogs” & the “Cats” series, which debuted in spring and winter in 2015 respectively.
Smoke is always serious and hard-working. His desire to master ninja techniques in a quiet and peaceful environment is often interrupted by Bill, who babbles all day long. Perhaps he's bored with the reality of a ninja life which isn't as exciting as the ones he's been fascinated by in the comic books.
Dr. Penk is a little genius doctor. Always devoting himself to research, he shows no interest in fame despite many fans calling him "So cute!!" On the other hand, there is Goriborg, a robot built by Dr. Penk. As a Super Robot, he was built with the mission of invading the Earth under Dr. Penk's command. However things aren't working as expected so far...
Leader of the hard rock band 'Guyzer & Hell Brothers', anyone who's heard his music loves his tunes hands down - or so he dreams. Currently he's looking for additional members in his band, as his apprentice Bean is his only fan at this time.
Tengking and his apprentice Tsubuten are troublesome duo who plays pranks everywhere they travel. If a pencil unexpectedly is swapped with a pen, or an eraser that had been in front of you is suddenly missing, it's likely that this duo played some role in the act.
Rokusuke is a Kabukimono - a member of a group of jobless samurai warriors, or ronin, who are known by their violent acts and exotic fashions. Being always full of energy, he often gets himself in trouble except when his dog Hachi, who he adores excessively, is with him. He flaunts his sword that he carries at all times, but it's actually so long that he can't brandish it himself.
Captain Drill is a pirate who has travelled across the seven seas. Being famous for his short temper, in a fit of frustration, he threw his drill around and sank his own ship, forcing him to live on the shore.
Members of the hip-hop trio Bad Animals are all ready for the stage, combining agile MC Lyric, the delicate touch of MC Hook, and groovy selections from DJ Track. Currently going through hip-hop magazines to decide which competition to attend next.
The popular duos are members of the world’s smallest circus troupe. Angry is gifted with tremendous skills but is a bit hard to get along with---often times blowing up at someone. In trying to entertain Angry every day, Funny has naturally developed his skills as a clown and now stands at a world-class level.
The masked wrestler brothers Super Red & El Blue have been training in the recesses of the mountains since childhood, so they have yet to make their ring debut. They humbly tell people, “We have a long way to go,” but they are the only ones who haven’t realized how fiercely strong they really are.
Bunny siblings Lop and Dwarf are anxiously waiting to meet Snow Giant, who comes from nowhere during the snow season. No one knows who he is or where he comes from, but none of that really matters to the bunnies. All you can hear is them having fun all winter. "Let's have a snow fight!
Dr. Penk is out on a mission, exploring old historic ruins never found before. To help his journey, he developed a super powerful robot, Bearborg, and equipped him with a “bear claw” on the right paw to open up any terrain standing in front of them. However, the robot easily gets distracted by honey combs, slowing down the mission to a crawl.
Octo and Deca both work at an aquarium. Being the elder of the two, Octo always comes up with pranks and forces Deca to play along with him. This time they have gone out on a mission to pat a sleeping shark on the head.
Linda has created her own following and has established herself as "Robot Punk Idol," but not without her manager Doby. With his brilliant negotiating and deal-closing skills, Doby has been able to win many contracts for Linda, despite the challenge of being a new music genre.
Hana works in a local tea cafe with the cafe mascot, a pet sparrow named Suzu. Hana has a crush on Rokusuke, a ronin (masterless samurai). Whenever he stops by for a drink, she gets overly excited and ends up brewing his tea too strong, giving him bad impression of their tea.
Samurai Warrior Kojiro carries an extra-long sword and strolls around with Butcher - a bulldog with sharp teeth that can even crack a rock. They boast to be the strongest in the village, but in reality Kojiro is actually a novice with swords, and Butcher has a timid heart being afraid to fight even toy poodles.
Courageous Teddy and intelligent Hoot pride themselves as being the best park rangers in town, protecting the wildlife from evil. However with the lack of incidents these days, they are left with too much time on their hands, making them seriously consider turning each other into bad guys.
Joe is a robot doctor who enjoys a slow life operating a robot repair shop in town with his assistant Boxy. He is the very first PIPEROID, and took the world by the storm at the time, but he has forgotten it all after hitting his head a while back.