The Legend of Zelda "Hero of Time" Now Comes in Cardboard

Link, the "Hero of Time" from The Legend of Zelda, has been reborn in a new form -- as the "Hero of Cardboard."

Reddit user CactusComics recently showed off their own talent for cardboard art by sculpting Link entirely from the unusual material. And in the vein of the many other The Legend of Zelda fan works, the project’s final result came out absolutely stunning:

What’s most impressive about this work is how the artist managed to create such intricate layers and details on the clothes and shield with this normally difficult to work with material. Not to mention pulling it all off with such a limited color palette. Hopefully they consider creating more characters in this style in the future.

Etsy shop Pigminted features some truly gorgeous wood carvings of box art and in-game screens from Nintendo franchises including The Legend of Zelda. Dave Rapoza — a Freelance Illustrator, Concept Artist, and Comic Artist — drew incredible fanart of Link and Ganon. And this father built the ultimate The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild playhouse for his kids. Illustrator @comfycorduroy drew several Breath of the Wild pieces reenacting several iconic scenes from Studio Ghibi’s Princess Mononoke. And back in August, another talented artist by the name of Jo (@BigSkyCastle on Twitter) created several Breath of the Wild illustrations in the breezier and lighter Studio Ghibli style.

Then there’s this nifty 3D printed breakable pot one fan made and showed off. If you’re a chef in the making, you can pick up a copy of the The Unofficial Legend of Zelda Cookbook. An extremely talented artist combined scenes from the upcoming Breath of the Wild 2 with the artstyle from the recent Link’s Awakening remake. Another artist created A Link Between Worlds diorama using the shell of a Gameboy. There’s an absolutely stunning Studio Ghibli-style Breath of the Wild fan animated trailer, while a dedicated fan spent two years recreating Breath of the Wild weapons.

We also have an animated pixel art mockup of a dungeon scene from Zelda II. The winner for last year’s official Link’s Awakening fanworks contest was revealed, with some great submissions from plenty of talented artists. And if you want something incredible from outside this contest, there’s this fantastic 3D printed recreation of Koholint Island from the game. The artist even provides a tutorial at the end of their video in case anyone else wanted to make one for themselves.

Some other works include Link’s house from Breath of the Wild faithfully created using Lego blocks, this lovely Sheikah runes phone charger, art of Twilight Princess meets Breath of the Wild, fanart of Link in the vibrant forest from Majora’s Mask, a recreation of the Breath of the Wild lantern, a bottle of Lon Lon milk from Ocarina of Time, and an alarm clock that plays A Link to the Past’s theme.

Check out our glowing review of the first BOTW by our Editor-in-Chief. The sequel is on its way and the cast recently revealed that all voice work has been recorded.

Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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