Yesterday I discovered cubeecraft, a site with lots and lots of templates for making your own figurines out of paper. No glue or tape is required. All you do is print an image, cut along the edges and fold it together. I made a Bender from Futurama in about 20-30 minutes, and it was really fun seeing it come together!
There are a lot of characters to choose from; most are from movies or games, but there are also political ones (see the Obama figurine in the gallery below)
Oh, do yourself a favor: If you want it to survive cleaning and moving around, use thicker paper. The 80 gram paper I used worked, but was definitely on the limp side.
A few samples:
Lots more can be found on cubeecraft.com.
Another site with similar paper figurine templates is Toy-A-Day. A bit flatter, but also with a big selection.