Author Archives: Mark Nagata

Javier Jimenez x Nagata custom collabs

Good buddy and all around talented artist, Javier Jimenez was kind enough to supply his new cute Kappa figure and some Maneki Wananekos for me to custom paint. They are now up in the Max Toy web store and links below each below ! Enjoy !


Max Toy Updates !

Sorry for the lack of updates .. but have been totally swamped (!) Anyways, here’s a few events etc  😉

Opening this Saturday March 3rd, 2018 , The Painter’s Show , curated by @Phuntsy, held at Lulubell store/gallery. More info via Facebook here:

Here’s my one and only piece for the show, Kaiju EyePus ! Yes, I mashed up two of my creations and created this 😉 Contact the gallery for purchasing info.

and I’m on VERO app, now ;-P Its very unstable at the moment …and so far, hard for me to post, but no ads and I guess folks hate Instagram now .. anyways, I’ll post in both places, plus Facebook and Twitter .. we’ll see how long a 53 year old can keep up  😉

and finally a peek at some Sillymanders I’m painting for the upcoming STS Shanghai Toy Show. I’m sharing a booth with artist Jay222 … should be an adventure  😉

Kaiju vs Heroes Japanese American National Museum show 2018

This AWESOME image by the extraordinary Photographer Brian McCarty will be the signature image for the upcoming “Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys ” exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. 

Here’s what Brian said about the image he took :

Shot for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the photo celebrates the upcoming exhibition “Kaiju vs Heroes,” featuring Mark Nagata’s unrivalled collection of vintage Japanese toys. Born out of the cultural ashes of World War II, these distinctive soft vinyl figures became both a means for Japanese Americans to reconnect with their culture and an apt metaphor for postwar relations between the United States and Japan.

The exhibit opens on September 15th, 2018 and will run for about 6 months into 2019. We have various events etc planned so stay tuned for more info on the exhibit in the coming months.


By the way, if you don’t already know, please check out the important work Brian is doing for his War Toys project –

You know I just make these silly toy collectibles …but, out in the real world people like Brian are actually making a difference for these kids caught in very tragic conditions.


Alien Oreion Nagata x Magitarius customs

Now up in the Max Toy web store we have these very cool Alien Oreion figures from Magitarus and painted by Mark Nagata. These are huge figures standing 12 inches tall by about 9 inches to the longest tentacle ! Upper part is soft vinyl, while the lower part is cast resin. All painted with Monster Kolor paints ! Details and links below !

This one ( above and below ) is sold…. Alien Eyeball version !

Galaxy Oreion ! –

Dark Metallic Oreion –

Rainbow Oreion –

Kaiju vs Mako – Guillermo Del Toro tribute show Gallery Nucleus Mark Nagata

Here’s my pencil (graphite and colored pencils) art “Kaiju vs Mako”, for this weekends curated exhibition by CHOGRIN, celebrating legendary director Guillermo Del Toro, called “In the Name of the Monster, the Robot, and the Bleeding Ghost” at Gallery Nucleus.

I chose to show Mako from Pacific Rim as more of a action superhero 😉 I guess I really wanted her to be like this in the film (haha) … Get on the galleries preview list .. some amazing art will be in the show.

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