Category Archives: Toy shows

Glow Kitsura, MOAH Eyezon & Kaiju Gals Show

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Offered to Max Toy Club members, if any are left I will post them to the web store tomorrow. Glow in Dark Kitsura painted by Mark Nagata. Kitusra is a Fox character by artist Candie Bolton. Sorry if you don’t get one !

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Thanks to Deb for this nice shot of Kaiju Eyezon at the MOAH museum in Lancaster, California.

Show runs thru September 2015, visit their site for more info: http://www.lancastermoah.org

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And coming up August 7th – 12th, 2015 in Japan is the Kaiju Gals, Happy Birthday Parade custom show. More info via their web site: http://kaijugals.wix.com/hpd-parade

Kaiju Eyezon & Trainwreck movie !!

This is weird and funny … so Kaiju Eyezon is waaayyy in the background in this new movie called Trainwreck !

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Thanks to good buddy, the super talented Jimbo Matison – http://jimbomatison.com – who helped dress the set in this scene as well as did the interior design for the bar it takes place in. Jimbo and I go way back, in fact part of my Japanese toy collection was in his Chronicle book, So Crazy Japanese Toys ! ( http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/so-crazy-japanese-toys.html ) and he’s the guy who inspired me to come up with a Japanese toy magazine … not to mention making me “think” outside the box on my projects. A true renaissance man !

MOAH museum show 2015

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I have a several versions of Kaiju Eyezon toys and art work in this upcoming museum show at MOAH – Museum of Art & History, in Lancaster, California. There’s a bunch of artists in it and you can get more details on a Vip opening this Friday via their web site: http://www.lancastermoah.org

Also have a small run of hand painted mini Alien Argus in the museum store. Not sure if they will be posted online or not, but maybe send them an email if you have interest.

Yes, Art Toys or in this case, Kaiju toys in a museum  😉

SDCC 2015

So this was the year I wasn’t going to SDCC aka Comic Con … the Max Boy really wanted to go so who am I to stand in the way of the next generation of collectors ? Not having luck in the ticket pool, toy friends got us in ! It was as usual an onslaught of everything ! I’ve been going since the late 80s, so I’ve seen the convention transform into what it is today. In my opinion, not really my cup of tea, I miss the old school dealers and actual comic sellers, but time marches on.

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Once again the fine folks at Squibbles Ink / Rotofugi hosted several of my customs (which sold out). Do yourself a favor and check out Rotofugi store online: http://www.rotofugi.com/home

 

 

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Personally I don’t really find much at these conventions anymore … I take that back, I find LOTS of things I’d want … like a $70,000 Jack Kirby piece of art (!) Ha ! … not in this lifetime ;-P

Max and I do take our annual YuGiOh card picture, which is free … and honestly the best thing i could get from the convention 🙂

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So the first Galaxy Pup I did, was stolen, so i quickly painted up another and brought it down for artist Martin Hsu’s booth … luckily it sold within minutes 😉

Also a big Thank You to Mike Minjares for all his help and our annual lunch with Honda and Andrew.

So basically I told Max I’d buy him whatever he wanted, but I’m not going to wait in any lines or go to one place to get a coupon, only to return to another place to MAYBE get a toy. He agreed nothing is worth that much trouble… plus he noted everything ends up on Ebay .. haha … I’m glad he’s not buying into the hype.

Max found plenty to buy regardless, so we didn’t return empty handed for sure. At the end of the day, I turned to him and asked if he’d like to come back next year … there was a slight pause … and he faintly said .. yes ! I guess i don’t have a choice … 2016 .. ugh !

Max Toy Updates FOE Hello Kitty Eyezon

Next week on Saturday, June 6th, 2015, I have this original painting (left side) in Bwana Spoon’s FOE gallery show. Check FOE for more details, lots of good stuff to be had !

http://foe-gallery.myshopify.com

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Just completed this insane Winged Kaiju Eyezon for a fan as well 😉

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And last but not least, the final Hello Kitty Kaiju figure is now on sale at the Japanese American National Museum (http://www.janm.org ) store. There was a limited release online but they are now sold out. However, you can buy one in person still but one per person. No phone orders or email saves, sorry to say. Its while supplies last and this being the last weekend of the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary show, I don’t expect them to last too long. I wanted to take a moment to not only thank the Fans for buying this figure but to Sanrio, Jamie at JapanLA and to Maria Kwong at JANM for their help in making this possible. Many thanks to Makino-san for the perfect sculpt, to Shimizu-san in Tokyo for casting all the vinyl pieces, to the Maruyama Brothers for hand painting each one in Japan and to Yo-san the Man in Japan for coordinating all the production. In order to make one toy there are many people who do their part, so you can have something to collect. So the next time you look at one of our toys or even a toy from Target, just remember that there are humans and hard work behind them 😉

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Hello Kitty Closing Party Japanese American National Museum

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On May 22nd the Japanese American National Museum (JANM )held it’s closing party for their Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary exhibition. There was an artists signing that i attended which was 2 hours plus of autographing and sketching for a steady stream of amazing Hello Kitty fans. I don’t get out to these types of events much anymore, so it was nice to have the talented Martin Hsu next to me … as entertainment  😉

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I actually missed the opening of this show and Hello Kitty Con a few months back due to illness, so I was determined to make this event. My goal was to take a picture with Hello Kitty… goal accomplished !

HelloKittyKaiju_webThe show will end on May 31, so you have only one last weekend to see it in Los Angeles at the museum. The piece above is my contribution to the show called “Hello Kitty Kaiju “.

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I actually spent a part if my early childhood growing up in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles in the early 70s. I have childhood memories of various LA buildings and such … like city hall.

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Artists group picture above. I wish I had more time to introduce myself to my fellow artists, but these types of events are hard to do so. I’m so lucky to be asked to such shows, sometimes I’m not sure why I am with so many talented artists.

Photo by Richard Watanabe

HelloKittyKaiju_clear72All during this event we’ve been releasing with Sanrio and JapanLA our original sofubi toy, Hello Kitty Kaiju via the JANM store. The clear version above is our last release … and it barely made it to the signing from Tokyo. According to Jack at Vinyl Pulse, the postal guy wasn’t planning on delivering it since it was late at night, but stopped by anyways and was able to drop it off. We had 50 pieces sent early for the signing … and yes they sold out. Don’t worry the next and last batch have shipped. Keep checking the JANM twitter (@jamuseum) feed for more info on how and when they will be sold.

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Many thanks to the JANM, their staff and volunteers for making this event run so smooth. Looking forward to the future of this Hello Kitty show !

Their web site:  http://www.janm.org

Upcoming Kaiju Shows Mark Nagata Max Toy

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I made this custom Kaiju Eyezon with a EC comics inspired Witch on the for this charity event for a little boy named, Mattia in Italy. I understand the piece has sold (?!) but in any case there’s a lot of nice art and all proceeds go towards this charity.

 

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Got back into my 2D painting mode for a bit for this upcoming Qpop show. They did not want me to show the whole piece ( well you can see it on my instagram ) 16×20 inches, acrylics on watercolor board. Princess Jun from Gatchaman. Pin Up style  😉

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This Friday, May 22nd, 2015, I’ll be attending the special closing Party for the Japanese American National Museum Hello Kitty 40th show. A bunch of artists in the show will be there, too, signing books. I look forward to meeting you all !

Full details on this event via JANM site: http://www.janm.org/events/2015/05/#22
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Waiting on a bunch of vinyls to arrive, including these Kaiju Gals figures Mushroom Kaiju Kinora & little monster Nemuke that had their debut at Design Festa. I’ll have them in stock soon ! Nyagira tshirts should be printing real soon, I’ll post updates very soon, but thank you for the wonderful response to them !

 

Design Festa 41 Tokyo Japan

Well better late than never 😉 Here’s some the offerings for

Design Festa 41 ( http://designfesta.com) going on this weekend in Tokyo, Japan

Booth C275 ~ 278 – Max Toy

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We’re debuting the new Kaiju Kinora Mushroom monster ( shown above with black paint )! Designed by artist Kaori Hinata – https://www.facebook.com/kaorihinata (twitter @hinatique)

and Kaiju Nemuke ( orange horns monster ) designed by artist Hikari Bambi (http://ameblo.jp/h-banbi ).

Both of these will be for sale in the US soon, so you will have a chance to buy one of them. The other items are exclusive to Japan and this event.It’s a really cool show with a ton of super talented artists and designers, I like it better than a toy show  😉

Stop by and say Hello to Yo-san at the Max Toy booth !

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