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 😉
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 !
The 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 “.
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.
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
All 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.
Lulu approves 😉
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
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.
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 😉
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 !
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 !
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
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 !
We’ve got a new t-shirt Pre Order ! One of my favorite artists, Javier Jimenez has designed this super cute Nyagira Cat Kaiju shirt for us ! Its being printed now by Monster Kolor / Dead Presidents Design, and Made in the USA.
Please order via our web store here :
It’s a Pre Order, so we estimate this will take about 3-6 weeks to get them, but you’ll save a few bucks by pre ordering now 😉
Now a word about the Max Toy Club, and how the heck do you join ! Yes, I’m sorry, I’ve been slooooowly working on this but we are so very close to re-opening the club in another month or so. When we do you’ll get a brand new Club Kit, re-designed by Javier Jimenez ( yes ! ) plus new goodies … and a special Max Boy figure only available from the Club. Full details very soon and thank you for waiting !
And, coming up 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 and I’m not suppose to say, but there should be one last Hello Kitty Kaiju released 😉
Shhhhh, don’t tell any one !
Check out the Max Toy web store for more random customs posted and new product in the coming weeks !
Thanks for the support, it sounds hooky but without any orders, well I couldn’t keep making these toys, so thank you !
The items above will be available at this weekends Mandarake event http://www.mandarake.co.jp/information/event/siryosei_expo/index.html in Japan. Sorry we will not carry these items here in the USA.
OneUp toy will release these exclusives on May 3rd. Not sure if they will be available via their web site but you should check: http://blog.one-up.shop-pro.jp
New orange Kaiju Negora goes on sale tomorrow in our web store ! Very limited quantities and hand painted by Mark Nagata. Max Club members get first chance on them … and this weekend is ToyCon UK ( http://toyconuk.com ) in London. Have a micro run of these two Negoras available at the HangGang booth. Also have some customs at the Kaiju Monster table (http://www.kaijumonster.com). And saw this auction via Mandarke for a Captain Maxx original illustration. We had commissioned this a few years back for a Max Toy event and print and looks like the original is up for bidding in June. 😉
Lots of news … first up this Friday, April 10th via the Max Toy web store we have our online only Kaiju Cat Nyagira custom show ! 14 artists use a unpainted Nyagira figure and the results are nothing short of Awesome !
Preview pics and prices via Toy Karma blog post here:
Also opening on Friday April 10th is a group Kaiju show over at FOE Gallery. I have these custom figures in it 😉 http://foe-gallery.myshopify.com
I have this custom Moon Fox in this show in Moscow – http://sergeysafonov.com/reimoon
Goes on sale April 11th, Moscow time via their web store: http://shop.sergeysafonov.com
Hurry to the JANM store for the latest Sanrio X Max Toy Hello Kitty Kaiju release, too ! Sorry but it’s only available in their store ( no web or phone orders ) and one per customer. http://www.janm.org
Last but not least, our new Ringo Racoon is up for sale in our web store : http://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_item.php?id=987
So cute, designed and sculpted by Pico Pico !!
Finally was able to to see the awesome Hello Kitty 40th anniversary exhibit at JANM Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles this past weekend. Really well displayed show with history and vintage Kitty stuff in galleries below and upstairs artists versions of Hello Kitty. My custom Kaiju ( Drazoran ) Hello Kitty and I were reunited ;-P
And yes, there’s another Hello Kitty Kaiju figure release via the museum very soon for those who are keeping track of that ;-P
The show runs till May 31st, 2015, so don’t miss it ! Check out their online shop as well for a must have book on the exhibit. More info: http://www.janm.org
Besides attending Monster Palooza ( my current favorite con ), had to stop by for our annual Disneyland adventure 😉 Hard to believe I’ve been coming here for 51 years now (!!)
Next week, April 10th is the online only Kaiju Nyagira event right here on this site. I’ll be posting preview pics in the coming days. Basically I’ll post them up on April 10th for a first come, first served basis. Check out instagram under #Nyagira for artists previews as well !
Excited to be offering you a micro run of Alien Argus figures exclusively thru Vinyl Kaiju Legion web site. It’s been a few years since offering a full sized Argus so nows your chance to grab one of only 3 in this edition 😉 They go up for sale on Monday. By the way, while you’re there check out the cool toys they have for sale and if you’re looking for something be sure and email them… cool folks !
I’ve been slowly adding a few new customs to the web store including this clear with guts mini Kaiju Eyezon, plus more coming up.
Also the Max Boy figure is at the iron molds factory so hope to have test shots in about 10 days, than off for paint masks. I think a late April / May due date (!) While ALL of my figures I love, this one is really a very personal one and I’ve thought about it for many, many years 😉 Thanks to the oh so talented Javier Jimenez for the super cool header card posted here as well.BY the way, congrats to Javier on raising nearly double the funds he needed for his upcoming Wananeko soft vinyl figure. I’d keep my eye on this kid 😉
And, don’t forget, our Nyagira Cat online show ! Full line up and show card posted. All the pieces will be posted on April 10th, via maxtoyco.com. More details as we get closer, and if you search under #Nyagira you’ll see some really cool in progress customs !
Coming up more customs for ToyConUK HangGang & KaijuMonsteR booths and a FOE gallery custom show all in April. Ringo Racoon should be up for sale in the USA too, we sold a few this past Saturday in Osaka… but don’t worry the same figure will be here too.
Pre Ordered Painted King Negoras should also be done end of March, for early April shipping, thank you for waiting.
Tiny delay in the next Hello Kitty Kaiju release at JANM but it’s in production and looking like a April release. The show has been extended thru May with new additions so be sure and check it out.
OK there’s more coming but I have to get back to painting >_<
Thank you again for the continued support and hello to all the new fans as well !!!
Doki Doki – Osaka Sofubi Expo
Date: 22 March 15Venue: Independent Theater 2ndAddress: 4-7-22 Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi
Time: 11 am – 4 pm.
Here’s some of our exclusive #MaxToy / Monster Boogie figures. Stop by and say “Hi” to Yo-san at the Max Toy booth