My exhibit, “Kaiju vs Heroes”, has been extended thru July 7th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum !!!
From the museums Press release: Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys, which features hundreds of contemporary and vintage Japanese vinyl toys, has been extended on view at the Japanese American National Museum through July 7, 2019. The exhibition is included in regular admission to the museum. In conjunction with the exhibition’s extension, the museum will host a day-long separately ticketed Kaiju-Con on June 15, 2019.
Super honored by the awesome reception this exhibit has received from both Kaiju fans and non Kaiju fans ! More importantly, the exhibit has allowed me the chance to reflect upon my Japanese American heritage and connect with many diverse people who were not aware of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War 2. I’m grateful that by extending the exhibit thru July 7th, 2019, many more will not only see a super fun exhibit but also learn more about the internment and it’s affects on Japanese Americans. And, yes, there will be a Kaiju Con … check out their link for more info !!
Happy to announce our new collab with artist Javier Jimenez and Merry Go Round ! We are now taking Pre Orders for “Fake” Tiger Boss and new Tiger Boss ! Here’s the details … New Tiger Boss & FAKE Tiger Boss – Javier Jimenez x Merry Go Round x Max Toy Company – Each figure stands about 9 cm tall. Estimated shipping date is May 2019. Pre Order today !
Randomly posting up for sale, customs .. most have sold.. but more to be posted in the next week. Best to follow my Instagram @maxtoyco for peeks on what I’m working on ! Plus, will have a few more fully painted Sofubi-man posted as well !
Only available via @gerladokamura ( Instagram or Facebook ). I painted x5 of these, each differently and they all have glow in dark eyes and teeth !
Original design by @nopal62 Molded by @nemoink Casting by @deadhandtoys These will go on sale at 5pm west coast time ~ Tuesday January 22. Message Gerald through Instagram or Facebook with the password phrase “wing kong rules” for details.
Also, check out @pwnaliciou5and his Kickstarter for his Eye Podd kaiju toy. I will be painting one ( I think the tier is sold now) but plenty of other super duper artists lending their talents to the cause … check it out !
And, a peek at a Japan Wonderfest only new Toho Hedorah from Max Toys and Yo-san ! Sculpted by Pico Pico ! Sorry, this is a One Day license item, so NO overseas sales. You have to attend the event or have a friend there get one for you.
I’m way behind on a few updates so will do my best to catch up here… First off Thank You so much to everyone who came out to see Gerald Okamura, buy his figure, get a autograph and picture. We had a great turn out and Gerald is a masterful storyteller ! I posted a brief clip view my Instagram: maxtoyco which is pretty funny ;-P
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2019 ! We already have a bunch of sofubi projects lined up for 2019 and a nice event in Tokyo, too 😉 Mark
Japanese American National Museum Sunday, January 6, 2019 12:30 PM—2:00 PM Conversation with Kaiju vs Heroes artist Mark Nagata about his latest special limited edition toy figure, an homage to the character portrayed by Martial Artist / Actor Gerald Okamura in the movie Big Trouble in Little Tokyo which is being released that day.
====================== My exhibit Kaiju vs Heroes is now open ! The exhibit is about my Art and Toys .. but there is a sub text to this all and it involves the Internment of my parents during World War 2, when they were only 14 years old. I think curator Maria Kwong did a masterful job of telling my families story as it’s framed by this history ( which is the main purpose of the museum ) but still making it a Fun show for all ages. There’s a very cool, interactive Kaiju Eyezon game, and a VR experience of my Toy room ! Finally at the end is a film that puts all this into a nice summery. This whole journey started out as showing off my cool toys but has awaken me to the bigger picture of ones identity and how something as simple as toys can be complex and lead you down a unexpected path ! I hope you can make it to see the show, support the museum and of course enjoy it ! Kaiju vs Heroes runs till March 24, 2019 Check out more information via the museums web site:http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/ Go to the museums web store now to buy these exclusive items for the show !https://janmstore.com/collections/kaiju-vs-heroes Toy Karma, my first book is now on sale, first via the museum. Softcover, 6×8 inches, and 60 full color pages. Details my toy life and career but also how the internment of my parents and their families during World War 2 affected my life. Many thanks to FlabSlab for their design production help and to Maria Kwong and Edward Kwan for writing support !
sThe Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan has a new exhibit called “Wild Vinyl: Designer Art Toys”. We are lucky to have a some Max Toy figures in the Sofubi ( soft vinyl ) section 😉 Show runs till June 2019 !
Been working hard on these x7 Diemouse Kaiju figures ! Each is one of a kind and painted by Mark Nagata. Signed and dated and numbered 1/1 on the feet. Currently they are being offered to Max Toy club members. Remaining pieces will post up on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2018 via our web store – https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_cat.php
at a random time. These will be sold, randomly, so you can not choose which one you may want. But, in my opinion, they all look great ;-P
And, a few, feature a baby doll type of middle eye, that closes when you lay the figure down 😉 All were painted with Monster Kolor paints !