Fantastic Dcon ! Thank you for all the kind words and support !! I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the fans who came up to say “Hello” and who saw the “Kaiju vs Heroes” exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum !! When we were planning the museum exhibit, it was my hope that if anything my story would inspire people to pursue their dreams and that you can do it !
We sold out of almost everything we brought … have only x3 Kanegon and x3 glow Otters so will post them later today. A few customs will post as well 😉
The bigger Dcon venue allowed for more room for the crowds which was nice and of course more vendors. I wish I had more time to just wander the con and didn’t get to connect with everyone I wanted too .. but we’ll be back next year 😉 So many talented artists at the show .. I highly recommend attending next year if you can.
Here’s a few misc pictures with my booth mates Sunguts, Blobpus, DaiKaiju Salon ( Kobeni-chan), Suzuki and Doug Hardy ( Cat Magic Toys ) !
Visited the exhibit with the Japan crew 😉
Below: We had the honor of having the Legendary Martial Artist and Actor, Gerald Okamura at our booth. We sold out of the first Man of Many Weapons Sofubi and had a great signing event ! Look for a new release January 6th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum, with another signing and on stage interview with Gerald ! See the museum web site for more details !!
I’m still painting away, but here’s some of what we will have at our Dcon booth 832 this year ! We will be next to our buddies Sunguts / Blobpus and Cat Magic Toys !
See you all soon and thank you for the support !
Plus ( not shown ) very cool, mini Astronauts brand new from MadMonk1869 at our booth !
Custom painted by Mark Nagata, SUM Kaiju from PlanetX Asia x Bob Conge ! This sucker is huge, glow in dark and lights up !
above and below, special “Real Type” customs by Mark Nagata. These take much longer than the other customs but also allow for a more “real” look to them 😉
There’s more I’m bringing .. but this will give you an idea 😉
Hi Folks, it’s almost that time of the year .. Dcon ! It will be our second year, and we’ve got a ton of great exclusives, special toy debut and celebrity signing with Master Martial Artist Gerald Okamura ( Man of Many Weapons ! ) and more !
Our Max Toy Company booth is 832 and more info on Dcon here: https://www.designercon.com/
This year we are in the same row as Sunguts / Blobpus, and Cat Magic Toys ! Plus, Yo-san will be making his first appearance at a USA toy show ;-P This will prove, we are indeed two separate people !!
Here’s a few items we are bringing … but there’s more, which we will post soon ! We will do our best to save some items for Saturday as I don’t want everything selling out on Friday (Preview night).
More exclusives to post in a few days !!!
Sorry for the lack of updates here .. you can up to the minute ones via my Instagram: maxtoyco
In no particular order … more Press for “Kaiju vs Heroes” show at the Japanese American National Museum
Actual printed stuff 😉
Below, my recent October visit to the show, recorded a pod cast interview with Ken Fong and his podcast Asian America : http://asianamericapodcast.com/
My segment is not up yet but I’ll post a link here once it is !
Also, had some really nice fan interactions with many people at the show. I’m touched that people are really taking to the toys and the wonderful displays the museum came up with. But most of all that many are connecting to my story and of being Asian American.
Plus continued painting the massive Neo Eyezon … I think if I finish before the show is over, we will give it away .. but working on the details !
Here’s a special, hand painted with acrylics Real Type Sofubi-man by Mark Nagata. This one has sold and was sent to OneUp in Tokyo for their anniversary show.
and below, slowly revealing our Dcon 2018 exclusives …. clear Cute Eyezon ! Don’t worry there’s a lot more for the show to be shown .. soon ! Our booth is 832 ! More details soon !
Releasing this week, our new Ollie Otter in a fantastic mini size ! Sculpted by Makino-san to cute perfection ! We are offering it to Max Club Members first, but should have some remaining … so check the Max Toy web store this Friday, Oct 5th, 2018 !
Ollie stands about 4.25 inches tall by 4 inches wide ( to tail tip !)
And, I will be back at the Kaiju vs Heroes exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 ! We’ll be releasing a new limited run of original Kaiju TriPus on glow vinyl. Plus I’ll be signing any books/ merch while I’m there. Probably be painting that huge Eyezon as well.
Also, prepping for Dcon ! You can find us at booth 832 ! Plus next to us will be Sunguts / Blobpus and next to them Cat Magic Toys !!! Good chance to meet the guys from Japan !
More news soon !!
Nice selection of press for the Kaiju vs Heroes show at the Japanese American National Museum.
Cover story for the LA Downtown News, September 24th issue, article by Sean P. Thomas: http://www.ladowntownnews.com/
View the full issue online, or if grab a copy this week in LA 😉
And another from LAMag.com by writer, Liz Ohanesian: https://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/mark-nagata-kaiju-vs-heroes/
Below a segment on Fuji Sankei TV : Kaiju vs Heroes with Mark Nagata that aired locally on KXLA TV in LA. I have a serious Kaiju face in this screen grab ;-P
Kaiju vs Heroes runs till March 24th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Only 9 days away from the opening of my exhibit, Kaiju vs Hereos at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles !!! You can now pre order some exclusives items via their web store : https://janmstore.com/collections/kaiju-vs-heroes
Like this cool Captain Maxx mug 😉
Special print of the signature show image by the amazing photographer Brian McCarty ! Also, come on the Saturday September 15th, 2018 opening and get Brian to sign the print !!
exclsuive mini Kaiju Drazoran and Kaiju Eyezons !!!
Toy Karma, my first self published book will also be for sale ! 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 !
Super cool, anatomy Kaiju Eyezon tshirt too !
There’s more, so check out the museums web store and there’s customs and Marusan exclusives that will only be in the physical store .. so please try to visit the museum in person ! Show runs for 6 months, till March 24th, 2019 !!! Monthly events are planned, so check the museum web site : http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/
After 3+ years in the planning, my Kaiju themed museum show is almost ready to open ! Please follow the Japanese American National Museum for up to date info but the exhibit opens on September 15th , 2018 ! I will be there all day Saturday and most of Sunday. We have signings, exclusives toys, special appearances and much more planned !
Plus, now is your chance to see over 300 pieces from the Nagata Kaiju / Hero collection 😉
First up we have only a few of artist Mark Torres’ Don Smiles left ! Go here to grab one ! https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_item.php?id=1482
Also, new CrusherG here: https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_item.php?id=1483
and last but certainly not least, I have a Copic drawing ( pen and ink ) in the 15th Anniversary Giant Robot gallery show ! ( thank you Sold !)
Thanks everyone ! Sorry, super busy as the museum arrives soon to wrap and take away hundreds of toys for the Kaiju vs Heroes show in September !! More info very soon … !
Random updates and such … the big news coming up is we will have a one day, licensed sofubi Toho Hedorah at Wonderfest Japan ! Plus other goodies …
We will not, and can not sell Hedorah or the other one day only licensed items… Sorry !
For full info, follow Yo-san via his Instagram: @quackmaxx and again, these are Japan only items.
Low stock on our recently released Lunar Cats and Tiger Boss as well ! You can find them via our web store : https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_cat.php
Very busy of late with final prep for the Kaiju vs Heroes show at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles (!) The curator of the show, Maria Kwong stopped by for three days of picking vintage toys for the show .. this on the heels of some additional filming by Akira for something very cool for the show ( I can’t say just yet ! ) Show opens on September 15th, 2018 ! It will run for 6 months until March 2019 .. so you have plenty of time to go see it ! More news about various events etc very soon !