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 !!
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 … !
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 – https://wartoysproject.com/
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.
Thank you Everyone for your kind words and support of Max Toy Company ! As we enter our Lucky 13th year, 2018 is already booked ;-P Look for new toy projects, conventions and in September 2018 at the Japanese American National Museum, Kaiju vs Heroes – Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys (!) I’m co-curating the show with Maria Kwong ( http://www.latdamuseum.org/ ) More info coming in the new year so stay tuned and see you there !
Well decide to dump all the images here 😉 Max Toy Dcon stuffs, see us at Table TE17 !!!
Hi Max Toy Fans !
Phew … ! I painted a mix of micro runs of our most popular figures, a few factory paints and of course one of a kind painted figures for Dcon
I’m packed and ready to drive down to Dcon ! Excited to be setting up there at Table TE17 😉 Come say Hello to Max and Myself !
As many of you may know, I have not set up at the USA show in over 9 years !
Anyways, I’m bring all the above plus a ton of smaller one offs and some Max Toy stock. A good time to see the stuff up close and of course buy ;-P
Also have stuff from Jay222, Javier Jimenez and Doug Hardy. Doug will also be the booth both days, and selling his brand new resin, Witch Cat Lulu ! Very cute hand cast and painted figure so check her out !
By the way, everything is first come, first served .. but on the Tiger Boss / Office cats it’s one of each type per person, per order.
I will have a test shot of our newest figure, Sofubi-man on display as well !! My tribute to the men & women who cast these figures in Japan. This figure will release very soon, so stay tuned for more details.
Also, excited to be finally revealing publicly at Dcon, my Japanese toy collection / art show at the Japanese American National Museum in Sept 2018 !!
Titled; Kaiju vs Heroes – Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys
I’ve worked on this for over 2 years now and we are coming down to the final months before the opening. Much more info as we get closer and some cool stuff planned so stay tuned !
Thanks so much for the support !
Your Kaiju Pal,