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Kaiju vs Heroes exhibit

Kaiju Vs Heroes, my exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles California closes July 7th, 2019. See over 300+ Kaiju toys from the Mark Nagata collection, take a VR tour of Nagata’s studio, play the Eyezon video game and see the short movie about Mark Nagata’s art and toys, “In the Clutches of Kaiju “ !

In addition, at the museum learn more about the internment of Japanese Americans during WW2 and the modern day repercussions.

Also, the past Kaiju Con featured a number of events that were videoed and have been posted up:

Mark Nagata Painting Demo https://youtu.be/a_qT0JtXUdc

Collector’s Panel https://youtu.be/uFFrCjFusJo

Marusan talk https://youtu.be/2-peKIpiWAY

and a nice over view of the event from Neon + Nova – https://youtu.be/rjBuCVEYL2A

Enjoy !

Kaiju Con 2019

Japanese American National Museum

I’m still recovering from Kaiju Con 2019, but in a nutshell it far exceed my expectations ! Plus, the crazy thing is the tickets sold out at the door and they actually had to turn away people wanting to come into the show ! They could see the museum and of course the Kaiju vs Heroes show at least.

I was pulled in many directions, we had a booth, a signing with Gerald Okamura, a Paint Demo and Toy Talk also.

Kaiju Con Crowds
Max Toy table Kaiju Con 2019

While I prefer to stay home and pet the cats … it’s also good to venture out and once I’m out, I do enjoy meeting fans and friends !

Artist Fred Marinello and the Radioactive Giant Bunny !
Love Fred’s work !
Mechavirus in person ! Todd had some drop dead beautiful work !
Awesome Dudes !
Xpanded Universe Mike !
Anatomy Kaiju Eyezon goes home with a Fan !
I didn’t know but the room was full so they stopped letting people into the demo !
I really don’t know what I’m doing 😉 The museum taped the demo and there will be a link to it soon.
Drying brushing Demo !

We also had Martial Arts Legend Gerald Okamura sign his newest figure release for excited fans !

Man of Many Weapons !
😉

And finally, participated in a Rare Toys Round table, hosted by Super Duper Jumbo Machinder collector, Tom Franck, with Justin Ishmael, Quang Le and Mark Nagata ! Video is up on YouTube but I believe the museum will also post it soon ( I’ll post up links when they do) Good times !

Holy Grail Red Bullmark Ultraman

and finally I wish I had more time to talk to the many artists and vendors … but here’s a few …

Happy to add this amazing painting by artist Joel Nakamura to the Ultraman collection !
I didn’t want to pressure Max too much but this was his first time selling customs he painted at a con !

Well, I’m sure I’m missing something but was a awesome convention and people kept asking if there will be another next year … all I can say is I hope so and I’m sure the museum will make a decision about it soon 😉

Keep checking their web site: http://www.janm.org/

And Kaiju vs Heroes, after 10 months, ends July 7th, 2019 ! Last chance to see my exhibit : http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/

Kaiju Con Exclusives & Customs

Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, Max Toys and Mark Nagata will have a table and participate in a painting demo and rare toy talk round table ! And, at 1pm come meet the Legendary Martial Artist from many movies and TV appearances Man Of Many Weapons Gerald Okamura at the Max Toy table, 1pm ! Details below !

Exclusive New Colorway of The Man of Many Weapons

See the museums web site for full details and a list of dealers and other special events during Kaiju Con ! Plus, it’s a great time to visit, “Kaiju vs Heroes” exhibit before it’s 10 month long run comes to an end on July 7th, 2019.

Some of our exclusives and customs below we are bringing to Kaiju Con !!!

Lots of new Max Toy customs by Mark Nagata
Surf Drazorans by the Amazing Son/Mother team, Seth and Laura Longmire
Custom Eyezon by Max Nagata
Custom King Negora by Max Nagata
DaBomb Toys UFO painted by Mark Nagata
Custom DaBomb Toys UFO bottom, painted by Mark Nagata
Planet X Asia Devil Buddha painted by Mark Nagata
Custom Negora by Mark Nagata

There’s more but I don’t have the energy to post more ;-P See you there and any stuff that doesn’t sell I’ll post up next week 😉

Kaiju Con JANM museum

Today is the last day to get the special “early bird” ticket prices ! Full info via the Japanese American National Museum’s link:

http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/kaiju-con/

Besides a great vendor line up of toys, artists and more there will also be a full day of seminars and discussions and at night a free Godzilla movie on the plaza. Plus, don’t forget to see my exhibit, Kaiju vs Heroes – http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/ before it closes July 7th, 2019 !

Asian America Podcast

A few months back had the privilege of sitting down at my exhibit, “Kaiju vs Heroes” at the Japanese American National Museum and talk to Ken Fong of Asian America podcast.

Here’s the link to the podcast: http://asianamericapodcast.com/?podcasts=mark-nagata

If you’re not familiar with who I am or what I’ve done to this point, the podcast does a good job at covering those aspects of my life ;-P

Many thanks to Ken and his podcast. Be sure to check out the other episodes they have as well.

photo by Ken Fong

Kaiju vs Heroes Exhibit News

Awesome announcement !

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 !!

Saturday June 15th , 2019

Max Toy Updates

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

Only a few figures and prints are left exclusively via Japanese American National Museum web store : https://janmstore.com/collections/kaiju-vs-heroes Scroll down to the bottom.

I also gave a tour of my exhibit “Kaiju vs Heroes” for museum members. Always glad to inform people about Japanese toys 😉

also had some nice Press for the show … KORE media

and here in San Francisco, nice article from Nichi Bei Weekly newspaper.

In a few weeks, should be able to announce something about the exhibit but for now must remain silent ;-P

Max Toy Dcon Wrap Up 2018

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 !!

 

Max Toy Updates

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 !

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