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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 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 !

Max Toy Updates

Oops, I’m way behind on updates and sorry to say most of the items below have sold out ;-( Best way to keep up to date on Max Toy stuff is via my instagram : maxtoyco

I’ll just dump all the images below in no particular order ….

Licensed Kanegon Tsuburaya Pro Japan (sold out)
Clear Green Tanks ( sold out )
Don Smiles Mark Torres designed head (Only a few remain !)
Ollie Otter ! Only a few remain !
Micro run Sofubi-man for OneUp store Tokyo

Micro run Sofubi-man for OneUp store Tokyo
Special Rainbow Man of Many Weapons by Mark Nagata ( see Max Toy web store !) Includes Rainbow rubber star !
Custom Death Goliathon Ape. Produced by Planet X Asia, custom painted by Mark Nagata. One of a kind Kaiju Ape now in the Max Toy web store !

Michael Devera painted Boy Karma micro run. Now sold out !
Visited “Kaiju vs Heroes” this past weekend. Amazing wall of coloring sheets by visitors ! There’s some real gems up there 😉 Show runs thru July 7th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum.

Chrome Eyezon One Off

Head on over to DoomCo Designs ! They have a special one off Chromed Kaiju Eyezon for sale ! https://www.doomcodesigns.com/physical/eyezon-city-of-chrome

Also, head over to the Japanese American National Museum web store, for these exclusive Kaiju vs Heroes items ! https://janmstore.com/collections/kaiju-vs-heroes Only available from the museum.. or if you are in the LA area, visit their store to purchase.

Nice plug for the Kaiju show recently 😉

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

Kaiju vs Heroes exclusives Japanese American National Museum

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/

 

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