On May 22nd the Japanese American National Museum (JANM )held it’s closing party for their Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary exhibition. There was an artists signing that i attended which was 2 hours plus of autographing and sketching for a steady stream of amazing Hello Kitty fans. I don’t get out to these types of events much anymore, so it was nice to have the talented Martin Hsu next to me … as entertainment 😉
I actually missed the opening of this show and Hello Kitty Con a few months back due to illness, so I was determined to make this event. My goal was to take a picture with Hello Kitty… goal accomplished !
The show will end on May 31, so you have only one last weekend to see it in Los Angeles at the museum. The piece above is my contribution to the show called “Hello Kitty Kaiju “.
I actually spent a part if my early childhood growing up in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles in the early 70s. I have childhood memories of various LA buildings and such … like city hall.
Artists group picture above. I wish I had more time to introduce myself to my fellow artists, but these types of events are hard to do so. I’m so lucky to be asked to such shows, sometimes I’m not sure why I am with so many talented artists.
Photo by Richard Watanabe
All during this event we’ve been releasing with Sanrio and JapanLA our original sofubi toy, Hello Kitty Kaiju via the JANM store. The clear version above is our last release … and it barely made it to the signing from Tokyo. According to Jack at Vinyl Pulse, the postal guy wasn’t planning on delivering it since it was late at night, but stopped by anyways and was able to drop it off. We had 50 pieces sent early for the signing … and yes they sold out. Don’t worry the next and last batch have shipped. Keep checking the JANM twitter (@jamuseum) feed for more info on how and when they will be sold.
Lulu approves 😉
Many thanks to the JANM, their staff and volunteers for making this event run so smooth. Looking forward to the future of this Hello Kitty show !
Their web site: http://www.janm.org
I made this custom Kaiju Eyezon with a EC comics inspired Witch on the for this charity event for a little boy named, Mattia in Italy. I understand the piece has sold (?!) but in any case there’s a lot of nice art and all proceeds go towards this charity.
Got back into my 2D painting mode for a bit for this upcoming Qpop show. They did not want me to show the whole piece ( well you can see it on my instagram ) 16×20 inches, acrylics on watercolor board. Princess Jun from Gatchaman. Pin Up style 😉
This Friday, May 22nd, 2015, I’ll be attending the special closing Party for the Japanese American National Museum Hello Kitty 40th show. A bunch of artists in the show will be there, too, signing books. I look forward to meeting you all !
Waiting on a bunch of vinyls to arrive, including these Kaiju Gals figures Mushroom Kaiju Kinora & little monster Nemuke that had their debut at Design Festa. I’ll have them in stock soon ! Nyagira tshirts should be printing real soon, I’ll post updates very soon, but thank you for the wonderful response to them !
Well better late than never 😉 Here’s some the offerings for
Design Festa 41 ( http://designfesta.com) going on this weekend in Tokyo, Japan
Booth C275 ～ 278 – Max Toy
We’re debuting the new Kaiju Kinora Mushroom monster ( shown above with black paint )! Designed by artist Kaori Hinata – https://www.facebook.com/kaorihinata (twitter @hinatique)
and Kaiju Nemuke ( orange horns monster ) designed by artist Hikari Bambi (http://ameblo.jp/h-banbi ).
Both of these will be for sale in the US soon, so you will have a chance to buy one of them. The other items are exclusive to Japan and this event.It’s a really cool show with a ton of super talented artists and designers, I like it better than a toy show 😉
Stop by and say Hello to Yo-san at the Max Toy booth !
We’ve got a new t-shirt Pre Order ! One of my favorite artists, Javier Jimenez has designed this super cute Nyagira Cat Kaiju shirt for us ! Its being printed now by Monster Kolor / Dead Presidents Design, and Made in the USA.
Please order via our web store here :
It’s a Pre Order, so we estimate this will take about 3-6 weeks to get them, but you’ll save a few bucks by pre ordering now 😉
Now a word about the Max Toy Club, and how the heck do you join ! Yes, I’m sorry, I’ve been slooooowly working on this but we are so very close to re-opening the club in another month or so. When we do you’ll get a brand new Club Kit, re-designed by Javier Jimenez ( yes ! ) plus new goodies … and a special Max Boy figure only available from the Club. Full details very soon and thank you for waiting !
And, coming up Friday May 22nd, 2015, I’ll be attending the special closing Party for the Japanese American National Museum Hello Kitty 40th show. A bunch of artists in the show will be there, too, signing books. I look forward to meeting you all and I’m not suppose to say, but there should be one last Hello Kitty Kaiju released 😉
Shhhhh, don’t tell any one !
Check out the Max Toy web store for more random customs posted and new product in the coming weeks !
Thanks for the support, it sounds hooky but without any orders, well I couldn’t keep making these toys, so thank you !
We’ve got three cool releases !!!
First up, these all glitter Kaiju Negora 😉 No paint on them so you can enjoy the clear vinyl with glitter infused in them ! We’ll post any left overs in the Max Toy web store on Tuesday May 5th, 2015. Warning they may sell out to Club members ;-(
Second, we have a new colorway of Mecha Nekoron ! This on white vinyl, with black details, silver spray and red eyes ! Nothing like a Mecha Cat in my book 😉 Posting up tomorrow as well to the web store.
Finally, check out Vinyl Kaiju Legion web site
, as we once again offer a micro run of x4 Kaiju Eyezons painted with monster Kolor paints exclusively through them ! Each is hand numbered and signed on the feet. So go over there and buy one or more !!!
Working on a bunch of projects & more releases … many of them you can see via my Instagram: @maxtoyco or hit the button at the top of the page !
And don’t forget we have a few custom Nyagira’s still so check them out in our web store. Search “Nyagira”. Show will end soon 😉
The items above will be available at this weekends Mandarake event http://www.mandarake.co.jp/information/event/siryosei_expo/index.html in Japan. Sorry we will not carry these items here in the USA.
OneUp toy will release these exclusives on May 3rd. Not sure if they will be available via their web site but you should check: http://blog.one-up.shop-pro.jp
Exclusive to retailer Hinomaruya in Japan is this Max Toy / Monster Boogie glow Cat set !
Yes, you can order it if you live in the USA 😉 Follow this link ! http://hinomaruya.cart.fc2.com/ca2/31/p-r-s/
Deadline is April 30th ( Japan time so that’s like April 29th USA )
New orange Kaiju Negora goes on sale tomorrow in our web store ! Very limited quantities and hand painted by Mark Nagata. Max Club members get first chance on them … and this weekend is ToyCon UK ( http://toyconuk.com ) in London. Have a micro run of these two Negoras available at the HangGang booth. Also have some customs at the Kaiju Monster table (http://www.kaijumonster.com). And saw this auction via Mandarke for a Captain Maxx original illustration. We had commissioned this a few years back for a Max Toy event and print and looks like the original is up for bidding in June. 😉
Above is the final sculpt for the upcoming Ultimate Saikobi !! Now onto the wax and iron molds stage 😉 Sculpted by Pico Pico ! We post limited pre orders in May, so check back !
And now in the Max Toy web store, the latest Kitsura Fox ! Hand painted by Mark Nagata, using Vcolor paints and limited. Kitsura character created by artist Candie Bolton, figure sculpted by Pico Pico, and hand cast in Japan, by Master Shimizu-san. http://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_item.php?id=1016
Quick look at various upcoming Max Toy / Monster Boogie releases ! Keep checking back for when we will release these in the US via this site 😉
Kaiju Kinora Mushroom monster ! Designed by artist Kaori Hinata – https://www.facebook.com/kaorihinata
Based on this illustration from the Kaiju Gals contest we held below.
Kaiju Nemuke designed by artist Hikari Bambi ( http://www.capricecat.com/ )
and her art that we based this toy on.
Both figures were sculpted by Makino-san of TTToys, doing his usual masterful work !
And last but not least here’s a peek at the Ultimate Saikobi !!! Full reveal very soon !! Hint, check out my Instagram : @maxtoyco !
sculpt by Pico Pico .. wait till you see it all !!!