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Sofubi-man, TriPus & Micro Eyezon

Sofubi-man makes his return ! Hand painted by Mark Nagata. Now in the web store: https://www.maxtoyco.com/Store/Hand-Painted-version-Sofubi-man-Nagata-Kaiju-micro-run/1730

Kaiju TriPus (2.0) cast in clear dark blue sofubi ! Painted by Mark Nagata. Now in the web store: https://www.maxtoyco.com/Store/Kaiju-TriPus-Nagata-paints-micro-run/1731

Micro Eyezon cast in clear green sofubi ! Now in the web store: https://www.maxtoyco.com/Store/Micro-Kaiju-Eyezon-clear-Green-sofubi-monster/1732

Sofubi-man Custom Show – NOW !

Now live via www.maxtoyco.com or go to this link to see all the amazing customs available !

https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_cat.php

Scroll ALL the way down to the Sofubi-man Customs 2019 category !

In random order here’s the pieces available with links !

Blobpus
Sold
Cristina Ravenna
sold
Michael Devera
sold
Nick & Lindsay DiFabbio
sold
Doug Hardy
sold
Mrs Yajima-san Dream Rocket
Sold
Fred Marinello
Sold
Heather Hyatt
Sold
Javier Jimenez
sold
Jay222
Sold
Kaijulegion
sold
Magitarius /Mike
Sold
Mary Ruth Butterworth
Sold
Max Nagata
sold
Maya Doka
sold
Miscreation Toys
sold
Mark Nagata
sold
Pico Pico
Sold
Quang Le
sold
Ryan Young
sold
Seth Longmire
sold
Sunguts
sold
Suzuki-san
sold
Todd Robertson
Sold
Zukaty
Sold
Mount Kobo
Sold

Max Toy Updates January 2018

Happy New Year, Max Toy Fans ! Ok, just a bunch of stuff to catch up .. after selling through our first shipment of Sofubi-man, we have another batch on order, so decided to take PRE ORDERS for them here: https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_item.php?id=1371

Should have more Flesh Sofubi-man by months end, by the way

Next week, via Clutter Gallery, I painted this Galaxy “I Heart Skull” resin skull for their next gallery show ! Skull designed by the famous Ron English. Contact Clutter for Preview list and more info !

And also this very cool ( pun intended) Winter Crusher G custom by artist James Osborne has just sold !

 

And finally, over the Holidays I got this stunning, original pencil art of my cats, Lulu and Trixie !!! Artist and Max Toy fan, Maya Doka is the artist – http://www.mayadoka.com/

I’m sorry my picture does not do the artwork justice .. it’s has some very subtle grey tones in the pencil work and captures the Cats purrfectly  😉

Sofubi-man First colorway

Happy New Year 2018 !

Sofubi-man is now ready for a wider release via our web store: https://www.maxtoyco.com/shop_item.php?id=1371

This first version is cast in Flesh (Fresh) soft vinyl (sofubi), and he stands about 6 inches tall, with articulation at the neck. Sofubi-man, is my homage to the men and women who cast soft vinyl in Japan. As many of you may (or not) know, I’ve had a life long love affair with soft vinyl kaiju since 1973. But, it wasn’t till much later that I found out more about the actual process of making and casting these types of toys. The last few years I’ve had a goal to make a Sofubi-man out of Sofubi !

Sofubi-man is magically sculpted by Cristina Ravenna, with Max Toy coordination by Yo Miyamoto and of course expertly cast in Tokyo by real Sofubi-men  😉

Sofubi-man Max Toy Preview

I showed a test shot of my newest character, Sofubi-man, at this past Dcon, which by the way was a fantastic show !

Awesome sculpt by Cristina Ravenna, who perfectly captured the spirit and character !

Sofubi-man stands about 6 inches tall.

Below is some info on him and pics… Pre Orders for the first version with be up in a few weeks ! Check Back !

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Sofubi-man is my homage to the men and women of
Japan, who have perfected the art of soft vinyl casting.
The process was originally brought to Japan in the 50s
by Mattel to produce their Barbie dolls. Soft vinyl — or
Sofubi, as it is known in Japan — are hand poured and
cast using heated liquid vinyl poured into iron molds.
These molds are heated up and cook the vinyl to the
desired thickness. At this point, the vinyl pieces are soft
enough to be pulled out of the mold and allowed to cool
down. Extra flash or trim is cut off these pieces and the figure
is assembled and painted.

Japanese toy collectors, and especially Kaiju collectors,
know this process through classic Ultraman & Godzilla soft
vinyl figures from the 60s & 70s.

Today this process of toy making in Japan remains basically
unchanged, though there are not as many factories left.
Max Toy Company is proud to use these craftsmen and
support this toy making tradition for the figures we make.

My initial sketches 😉 Actually a more complex version that maybe someday I’ll get to !