So, after nearly 46 years after first receiving Bullmark Ultraman figures and Kaiju as Christmas gifts from Japan… the circle is almost complete ! It’s not a secret if you follow me on Instagram ( maxtoyco ), but finally we are about to debut the VERY first sofubi Ultraman figure for sale in the USA ! Fully licensed by Tsuburaya Productions Japan ! Now, you might be saying, “Hey, I been buying Bandai Ultraman figures for many years now !” But, technically those were not officially imported for sale in the USA. After a decades long legal battle ( you can google more about that ) Tsuburaya Productions, the only owner of the Ultraman license can now license the character worldwide. AS a life long Ultraman toy collector, we’ve been trying for many years to be able to make a official Ultraman figure for sale outside of Japan.. so this is a huge deal to me… like I said, circle complete !
First USA debut will be at the upcoming Designer Con ( Dcon ) , Max Toy Booth 630 ! First come, first served ! But, we may limit sales to one person. More photos as we get closer to the event !
Now on sale, our newest character, HOOTS the Owl ! Designed by Mark Nagata, sculpted by Makino-san of TTToys. This was formally in our GachaMaxx series, but now being released fully painted ! Available via our web store !
A peek at something painted up for the Unruly / Sideshow Collectibles booth for Dcon. Besides this cool custom, I’ve been cranking away on many other figures for upcoming shows … but some I can not show, just yet ! Will do my best to post them here.. but again Instagram is the best way to see what I’m up to !
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 !!
Our new Kaiju Soko ( Kaiju Warehouse ) sofubi series now available in the USA ! The warehouse refers to the old place that Tsuburaya Pro use to house all their Kaiju and Hero suits. Figures sculpted by Pico Pico, with Production Coordination by Yo-san !
Our first USA release is Kaiju Taisho from Ultraman Leo.
Making their debut at the upcoming Superfest show in Tokyo, Japan is our new Kaiju Soko ( Kaiju Warehouse ) sofubi series. The warehouse refers to the old place that Tsuburaya Pro use to house all their Kaiju and Hero suits. Figures sculpted by Pico Pico, with Production by Yo-san !
Let side is Sadlar from Ultraman Jack ( Japan sales only ), while the right side is Taisho from Ultraman Leo ( sales in the USA soon ). Both figures will debut at Superfest.
We will be selling Kaiju Taisho in the USA, very soon … so stay tuned !
Had the honor to paint the header car art as well for this series. I’ll post a more indepth step by step images for this painting in the next few days. I had a bit of a time crunch and each step had to be approved along the way … but was happy with the finished result 😉
Painted by Mark Nagata. Copyright Tsuburaya Productions Japan