HELLBOY 20th Anniversary show at Hero Complex Gallery curated by Chogrin

Excited and honored to amongst a wealth of super talented artists in this upcoming tribute show to Hellboy. Its an official show backed by both Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola  and Dark Horse Comics being held at Hero Complex Gallery, and curated by Chogrin.

Hellboy72Here’s my portrait of Hellboy, done in acrylics with gold leaf on illustration board.

FinalHellBoy72And below some pics of how i painted it below. I thought about doing this as a straight portrait of Hellboy, maybe something he could hang in his living room  ;-P The likeness is a blend of comic and movie versions as well.

2014-03-02 14.42.29Using hot press Crescent illustration board, just HB pencil to rough in the face.

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2014-03-04 13.30.48 2014-03-09 16.57.39 2014-03-10 12.35.04I knew i wanted to have a Klimt like design that also transitioned to some tentacles … roughing in those shapes …

2014-03-10 13.09.21 2014-03-13 10.56.25pretty much done with the pencils at this point. Sprayed some fixative to seal the pencils, time for paint …

 

2014-03-13 11.15.59 2014-03-13 11.17.47Working with watered down acrylics, sponge and brush to wash a light orange/red color over the whole art work.

2014-03-13 11.22.49Adding some darker reds, purples as well …

2014-03-13 11.29.05Pulling out some highlights with sponge …

2014-03-13 11.54.56Here’s how it looks so far … i call this the awkward stage .. the under drawing is barely visible .. but i can see enough ;-P Used sponge to add some texture to Hellboys face, too.

2014-03-13 11.55.05 2014-03-13 12.17.02Slowly pulling out highlights with water and brush … slowly darkening up areas as well …

2014-03-13 18.00.53It’s subtle but doing the same ..starting to tighten up areas too …

2014-03-14 10.29.21I’ve got the face to a halfway point, but want to put the background in, so i can adjust the face values better .. so I’m masking of the head and shoulders…

2014-03-14 10.40.29 2014-03-14 12.05.28Spraying the background ….

2014-03-14 12.48.35Ive also worked a bit on the tentacles …

2014-03-14 14.39.45Time for the side bars … I wanted to use gold leaf, so used liquid mask and sprayed the dark purple down… and applied the gold leaf over the design …

2014-03-14 14.43.16 Below, masking off the face to start spraying and working on it …

2014-03-14 17.10.522014-03-17 10.33.19 2014-03-17 10.33.19It’s hard to tell but I’m slowly working away on the face, shoulders … ;-)

2014-03-17 11.08.29 2014-03-17 12.30.58Adding blue reflective light, green reflective lights … etc …. and below the final piece. Its also has a light varnish over it. I find that by doing this the over all colors and contrast brighten up.

FinalHellBoy72And below, framed ;-) Painting is on it’s way to the gallery and will be for sale via Hero Complex Gallery web site once the show opens.

As much as I make my living now making Kaiju toys and custom painting them, my true love is illustration and I look forward to participating in more shows coming up .. and exercising that part of my brain ;-)

HellFramedLinks to the event:

https://www.facebook.com/chogrin

http://www.herocomplexgallery.com

http://hellboy20thartshow.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/301589879989156/?ref=52&source=1

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Japanese Toys ! Talk and Tour at SFO

Thanks to the Japan Society of Northern California and SFO Museum, you can buy tickets to see the Japanese Toys ! exhibit plus attend a talk about Japanese Toys ! The event is April 22nd, 2014.

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Full details and how to purchase tickets are on the Japan Society web site HERE and HERE too !

I’m also looking forward to meeting the Bandai toy designer, Tsuyoshi Nonaka as well !

The exhibit will end this month having been extended. There’s also a nice plug via CNN too !

See you there !

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Interview with artist Candie Bolton

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of helping upcoming artists and toy makers along the way. As I get older, I think I get more pleasure from helping artists or at least pointing them in the right direction ;-) A few months back I started noticing the work of Candie Bolton via Instagram. I had commissioned a painting from Candie of my two black cats, Lulu and Trixie, aka Double Trouble and this stunning painting was the result.

DoubleTroubleHonestly, I was amazed to learn that this was her only 3rd attempt at a full color painting. A few fellow artists who have seen this original at my house do not believe that this was her third attempt ;-P Ha ha.. well, regardless I knew Candie had the talent and passion to further her skills. I think you’ll agree that she has what it takes to make it in this business. I look forward to seeing more beautiful work from her and I really can not imagine where she’ll be at in another 5-10 years as she’s only in her twenties !

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Here’s a short interview I had with artist Candie Bolton, March 2014.

Question: Can you tell us a bit of your background? How long have you been drawing? Did you go to art school?

Candie: If I had to guess I’d say I started drawing when I was 3 years old. My parents knew I had a talent for it when I was in kindergarten and my art was being featured in the school newsletters. I had a couple art classes in high school, a basic art class in community college, and a whole lot of art history, but aside from that I haven’t had much schooling in it.

Question: What influences your present art style ? Do you have any favorite artists or toy creators?

Candie: When I was a kid my drawings were influenced by nature and animals, but as I got older my interests shifted towards anime and everything Japanese so I tried to emulate manga artists for a while. My style now reflects a blending of those two influences. My absolute favorite artists are James Jean and Audrey Kawasaki, but I try to absorb influences from a wide spectrum of artists.

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Cupids Volley ( from a recent Dragatomi show )

Question: I know you like cats and even have a very cool cat tattoo. Can you tell us why you like cats so much ?

Candie: There are so many reasons! Aside from being incredibly adorable they also make great cuddle buddies. I grew up with a lot of animals so it’s hard for me to pick favorites, but cats are definitely high on my list.

Question: You only just started painting, but I have been very impressed by your skill set. How is it you’ve been able to pick up painting so well so quickly ?!

Candie: I’m not deserving of your praise, I still have so much to learn! I don’t believe skills are gifted to people at birth, it’s something that you have to earn through hard work and dedication. I’ve been drawing my entire life so maybe those skills translated well to painting. Either that or all of my art history classes mentally prepared me for this moment!

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Question: Max Toys is releasing a special Negora set with a giclee with your art. Can you tell us how that image came about .. Double Trouble ?

Candie: The only direction I was given was to draw two black cats so I played off that idea of duality by making the piece symmetrical. I came up with all the background imagery of fish and bird skulls because I was trying to think of what cats like and what a cat would consider “cool”.

Note: Sorry this Negora set has now sold out !

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MothraThe painting above is in the upcoming Atomic Meltdown show at Clutter Gallery March 8th, 2014.  (Note the painting has sold !)

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Candie: What’s most important to me is that I keep improving my skills. I hope that a year from now I can look back at the paintings I’m doing now and feel like I’m a million times better than that. Career-wise I hope to have my first solo show, and a few of my own toys out by then!

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I want to thank Candie for taking the time from her busy schedule to answer these questions. Honestly, if you haven’t heard of her, you will in the coming months ;-)

Follow her to find out what shows she’ll be in below. I’ve got a few Max Toy projects in the works with her including this ;-P

KitsuneBackTo contact Candie and buy giclee prints and more check the links below:

http://candiebolton.bigcartel.com/

http://candiebolton.com

And of course follow her via Instagram: http://instagram.com/arabbitinthemoon/#

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Monster Kolor secret party West Coast

web17Once again it’s been so busy I’ve neglected this blog … if you need up to date info on what I’m doing and/or Max Toy info I post to the Max Toy site all the time : www.maxtoyco.com

Todd “Mechavirus” Robertson was in town so we figured that would be a good time to have an informal Monster Kolor paint party ! Lucky for us, Matt Walker owner and head paint guru sent along plenty of goodies for us to try !

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Todd’s sister Courtney also came along and this was her first time with an airbrush ! Todd being the good brother he is showed her the ropes. First starting off practicing on a piece of paper.

web4Once she got the hang of it it was onto one of Todd’s new Ammonaito soft vinyl figures.

web5   web8Todd got down to business spraying a run of Yuudoku !

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web11I found another clear green with glitter Kaiju Eyezon, so of course worked on that …

web13Truth be told, really can’t get much done in a group situation, I prefer to work alone. So I didn’t really spray too much .. but got a good start on this one.

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web16Joining us was Jay222, who by now is a Monster Kolor fan.

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  web18  Courtney is a photographer so she took some time out from painting to snap a few pics as well.web20Here’s Todd putting some serious thoughts in his work  ;-)

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Normally I wear a respirator  (face mask) while spraying …

web21… I have no idea why I look like this .. but i guess the fumes are getting to me  ;-)

web22Lots of new colors in this box … Monster Kolor “Shot Caller” paint was a favorite of mine … kinda a turquoise metallic colorweb28Jay222 working on a fish !

web29Nice color choices !

web1above and below some of Todd’s handy work. We didn’t get a chance to finish but got a good start to some figures.

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We all agreed that Courtney was the winner today ! Her first airbrushed toy and it looked great ! Nice color selection, dare I say it was “pretty” !

With that we all had a great time, ate Hawaiian foods and learned about Team Cobra ;-) I want to give a huge Thanks to Matt Walker / Monster Kolor for his support over the years and for his awesome paint thats really helped changed the customizing world. Thanks also go out to Todd, Courtney, and Jay for making it a fun time as well.

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Japanese Toys at the SFO Museum show

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 I finally got around to seeing the new SFO Museum show called Japanese Toys ! From Kokeshi to Kaiju. For those who may not know the San Francisco airport ( SFO ) has an actual accredited museum contained within the various terminals and corridors.

Like me, you’ve probably seen various exhibits big and small while waiting for flights. I guess I never thought about the fact that these are all painstakingly designed, researched and displayed. Yes, just like a stand alone museum.

A quick back story, over a year ago I was contacted by SFO curator Nicole Mullen about participating in a group show at the SFO Museum about Japanese toys. The premise was to show a overview of toys made in Japan, from wood toys, tin toys, through modern plastic toys. Not just Monster or Kaiju toys, mind you, this aspect actually interested me. I see Kaiju toys in my room everyday, but to see other types of toys and characters I thought would make for a nice exhibit.

I was interested but did not really know how I felt about loaning out my 100+ toys for 8-9 months. While the exhibit would be about 6 months the process would involve coming to pick up the items, carefully wrapping them for travel to their offices. Once there condition reports and such were generated and they planned out how to display the 500+ items that would be the show. In fact, they would completely stage the exhibit off site before the actual display in the terminal.

Needless to say, each step of the way, the Nicole, Kelvin and Alisa and the SFO staff were not only professional but always open to communication about any of my concerns concerning any steps of the process.They were mindful to treat all items with museum gloves, archival packing and even in displaying them to be mindful of sunlight etc.

If they ever contact you about loaning items for a show I would give them all a big thumbs up ;-)

Below is a brief tour of the show which is located beyond security in the domestic United terminal. Yes, the downside is you will need to be traveling to see the show ..because of 9-11, you have to go through security ;-( But, should be traveling I highly recommend taking a look before you board your plane ! There’s some really rare toys and displays that most collectors and fans don’t normally see ;-)

Here’s the link to the show online as well : http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/japanese-toys-kokeshi-kaiju

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A quick view of the exhibit down the long United terminal. I’m sorry these are not really in order of how the exhibit is laid out and I might have forgotten a display but for the most part I think I have pictures of most of the show.

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Here Max and I pose in front of a classic poster image from a Bullmark toys ad, 1970s.

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By the way, they have a very nice “free” brochure for the exhibit too.

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Giant Inu Dog sculpture .. yes not a Cat  ;-)

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Its a bit surreal to see “my” toys on display and looking at me  ;-) But infact, as a collector you have to realize that these toys will most likely out live you and be passed onto another person down the line. Well for now I’m enjoying them and I’m glad they are on display for others to see and enjoy.

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I really like how everything is laid out. It’s hard to see but each figure has a wire support behind the leg, with a clear rubber waist support. They are all securely attached without taking away from the display of the figure.

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Kaiju display, the super duper sized Red King in the middle is a super duper rare Popy store display from the King Rory collection. Very nice to see one up close.

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If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I’m a huge fan and supporter of the various craftsmen in Japan, who still to this day, make these Japanese toys. I was happy to provide some items and images of Shimizu-san, who casts all of the Max Toys we make in Japan.Shown here are also vintage Popy molds from the 70s as well as original Kaiju Drazoran sculpt, test shots and paint masks.

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The two items ( middle and left side ) are an Ultraman Jack and Lion Maru ride both circa 70s Japan. The one facing the other way is Kamen Rider V3 ( from Kimono My House collection ). I love these rides and was thrilled to see them elevated and displayed like this ! If only my toy room was so big I’d display them like this too  ;-P

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Another case with various Ultra goodies from my collection  ;-)

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I’m trying to get in to touch my toys  ;-)

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So yes there are other cases in this exhibit besides my Ultra stuff … here’s some vintage tin robots. A few of these are from my collection as well  ;-) Circa 50-60s Japan.

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another view of the giant Inu Dog .. really cool !

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above and below some paper items, kites, fans various toys and ceramic dolls.

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While I’m not a doll collector, these were really cool examples of vintage Japanese girls dolls with kimonos.

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Knowing that quite a few West coast folks not only saw Ultraman, but Kikaida figures from my collection were also included.

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Max poses with a blow up of Ultraman, from the Marusan tin box.

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More paper items, Menko cards, trading cards also used to play games with.

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cool tiger / cat figure ;-)

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Various vintage Kokeshi dolls and wooden figures.

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Probably eclipsing Godzilla as a recognizable character in the states, is Hello Kitty. I;m sure my fellow Godzilla collectors will be up in arms about this ;-)

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vintage Hello Kitty items from Sanrio collection.

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and of course, this crazy Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga  ;-P

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But of course whats near and dear to my heart is of course Ultraman … and here’s myself and Max in front of my Ultraman suit.

I need to find some boots for him ;-)

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Well, there you have it I most excellent show ! I hope you have the time to see it as it runs thru April 2014. I was told through the whole run of the show, tens of thousands of traveling people will see it as they go thru the terminal. I hope it sparks the imagination of some kid to collect or create their own Kaiju of the future !

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Design Festa 38 Tokyo Japan Max Toy Kaiju Trip

Ok in my ongoing effort to try to catch up with various Mark Nagata / Max Toy events … here’s some pics from my recent trip to Tokyo, and Design Festa #38. This was my second trip to Japan this year (2013) and I made may usual trips to the vinyl factory to see Shimizu-san and to the paint factory, the Maruyama Brothers. But the main focus was to attend the Design Festa show. I’ve actually been to Design Festa many years ago in my previous incarnation as toy shop / magazine owner… this time was a bit different in that I had a table and sold Max Toy stuff. DF is actually more a DIY / Artists show .. both art works and performance arts. I really like the vibe of this show and what little time I got to walk around enjoyed it. The range of talent is very impressive, I have to say.

So here’s the pics with spares comments  ;-P

2013-11-01 18.51.30This would mark my second trip for 2013 to Tokyo, though so much has happened this year that it felt like a year ago since I last was here. For Jay222 this was his very first trip and I could tell he was very excited  ;-)

Todd Robertson and Jay222 looking over the menu ..we all agreed anything ordered would be good !! We each traveled from 12-14 hours to get to Tokyo.2013-11-01 19.09.23sushi selection…of course amazing !

2013-11-01 19.12.35various grilled items .. all yummy ! We were all super tired and called it a night as we would need to get up very early the next morning to set up at Design Festa.

2013-11-03 07.33.06Random Japanese TV commercial ;-)

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the hotel room we stayed in for Design Festa was really nice. More room than i am use to ;-P

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2013-11-02 07.21.34the calm before the storm at Design Festa … time to set up !

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above and below, artists Todd Robertson, Javier Jimenez and Jay222 set up there work

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2013-11-02 11.01.16far right, thats Yamomark, I want that Chicken Kaiju ! ( below )

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Blobpus table, sorry this is after most all his stuff sold .. the table had some goodies but I didn’t get to take a pic.

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2013-11-02 11.00.55Sunguts and his triple tier of awesome stuff !

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2013-11-02 11.01.43above/below Dream Rocket and his glow in the dark figures !

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2013-11-02 18.16.58I need one of these suits ;-)

2013-11-02 18.00.35 2013-11-02 17.44.11Dol Roffo gave me this super cute figure he made !

2013-11-02 16.44.13Gumtaro and his new Gizalla figure

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I wish i had more time to walk around, but there was an exhibit of these super realistic Cats made out of felt (!) simply amazing work !!

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day one was a blur, we sold out of most of what we brought ;-P Tasty dinner … !

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I was beat and fell asleep quickly .. one more Design Festa day to go.

2013-11-02 16.17.46since we already set up already we had a relaxing all you can eat breakfast .. the little grilled fish were awesome !

2013-11-02 12.44.37Javier sketching away, the kid can draw !

2013-11-03 16.02.34a visit from Doctor Tulip ( kaiju gals artist)  ! I’m not sure of the exact theme of her booth but i think it had to do with giving you a cure ;-P of some sort .. haha …2013-11-03 14.07.48can you tell we ate alot ? lunch options at Design Festa …

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2013-11-03 11.11.42gift from Sunguts … it’s a mushroom and not something else ;-P

2013-11-03 16.27.38yajima-san and myself strike an action pose .. not bad for two old guys !

2013-11-03 18.29.21a gift from this talented artist Tomohito Yamada ( kneeling in the blue shirt)

2013-11-03 18.04.18I have to say my favorite discovery was this super cute Cat figure !

and follow on twitter here: https://twitter.com/hamta7

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each had hand painted faces … I really like this figure ;-)

2013-11-03 17.07.56Kaiju Gals artists Hikari Banbi  and winner Teresa

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Viking dinner after Design Festa ! Thats an all you can eat place … of course, everything was super tasty ! Many thanks to Joe Somers for picking up the tab (!)

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Made our way after dinner to our HQ the Kadoya Hotel in Shinjuku. Of course we could not sleep, so we walked around a bit and found this game center ;-P

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funny prizes

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followed by late night snacks !

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another early morning nothing like Japanese TV to get you started

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so across the way we have this on going joke about a foot doctor, called Dr Foot, because the logo looks like me !?! You be the judge …

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So this day was free to do toy shopping .. I had but one request and that was to go to the Bullmark shop. I had no idea where it was but showed Yo a web site so he planned it out .. it was over by an amusement part in Asakusa. We made our way through the Sensō-ji temple … very cool …   2013-11-04 11.29.462013-11-04 11.30.32

incense you fan over yourself before going into the temple to pray

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after some confusion in trying to find the Bullmark store it looked like the store was located in this amusement park. We had to pay to get in. Three grown men going to a amusement park for 8 year olds … hmmm, come to think of it we are about 8 so maybe thats not an issue …  ;-P2013-11-04 11.47.12 2013-11-04 11.45.47

to say this all seemed like a bizarre David Lynch movie wouldn’t describe it .. but thats close enough … these rides have all seen their heyday .. it’s like this place was forzen in the late 70s. I guess the land has been sold, so it seems like this won’t be here much longer … glad I was able to experience it ;-)2013-11-04 11.45.40

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so there’s these crazy Panda rides randomly placed around the park .. you could activate it for 500 yen ( about $5.00 ) but most kids were sitting on them and trying to make them move along …2013-11-04 12.03.14

this big kid tried the same … check out the kid to the right ;-P

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Jay222 took a ride on a crazy spinning thing ( I have a video I need to upload) and got his fortune from this machine.

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here’s Jay222 waiting for his ride …haha …

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Ok so we finally found the Bullmark store, well actually section … I did buy a few things but i really wanted a canvas bag with Bullmark logo on it and of course they don’t sell it any more ..drat !

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time out for ramen ;-) and time to go to Nakano Mall and more toy shopping

2013-11-04 14.08.49Nakano Mall … all things Otaku here  ;-)

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took a break at Mr Donut

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made our way to OneUp store at Akihabara where we ( Todd, Javier, Jay and Myself ) had a mini Eyezon exhibit. Everything sold ;-)

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Elevator door with Max Toy logo  ;-P

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ONeUp owner Ken treted us all to a nice dinner ;-) I order Steak with Foie Gras … sorry to my Veggie friends, but it was tasty.

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Long day is over, next day is visiting Shimizu-san vinyl factory and Maruyama Brothers painting and vinyl factory.

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quick breakfast in the morning

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I never tire of visiting Master Shimizu-san and his vinyl factory. I’ve posted several videos of this Master at work like this one :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qUJ7TPKSns&list=TLys-Ga7JILxJpaeity-x2sbmM5zB2UJYH

or this one :

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Shimizu-san wasn’t casting this day, but you can see the Salt chemical in it’s solid form .. it’s heated by gas falme and will melt into a super hot liquid state … the molds filled with liquid vinyl are then place into the hot bath for various amounts of time .. the heated molds “cook” the vinyl in them .. and when pulled form the mold form the various pieces for the toys.2013-11-05 11.19.04 2013-11-05 11.18.59 2013-11-05 11.18.53 2013-11-05 11.18.42

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I picked up this sweet test shot of Kaiju Axron, our latest vinyl Kaiju figure from Max Toy Company.2013-11-05 11.54.11 2013-11-05 11.54.00

We had lunch with Shimizu-san, he actually treated us (!) I was humbled that he would offer … my only regret is i could not converse with him .. but maybe this was a good thing as I would have grilled him about the soft vinyl history and to be honest this is a job for him and he’s not concerned about us toy guys ( haha )2013-11-05 11.47.50 2013-11-05 11.47.38

Todd enjoying his first baby ( toy ). After lunch we went to visit the Maruyama Brothers factory, I did not take pictures mostly because their were other peoples toys there and didn’t want to “reveal” something that I shouldn’t ;-P Avoiding Toy Politics and all ;-P Had a good meeting and bid them farewell till next time. By the way if you buy our Negora they are the ones that paint them all ..really amazing job to hand paint each one.

2013-11-05 15.23.48the wonderful thing about Tokyo is of course the subways can get you just about everywhere … still even the sub ways can be a big mass of various lines and what not, so Yo’s help in navigating was much needed.

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Our final dinner was to celebrate artist Teresa and her Kaiju Gals win … a all you can eat Brazilian meat restaurant in Harajuku.

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while the idea of all you can eat meat sounds great, after a few rounds the tummy was so full … I had to throw in the towel … ;-P It was very tasty though !

2013-11-05 19.40.29we left the restaurant an followed Teresa to a designers studio near by….

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I’m sorry I did not take many pics but we met half of the two guy studio that is Zarigani Works  Very famous studio and we had fun with this new remote camera that took pictures in a crazy fish eye way … hard to explain but you will see this product out in the market soon … sorry the product name escapes me at the moment ( ! ) I also picked up another fav toy .. this wooden Ultraman figure !

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well here’s a fried shrimp hot dog for breakfast .. it was Ok .. i think the mayo was too much for me ;-P

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on the way home via bus to Narita airport, yes Cats are everywhere in Japan !

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final airport meal  and back home. As always an exciting trip to Tokyo and already plans to return again for a show and more ;-)

Many Thanks to my travel mates, Jay222, Todd, Javier for making this a super fun trip. My many toy friends for your continued support and of course this wouldn’t be a Max Toy trip without Yo Miyamoto’s continued support and friendship. Till next time in Kaiju Land !!!

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Toy Karma 4 at Rotofugi gallery Chicago

Well it’s been awhile since last posting here …. been so busy with various Max Toy events … and I’m way late on posting this … the show is long over but we had a fantastic turn out for the opening ( Thank you to everyone who came out and traveled to the show ! )

Held every two years, it’s been what 7 years since the first one ?!! Crazy really .. who’d have thought Kaiju could be so popular and still going strong !

I want to get these pictures up so I’ll keep the text to a minimum and just say that nearly everything sold, but there are still a few pieces left via this link: http://www.rotofugi.com/gallery/exhibits/2013-tk4exhibit/

2013-10-05 18.37.57Rotofugi Kirby, Myself and Rotofugi Whitney. Without their ongoing support there would be no Toy Karma. Besides being great supporters of the Art Toy scene, they are good people, period … who work really hard to make it all work.

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Myself and my son, Max … hard to believe he’s my size now ;-P

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Making the trip from Boston, is Mechavirus himself ! artist Todd Robertson ! All his pieces sold ;-)IMG_8994 IMG_8993 IMG_8992 IMG_8991 IMG_8990 IMG_8989 IMG_8988 IMG_8987 IMG_8986 IMG_8985 IMG_8984 IMG_8983   This is Rotofugi .. or rather Fugi … really cool doggie ! He runs the place  ;-) IMG_8979 IMG_8978 IMG_8977

In my opinion, Rotofugi has the best combination of store/gallery space. The historic building has really high ceilings and wonderful wood floors lending to the over all atmosphere.

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Wow, @orangecatsandkaiju showing off the almost completed Negora tattoo ! Most impressive !

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