I’m back, but still got the jet lag, I guess I’m old ! Anyways was an incredible trip ( how could it not be ? ) actually I was shocked to realize it was my 8th trip to Japan.. and I still can barely mutter a few phrases in Japanese, ugh … but hey Toy Talk is universal and for sure a cool toy transcends language differences. This is the first post of my trip to Japan.. so over the next few days I will post some pics and comments ..I have to say that this trip would not have been made possible without Max Toy’s Japan correspondent, Yo … he worked tirelessly to make sure we were on time and translated non stop, so thank you again Yo ! Also check out a few mentions on these blogs: KAIJU-TARO – http://www.laughnow.tv/myblog/index.php/jimmyhat/ and EROSTIKA – http://erostika.blog65.fc2.com/
After a feverish week of emails and painting toys like a mad man the day to leave was upon me and Carlos to leave for Japan. The flight was smooth as glass until the final 10 minutes ..than all hell broke loose and the landing was the most bumpy I have been on, so much that I got a bit motion sickness and even thought about reaching for that barf bag, thank goodness I did not need too 😉 anyways once we landed and collected our stuff we were on our way. This was late Saturday and after a quick dinner we checked in to our hotel and went to bed, as the next day we had to get going about 5 am for Winter Wonderfest. Wonderfest for those who do not know is like San Diego Comic Con, but actually filled with Otaku made resin kits and such … some very risque and would make the news in a bad way in the US .. but in Japan it is no big deal. Most all of these kits are expertly sculpted and perfect in all details.. well among this are sprinkled soft vinyl toy makers. Max Toy Company for the first time set up a table next to Cronic and Nerdone table …here we are using a cart to bring our stock to our table inside the convention center. It was so cold and windy outside but the real storm was about to be unleashed inside !
actually we set up twice as the first set up we suddenly realized we were at the wrong table ! D-oh !
Once the doors opened the first 15 minutes were crazy as fans ran to whatever booth they want some exclusive from .. needless to say Cronic of course was swamped and he quickly sold out what he brought. In fact, I wanted a get some toys from him, but alas they were sold ;-( I was surprised that a few guys actually ran to my booth as well and quickly bought one of everything and ran off again 😉
After that frenzy the following hours were filled with many, many meetings, greetings and such. I wish i could have looked around but could not. and in true convention confusion some guys would come to my booth to say Hi, but I would be at their booth to say hi.. and repeat .. funny and frustrating ! I think what really surprised me but also touched me was that there are actually Max Toy fans in Japan (!) one in fact traveled from Osaka ( many hours away, even by bullet train ) to attend when he found out Max Toys would be there. Very humbling for sure and nice to know that Max toys are appreciated in the land of it’s inspiration. Another fan struggled to speak to me in English, but i understood what he was saying and really I was so impressed that he wanted to talk to me directly … these moments are what make this all worth doing.. positive Toy Karma for sure ! I met a lot of guys for the first time including Ilanena and his cute Dai Kaiju Card Monsters:
whose sculpt has to be seen in person to be appreciated .. very cool and nice ! His new and first soft vinyl figure called Stereo Bogin ( spell ? ) will be very popular I predict.
and famous Manga artist and Pachi Mon summit guy and his lovely wife stopped by to say hello, Karasawa-san:
Of course many others came by including Gargamel’s Kiyoka-san, Koji Harmon, and Chanmen ( who gave me a clear ultraman !! ), One Up guys, Rumble Monsters Wakahara-san ( was so dumb struck i forgot to ask for a photo with him, d-oh !) and more…. Also met up with DxSxHx – Dark Side Hero Toys, whose got a killer new sculpt and toy coming out, oh ya and some funny guy named Kaiju Taro! he recently had a finger transplant so two of his fingers are Tokyo Towers 😉
Kaiju Taro web site
I apologize to the others I am most likely leaving out of this over view, some images are probably in Carlos’s camera too, but in any case will give you guys a feel for the event ( maybe ? ) as far as vintage toys, since i could not look around I didn’t find any ;-( but in the next post I will talk about the highlight of the Wonderfest event that yes is very geeky but was a once in a lifetime chance for me…