Kaiju Comrades Art Show , Tokyo Japan part 2



Part 2 – It’s Friday morning, we have about 90% of the show up and done. I love how in Japan about every 50 feet is a bank of vending machines with green tea, soda, beer … amazing ! I was hooked on the fanta grape .. I don’t know why but it tastes so much better in Japan 😉 I kept thinking 100 yen was a great bargain, but you know thats like $1.00 per can (!)



One thing i did not think about was all the visitors we had the previous day.. which of course is nice, but than again was hard to work and talk at the same time… and try to take pictures …anyways we had about 3 hours to finish as the invite party was from 3pm till late … we arrived and quickly put the finishing touches on the show .. actually these pics show the first versions of it but mixed in with other versions…as the days went by we tweaked it, so these pictures may not match other pictures or those posted post elsewhere.



So now for a tour .. as you entered and made a left turn the show starts with room 1 . Along this very narrow hall we posted the show info , my biography and sponsors logos. Those not familiar with the shows theme, basically it was to use or customize a character from my original creations, Captain Maxx and his various kaiju ( monsters ) and seijin ( aliens ). Participants could do whatever they wanted, and as you can everyone had a good time exploring this theme.



as you made a right turn into the first room, along one wall we had most of the art work…



walking towards the back we had a table with a nice group of customs … which got quite a viewing through out 😉



walking back out along the left side we had a lovely flower arrangement sent for the shows opening by Hyper Hobby ( “nice touch” as Garfield would say )

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the corner had this unique shelf, that actually came in handy as we needed to hang this art piece by Kill! and allowed for placement of other pieces as well …



awesome kids drawing by Moana of various Japanese characters 😉 one of my favs …



so going back out into the main walkway you make a hard left into the second gallery room, where we also sold many of the exclusives…



the metal shelf was full of many awesome customs !!! by the shows end most would be sold to lucky collectors …



closer views of the shelf…









to the right of this shelf was a smaller table with more goodies …



and to the right of this was a table with some of the exclusives…



..and a peek at the small room where we sold and stored all the exclusives…



so all in all I was pleased with the set up, with the Ghetto art galleries there no air of pretentiousness, which makes for a very relaxed environment. Soon we had many artists and friends filling the galleries .. again, I’m so sorry I do not have a complete record of everyone who came ( Carlos where are the pictures ! 😉 ) but a highlight included Marmits President, Akumatsu-san attending and surprising the heck out of me by bringing a gift of a super giant Godzilla figure that he painted one half as a Kikaida villian !



great privalage to meet artist Juki .. his Boy Kani custom, from my Boy Karma figure was truly amazing …I will post more pics but he turned the torso upside down, cut the hands off, made custom claws, and new head, the head in turn was turned into a fish using the left over hands .. and to top it off both pieces used LED lights inside ! no wonder it sold so quickly .. !





I also finally was able to have a conversation with TOUMA (!) the funny thing is we have seen each other over the years but due to my lack of Japanese and his lack of English .. well we seemed to never have connected .. needless to say we traded many stories and observations about the current state of Art Toys and I was floored when he presented me with a full set of his upcoming Bandai gatchapon Ultra seven figures … these are most awesome ! and Monstock presented me with this awesome Destadon !



Dark Side Hero Toys crew with Uuji stopped by with this gatchapon machine with Captain Maxx, Xam, Tripus, Eyezon and logo pins ! These were a big hit during the shows run…



in fact if you came to the show you could get a free card with one free pin and space to collect the others …



a full set-oh ( full set ) of pins 😉



the machione and more buttons will be available atht e max Toy table during the next Superfest later this month in Tokyo…

and each invite who came also got a gift bag at the end of the night, with a custom Xam puppet, and some special chocolates …



I love these don’t get me wrong, but it was not my idea to put my mug on one of them ;-P the party lasted late into the night .. some very interesting conversations took place and I’m sure many of you would have loved to be a fly on the wall ?!! I think it was great to also mix some of these guys together for the first time … we went back to the hotel and sleep, as the next day would be the first public day of sales .. hmmm, what would happen ?!!

About toykarma

Over the years Mark Nagata has collected thousands of toys and a fair amount of titles. The man behind San Francisco-based Max Toy Company is widely known as: Toy Collector. Illustrator. Magazine Founder/Publisher. Toy Designer. Artist. Author. Husband. Father. But the one description that might fit best is an unofficial one – Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. In the Japanese-inspired art and toy area, as well as throughout the larger toy collecting community, Mark is welcomed and recognized for his personal passion and commitment to supporting artists all around the world and the unique works they create. Beginning as a collector in his youth, Mark has had for years a keen eye for great art and a personal interest in collecting that he has spread through a variety of outlets. Trained at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Mark honed his skills working for himself and for some of the most notable businesses in the country. As a freelance commercial illustrator, he completed works for such prominent companies as Lucasfilms, DC Comics, Hasbro Toys, IBM, Sony, and numerous advertising and design firms, both national and international. Mark’s colorful style graces over 40 cover paintings for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series – Give Yourself Goosebumps. After hundreds of assignments, Mark made the decision to move in another direction, and that choice has led to whole new career as a successful businessman. For four years, the owner of one of the largest Ultraman toy collections in the world co-published Super 7 Magazine showcasing the finest in Japanese toy collecting. “I’d been collecting Japanese toys all along and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them,” Nagata says. Mark’s devotion to presenting collectors with a selection of original figures inspired by classic Japanese toys from the 1960s and ‘70s as well as new versions of licensed Japanese characters is at the heart of Max Toy Company. Named for his son, Max Toys specializes in custom and limited editions of “kaiju” (Japanese monsters) toys and artwork. Many of the original toys produced are hand painted by Mark, a tradition that goes back to Japanese toy makers of the past. “Since our target is the soft vinyl Japanese toy collector, which is a very small niche, our runs of toys can be extremely small,” Mark says. “Runs range from 500 pieces of one toy to just one for a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind custom figure.” Through Max Toys, Mark has taken great pains to widen the reach of his two passions – toys and art. He played a significant part in the development of the first group kaiju show in the United States. Held at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in 2007, the “Toy Karma” Show featured detailed work from artists from Japan, the U.S. and South America. Participants marveled at the custom-painted toys and art on display. “Toy Karma” led to Mark being asked to be one of the artists spotlighted in the “Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The October 2007 show, held jointly with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusement Museum, marked the first time – in a museum setting – that the influence of Japanese toys on California artists was explored. The exhibit featured more than 30 of Mark’s original paintings, toys and a selection of his vintage toy collection. Mark continued to be at the forefront as interest in Japanese-inspired art and toys expanded in 2008. Prestigious art houses Philips De Pury and Christie’s in New York and London sold Mark’s hand-painted custom kaiju toys in its auctions, spreading this unique art and toy movement into new and uncharted areas of the art world. In 2009, Mark once again took his love of toys and art overseas this time to a receptive and welcoming audience in Tokyo, Japan. Here, Mark curated the “Kaiju Comrades” Art Show, once again bringing together artists from various aspects of the kaiju toy realm in this first-of-its-kind toy art show. The following year found Mark in Barcelona, Spain co-curating with Emilio Garcia “Kaiju Attack,” the European country’s first kaiju art show. As the growth of kaiju art and toys increases worldwide, Mark continues in his unofficial role of Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. He has written and had his artwork and toy designs included in several books and magazines, both domestic and international. In 2010, Mark served as guest lecturer on kaiju and the toy-making process at the Morikami Museum in Florida. The San Francisco resident and his art can also be spotted in the first volume of the “ToyPunks” DVD and the “Toys R Us” DVD, while the video for the number one song by Owl City “Fireflies” featured Mark’s popular Kaiju Eyezon character. During this same time period, Mark has spearheaded the “Toy Karma 2” and “Kaiju Comrades 2” shows and has plans for future shows both in the U.S. and overseas. “Max Toys allows me to produce original artwork, new toys and work directly with a lot of talented artists,” Mark says. “Max Toy is a synthesis of toys and art, both life-long passions.”
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