Japanese Toy Perfection !

Ok you’ll have to excuse me.. I just got these two vinyls in and I am at a loss for words. Simply put these are some of the finest Japanese hero vinyls I have laid eyes upon in a very long time. I am very partial to vintage vinyls and I feel both of these hit the mark dead on .. not too mention both are in giant sized form 😉
First up is T28 or Tetsujin 28 by M1 Go of Japan. M1 is legendary for not only starting the whole retro style vinyl toys for collectors way back in the 80’s but also for it’s owner Yuji Nishimura who has the largest soft vinyl toy collection in Japan and the world. He even has a museum that houses way more than 10,000 pieces of his collection, TV and movie props … you name it, he’s got it !…and in the Japanese collectors world there’s no one even close. Yuji’s always made beautiful toys and models with an attention to detail that fans and otaku appreciate.. not just replicating a character but creating a new retro style figure that has that spirit or “it” factor that a true fan feels when you hold one in your hands.

This particular figure really hit it home for me, the girth, the sculpt and classic paint job .. I love it ! I have to say there have not been many toys of late that have taken me back to my early days of collecting, but somehow this one really managed to do that for me. I swear a smile came upon my face when holding this figure..something that I am sorry to say has not happened with toys of late ;-(

Standing at about 19 inches in height, this figure commands attention, without being so big that you have no where to put him 😉 As per usual, all parts are perfectly trimmed and painted… in a shameless plug I have one ( only one ) for sale in the Max Toy Company web store ( ha-ha ). I’m not sure how M1 Go can top this .. but if anyone can, they will !
Well, not to be out done I was also finally able to get my hands on this Magma Taishi ( aka as Goldar from Space Giants show in the USA ) giant sized figure from Denboku.

Much of my comments for T28 are the same for this one, spot on sculpting in the Manga style, this one sports many more points of articulation, at the wrists, and ankles, antennas and hair ;-P … Denbouku is known for this type of style of figure and all are beautifully done and forget about trying to get some of them as they instantly sell out at Japanese toy shows.

this figure will be tougher to track down, I don’t have a line on any others but you can always try yahoo Japan, via Celga services ( a middle man auction bidding service )

Ok I’m done gushing about these new pieces to the collection, it’s probably a good thing that these types of toys don’t come out all the time .. but when they do, man thats Japanese toy perfection !

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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