Bullmark fosters a Dream of Children

Just got this beautiful reproduction set of Bullmark catalogs and posters in from Japan.
Packaged in a very classy way ( as only the Japanese can do ! ) I half expected to open delicate rice crackers or manju in each of the boxes ! Perhaps not as tasty but equally exciting, this set includes two boxes with posters in them, a main black box with Bullmark catalog reproductions, a nice Mid sized Earthtron kaiju, an over view booklet, coupon for ordering exclusive toys, a dvd of Bullmark commercials / clips, a Bullmark cloth, and finally a nice autographed board by the remaining living founder of Bullmark.

above, exact reproductions of classic Bullmark catalogs.. for the vintage collector really a treasure trove of information, as these were the catalogs that toy dealers and wholesalers got to order their toys from Bullmark. The keen collector will note many painted Kaiju that were never produced in such colorways .. or even some toys that were not produced at all .. One being the 12 inch Bullmark Ultraman Ace with removable mask …

within these tubes contain some many posters .. my mind blew a fuse ;-P Of note the classic posters of the child sleeping with Bullmark figures ( printed on very heavy weight ) and the line up of the Kaiju Parade ( this one sporting so many unproduced colorways of kaiju ! ) Note that most of these posters are printed on a lighter weight paper stock .. but the printing is top notch, nonetheless.

above, the Ultraman poster here is printed on a heavy weight paper with a pebbled texture .. nicely done !

tons more posters and sales flyers are reproduced here …

above, my favorites of the set are these two posters .. for sure I will frame these !

for the lucky ones who buy this set, you can use this coupon to order these repro Bullmark figures .. the Mecha Godzilla is sure to be a much ordered piece .. alas the actually firing mechanics are not included .. but still an excellent repro for way less than a mint in box on goes for…

finally this autgraphed shikishi board, autographed by one of the founding members of Bullmark, Mr Ishizuki-san. It reads 1) is the date he signed (it shows in KANJI characters). It says ‘5th of November, HEISEI year 21 (it means 2009).(Heisei is the name of an era that we use in Japan) 2) is the actual autograph of Mr. Ishizuki. 3)says ‘Bullmark fosters a Dream of Children’. This is the actual catch phrase of Bullmark toys. They have been using this phrase since they have started, I think.
There are two red stamps at bottom. One on the left is Bullmark stamp and the other one is Ishizuki-san’s name stamp. ( thanks to Yo Miyamoto for the translations!)
Ok so with a retail of about $200.00 USD is this set worth it ? For me the answer is Yes .. a 10 out of 10 rating… to amass the original versions of these would of course cost you way more than $200, the poster with the Boy sleeping alone would be $200+++ “IF” you could even find one ( believe me, I’ve been looking for one ! )but to be honest, if your only sorta interested in the history of Bullmark and not interested in the paperwork, than I would say it probably would not be worth it for you. But if you want to order those toys, you have to buy this set, as it contains a special coupon to send back in with your money .. and you have to order it via a friend in Japan 😉

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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