Captain Maxx Mini Kaiju series !

I’ve been teasing pics of these new figures on the Max Toy site, but thought I would show them here as well … I really like how they are coming out so far. I’ve been working with 5 different artists for this series, and seeing how they envision my creations is a lot of fun ! They were given total free reign on this project, the only thing i said was have fun with it. I think the results show they did have fun 😉
So without further ado, here are the 5 characters and the sculpts .. note must of these sculpts are not finished .. but will give you an idea of the spirit they already ooze 😉 I’m sure there are those who may disagree with me, but dang, nobody does “cute” like the Japanese can (!) First up is …
Captain Maxx by Tadayoshi Ichimiya – Sunguts (sculpt and wax). Ok, how cute is this ?!! For those of you out there who are into classic Japanese Heroes, Ichimiya-san included a human face version as well as the hero face version, like Silver Kamen ! As Garfield would say, “Nice Touch !”.

Alien Xam by Satoru Doki of Yamo-Mark (sculpt and wax). When I came up with Captain Maxx’s main foe, I obviously was influenced by Invasion of the Saucer Men and Alien Baltan. Along those lines, Alien Xam ( Max spelled backwards ) when he is in his giant form is actually made up of billions of tiny Xams .. this new mini figure perfectly replicates what I had in mind for Xam’s mini sized form ! Hmmm, now I only need to order a billion of them to build that life sized Xam I wanted … !

Kaiju TriPus by DxSxHx Toys, sculpt. In a million years i could not have designed a more perfect “cute” version of Kaiju TriPus ! It’s little flipper arms.. large baby three eyes looking at me… sniff, so cute …

Kaiju Eyezon by Yoshihiko Makino of TTToys, sculpt and wax. I’m dying to see the test shots ( the first vinyl pulls from the molds ) of this mini Eyezon .. all I have seen of this sculpt is this out of focus pic ( ha-ha ), at once scary but also cute with those short legs and arms ;-P I can’t wait to paint the eyes on this one !

Kaiju Drazoran by Yuichi Yamashita of Nakayoshi, sculpt. Ok your probably sick of me saying this but how can you resist this one ? Has a puppy dog feel , you can tell by it’s floopy feet it will grow into a 200 foot monster in no time !

All the figures are off to the iron mold factory in Japan. This step is to make the molds which the soft vinyl will be poured into, and the pieces will be generated for each toy. I will post pics of these first pulls or test shots. All five figures will debut at the February 2010 Winter Wonderfest show in Tokyo, Japan. But don’t worry we’ll also have them on our Max Toy web store very soon !

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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