New Kaiju Eyezon .. soon !


*** Update 4/21/10 – Thanks to Max Toy Club members this figure is now sold out !***
I’m not a machine .. although sometimes I wish i could be 😉 Case in point when i attempt to paint more than one of anything. Ya, my Japanese counterparts can crank out their painted toys with their eyes closed .. and seeing master painter Goto-san spraying a figure in like seconds really hit home what a novice I am to this Japanese toy making. But I do have to paint my toys from time to time .. yes, that is one of the ways I earn my living with Max Toys 😉
I have an upper limit of about 20 to 30 pieces .. anything more than that and to be quite honest I not only lose interest, but just can not do it ;-( …weak American that I am (ha-ha)…
My character, Kaiju Eyezon, has proven to be the most popular of the characters I’ve created, so painting him (it) is always a crowd pleaser.

This go around I decide to opt for a more lighter feel in my paint scheme .. I usually go for the darker, metallic look. Working on this figure, which stands about 10 inches tall and is cast in white vinyl is fun, but it’s got such a large surface area there’s a lot of paint that must be applied.

Using Monster Kolor, I think i achieved the look I was going for. This color scheme actually harkens back to the first Kaiju Eyezon release …I didn’t go all crazy with metallic flakes every where, although they are present in some of the pearl colors.

I don’t have a color theory per say… sometimes I look at old Bullmark figures for inspiration. Or visually I like to use darker colors that fade from top to bottom or vice versa .. or use warm colors on the tips of the horns to keep your eye flowing around the figure as you look at it…
But more often than not, I like the way paint will lay on top of each other and create new shades and colors. Only by layering or glazing colors..while also sitting on top of the white vinyl, can you create these colors. And finally after 2 days of this back and forth in layering I clear coat all of them. The clear coat really brings out the colors, any pearl or metallic effects .. and basically brings a depth to the paint work you will not achieve without it. Like a nice oil painting, there’s no way to show you what i mean unless you see the work in person .. someone said it has to do with the fact that we “see” with our two eyes, thus bringing depth to objects or even seeing glitter effects on these toys .. but the camera flattens out the depth..thus you can not see all the glorious colors 😉

and here’s a short video of me spraying away 😉 Not too exciting really, but no one said being a Kaiju toy maker was all glitz and glamour .. sorry to burst your bubble.

This version will be released via my Max Toy Club early next week, and if any are left I’ll post them to the Max Toy web store .. so check it, oh about mid week or so. Enjoy !

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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