Jumbee Pillows by Ralph Cosentino !

I’m VERY lucky to have some incredibly talented friends … and Ralph Cosentino is one. I can’t even begin to explain how much artistic ability Ralph has .. he’s at home with a pencil and paper or doing up a snazzy Flash animation or just talking on the phone with me and in 5 minutes he’s created 20 new characters ! ya thats for real ;-P I get an energy burst after talking to him, but than I crash when I figure I could never even approach a tenth of what Ralph has done or will do.
The other day I was surprised by getting this huge box … inside were four amazing pillows designed by Ralph and hand sewn by his wife ! They instantly took me back to my childhood of the 60’s-70’s … Ralph has this unique ability to capture certain time periods while making the characters current .. 3 of these pillows feature brand new ( to me ) characters that will make any Universal Monster fan want them 😉 Ya I know they are not official ones, no matter, these are waaaay cuter 😉 Each pillow I got is 11 x 11 x 5 inches. Now these are really not available just yet.. but they will be soon ! His new web site is called Jumbee and I would make sure you grab a full set via his site when it they are ready ! Oh and another thing I like about Ralph’s products is that he tries to make them as Earth friendly as he can … way to go Ralph !

First up is a Wolfman ! I know kids will love these .. but what makes em cool are the quotes on the back .. these are pure Ralph ! Each of them has them …

The Vampire, which is very Nosferatu-like 😉 How’d Ralph make a Vampire look so cute, I don’t know ! but he did !

and finally, the Frankenstien monster .. ah, my fav of the group !

I love the extra stitching on the sides .. just like Franky !

Ralphs original character called Fun-Boy now in pillow form 😉 This has to make anyone go “Ahh, so cute ! ” Yes, I’m a grown man ( well maybe ! ) and I think it’s cute.

and on the back many of the Characters in the Fun-Boy world ! How Ralph has time to create so much, I will never know … !
love the Cowboy rope details around the pillow !

Close up of the labels on each pillow .. on his site it says it’s a Zombie Bee , or JumBee ! Why?, you may ask… well it refers to all the Bees that are dying off in the world … and well without Bees, plants will die off .. and that’s not a good thing folks.

I’m a big believer in supporting good people, and Ralph is one of the best. Please support him and help spread Jumbee all over the world !!! Go Ralph !!!

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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