Kaiju Bazaar show pieces now up online ! Double Punch / Ningyoushi.com !
Saturday, Nov 13th, 2010, was the opening of the Kaiju Bazaar show at Double Punch in San Francisco. Denise and Omar ( the owners of Double Punch store and Ningyoushi.com online) had approached me many months back about doing a follow up the Kaiju Invades San Francisco show from December 2009. This time the theme would be centered around Japanese food stalls .. so Kaiju served up as food !
So with that in mind I drew up a really simple sketch of what we might be able to do in their gallery space .. of course the drawing was more complex than we could really do, but it at least gave us a starting point for how the show could look.
Because I’ve over booked myself this year, I did not get started on the customs for the show until the week of the show, and I knew we would need to have those over hangs painted to add to the Japanese feel. Lucky the faux over hangs were not too hard to make, and a trip to the Daiso store remedied the problems of hanging lanterns and flags.
The evening started with this awesome grilled Saba for dinner .. yummy !
But to back track a bit, earlier in the day we showed up to help Denise set up the show … Each artist had a “food stall ” set up. So with that and my simple sketch each section began to take shape over the next few hours … Below, I’m using the “Force” to help out Denise 😉
My section is starting to take shape !
Doing my best Spiderman imitation as I try to hang a banner ….
..steady old man ;-P ….
taking a short break I let this mysterious collector, “H-man ” look at the upcoming Alien Argus figure being released by Toy Art Gallery. He likes it 😉 and counts the extra articulation as a big time bonus !
finally the set up is done .. as you will see in the next few images, I think we did a good job at replicating the Food Bazaar feel. Below, we have the Uamou section ….
all the figures above sold out quickly … !
Uamou’s Takoyaki , take out tray .. my personal favorite, and it sold out quickly.
As the evening got going, Omar was busy marking pieces as sold as well answering any questions folks had… I think he’s giving two thumbs up !
Uamou, really went all out with our theme ! Above, here we have lollipop versions of her characters. Very Cute !
On this wall we had on the top shelf, RealxHead and below Dead Presidents Designs.
RealxHead had an array of minis, which did not last long … as many sold out ! No surprise at all ! and how can you go wrong with anything Cats ?!!
Matt pulled out the stops with his HazMat figure .. many of them sporting unique hoses, and guns mounted on heads ! The addition of Zombie-like paint schemes and splatter effects really made for some stand out pieces .. but we already expect that from Matt !
This wall has PicoPico .. like many other pieces in the show, practically everything sold out by nights end ! The smaller pieces are actually resin pieces in various monster forms … Neato !
Hand painted, with a nice wash of color to bring out the details, by PicoPico .. and yes, sold.
Here we have Itoken Parks section.
Itoken Park didn’t have a big quantity of items, but no matter, these beautifully painted figures lasted all of a few minutes and sold out 😉
and finally, some fellow named Mark Nagata / Max Toys .. displayed his stuff along this wall …
Kaiju Dragigus on white vinyl … I used a color palette I don’t normally use ;-P
Rainbow minis in a Bento Box !
Kaiju Drazoran with his Watagashi ( cotton candy ) !!!
and in what was to be the highlight of the evening for me, Jay222 presented me with these amazing figures he hand sculpted as gifts !!! .. now get this, if you look closely they are made from the top and bottom of a mini Eyezon figure !
Using Super Sculpey , Jay deftly added details .and made Eyezon into a Ghostbuster !!
check out the details, like the belt buckle !
and the back pack !
and how cute is the Stay Puff / Eyezon ?!!
So with that the evening winds down, a good portion of the show has sold and it’s time to leave. The view above is from the parking garage on Vallejo street, which is a good place to park if your going to visit Double Punch at night. Thank to everyone who came out to see the show ! I know I speak for everyone in saying we all appreciate your support and well wishes !
My next show will be a group Kaiju show at Dragatomi in Sacramento on January 8th, 2011 ! I’ll post more info on that soon …
ah, Max is growing up way too fast, which of course means I am getting old fast … ha-ha … !
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.”