Hints and Spices and TOVI ?

above: A Cute Girl and her Cute Kaiju !

Kaiju Barrelmon !!!

What follows is the step by step process creating the soon to be released Kaiju Barrelmon from a new design studio in Australia called Hints and Spices.

Hints and Spices is run by designer/artist/Japanese toy collector, Shane Haddy. You might remember Shanes name from our chocolate adventures on this blog !

Anyways, Shane had shown me an Eyezon picture an artists named, TOVI had drawn of a kid riding on top of Eyezon … and later a picture of a chubby ( am I that fat ??) Me dancing with Eyezon … hee hee

I told Shane I loved it but wondered to myself what a TOVI was ?!!… Shane soon revealed that TOVI was helping him design a Kaiju … which of course peaked my interests ;-P The initial drawing looked like this..

TOVI says, “Making of Kaiju #1 – So I was asked to sketch what I thought a KAIJU was…. it’s an ugly monster?”

Artist TOVI, as I learned is a Girl and if you follow my tweets (maxtoyco) is, hmmmm, well, very TOVI ;-P ! Ya, that’s a hard one to explain and could fill an entire blog post in itself .. lets just say shes crazy (insane) about Rilakkuma as well !
Anyways you’ll have to follow my tweets !
Well besides her tweets ( _TOVI_ ), she is a really good artist adept at drawing and sculpting .. and self taught on top of that! In fact this was her first time using Sculpey !
As a side note, she does all this while on break from medical school .. ! Amazing …

I have to also say that I was so taken with a piece of art she did of Lady Maxx, I included it ( and others by TOVI ) in the upcoming 5th Anniversary Max Toy shows …! You’ll see soon enough !

So without further ado and in her own words and pictures, Kaiju Barrelmon !!!

Making of Kaiju#2 – first time using sculpey!!! it’s causing skin irritation to my hands though….

Making of Kaiju#3 – but when I baked it, he EXPLODED!!!! wahhh~~~~ how can I save this?!

Making of Kaiju #4 – now adding on the ridges to his belly~~

Making of Kaiju #5 – I has feetses!!!

Making of Kaiju #6 – I decided to incorporate that bulge into the arm… he kinda looks like a mutant egg~~~

Making of Kaiju#7 – now I has handses!!!

Making of Kaiju #8 – Hands up or down??? I don’t know…. :oP

Making of Kaiju #9 – I opted for… hands in the middle~~

Making of Kaiju #10 – heheheheh……ass…… (__!__)

Making of Kaiju #11 – lots of squiggly eyes!

Making of Kaiju #12 – I stuck on the first eye…. kinda reminds me of that one-eyed alien in Commander Keen games…

Making of Kaiju #13 – The eyes were a b*tch to put on… they kept on falling off in the oven!!!

Making of Kaiju #14 – making the warts/pimples…I think I rolled about 50 of these~~ (@_@)

Making of Kaiju#15 – each of these pimples had to be sanded down and then individually stuck on…

Making of Kaiju #16 – FINISHED PRODUCT!!! After fixing and rounding off all the pimples, the kaiju is complete!

I have to say I love this new cute Kaiju and look forward to adding it to my collection !

The next step will be to replicate this Kaiju .. I’ll show that process soon…

While a web site is being developed for Hints and Spices, you can follow Shane via Twitter : hintsandspices or simply send him an email to get on a news/updates list here : Shane.Haddy@gmail.com

I’ve gotten a sneak at some upcoming projects from Hints and Spices and artist TOVI and I’m excited by what I’ve learned … !

To be honest, both Shane and TOVI are out side of what i would call the normal Kaiju circles .. and for me this is what leads to a charm and freshness to their view points.
I’m almost sad that I have to show their work .. because now everyone will know !!! My hope is that they continue to develop projects with their own view points about what they think Kaiju can be but also the great sense of Fun and Adventure they bring to Barrelmon and beyond !

So, help support their efforts and i will post more info about ordering Barrelmon soon !

Kaiju From Australia is coming !!!


pictures courtesy of TOVI – http://twitpic.com/photos/_TOVI_ and Hints and Spices.

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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