But I’ll get back to this concept… it was over a year ago the idea of Lady Maxx was put into motion. I’d been thinking about adding a Anime type girl to the Captain Maxx universe but what form she should take was the tricky part. Of course, all that was needed was to tell Yo the basic idea and the gears were in motion ! He knew exactly the sculptor to approach, none other than Yoshihiko Makino of TTToys, who previously had sculpted the mini Kaiju Eyezon for me.
My first reaction was, but can he do a cute girl sculpt ? To which the following sketch was sent to me ! Yowza !
The first thing that impressed me was the over all styling … not super deformed but still cute or kawaii 😉 and, Makino-san hit it perfect in the design of the uniform .. taking elements of Captain Maxx, but re-designing them.. dare I say .. making them more sexy ?!!
I quickly gave the thumbs up to this sketch with no revisions and away he went.
My first glimpse at Lady Maxx in dimensional form was the raw sculpt. Even though it was not finished I could tell this was going to be a home run !
But as I held the figure i could tell the size was larger than the mini Captain Maxx we had already made… hmmmmm… it was at this point Lady Maxx was to be the big sister of Captain Maxx … and NOT the girlfriend ! HaHa !
here’s Lady Maxx next to Captain Maxx mini figures.
The one concern at this stage was that to make this a proper Anime type figure the other component would be the paint masks needed. Basically as you look at the original drawing, each piece of the costume needs it’s own paint mask, so the eye lenses, the mouth, the hair, the studs, etc …and most importantly the human eyes !
During this time I started researching, as i like to say, Anime girl statues and although most do not appeal to me I did find that I liked ones based on the Japanese illustrator Shunya Yamashita. The appeal for me were the pose and the eyes. I was told for Lady Maxx there would need to be many masks and at least 4-5 for the eyes alone.
In the end, I was brought kicking and screaming into the mask making process. We ended up with over 15+ separate masks .. that cost in the thousands (!) much to my dismay. A gamble I thought .. first off Max Toys is not known for their girl figures and how would my current fan base react to this new direction ?
After what seemed like months of waiting .. finally I had the figure in my hand, and fully painted … OMG .. as the young folks say !
Its pure Japanese craftsmanship.
I literally I had a Zen moment as I held the figure in my hands and turned it around. All sounds and sensations were suspended … as I just kept staring at her.
I smiled to myself… Pure Perfection !
I thought about each step of the way, sculpt, iron molds, vinyl casting, paint masks, painting of the figure … all handled with years of experience and tradition in Japan.
This is why I’ve spent years researching and cultivating relationships in the Japanese toy world …
The result is Lady Maxx !!!
Here’s a brief back story on Lady Maxx:
First appearing in the now lost, 7th episode of the Captain Maxx Japanese television series, big sister Lady Maxx appears and saves little brother Captain Maxx from the clutches of Kaiju Eyezon and Alien Argus !
Lady Maxx uses her Blade Of Light to dispatch her enemies and shows no mercy.
Lady Maxx is confident and stead fast in her belief that the Good Light will triumph over the Dark Evil of Alien Xam and his many Kaiju and Seijin !
So far we’ve released the following figures starting with this unpainted Neon Pink Lady Maxx:
Followed by this clear Pink Lady Maxx:
For the recent Max toy 5th Anniversary shows in Japan and the US
we released 3 figures.
For Japan only this one :
and for the USA only:
Not to mention a few customs or one-of-a-kind Lady Maxx figures I’ve painted like these:
Finally, the latest version, painted Pink Lady Maxx will be up for sale via the Max Toy web store this Friday, May 13, 2011 – www.maxtoyco.com
I have to say the Lady Maxx project has been so much fun and I’m glad that she has been accepted by old and new fans alike ! Oh we’re not done .. already we have something special in the works for Lady Maxx .. I can’t say just yet but if all goes well by the Fall we will reveal more details 😉