Action Figure Creator NIGO Interview

Meet NIGO, the man behind the Beastie Boys action figures

Interviewer:What's your deal?
NIGO:My name is NIGO, I'm 30 years old, from Tokyo. I started my clothing line namedA Bathing Ape in 1993 with my friend SKATE THING. And we started our toys section,Ape Play, and music label Ape Sounds in 1999. I released my own album, Ape Sounds,in 1999 which featured Ben Lee, Money Mark, Cornelius, U.N.K.L.E. and more. I willrelease a hip hop album featuring Biz Markie, Rakim, Beatnuts, GZA, and Flava Flav.And oh yes, Mario C remixed the tracks for the Ape Sounds remix album.
Interviewer:What other figures have you made?
NIGO:Futura 2000, U.N.K.L.E., SDP (A Japanese rap group) and Planet of the Apes figures, and myself.
Interviewer:How long does it take to make one set?
NIGO:Usually it takes 6 months or a year. But it took 2 years to make Beastie Boys action figures.
Interviewer:How many sets of the Beasties figures were made?
NIGO:1,000 sets.
Interviewer:How are the heads made, especially the incredibly accurate faces?
NIGO:I asked Hama Hayao who is famous molding artist to make the face. He is so great.We took pictures of the Beastie Boys' heads from every side, 360 degrees, as thedata for the dolls. I lost the pictures though.
Interviewer:Do you make the clothes or does someone else?
NIGO:Yes. All clothing was made by A Bathing Ape. I made whole thing exceptface and body.
Interviewer:How did you decide on the outfits that they would come with?
NIGO:I tried to reproduce Hello Nasty album jacket for the action figures. And about the extraQuasar outfit, I and my friend Matt Takei had helped to find their uniforms in Tokyo whenthey had come to Tokyo for the Quasar tour. And I also helped to make their stickers toarrange the outfit with Beastie Boys' direction. And Beastie Boys gave us their guitarsas our friendship.
Interviewer:Is it safe to take them into the bathtub?
The exclusive Beastie Boys action figures, which will be sold on around May fora price of probably over $500

Nigo - the man behind the Beastie Boys action figures - also has his own set