The Madness exhibition by Ron English and Mario Maurer, arguably Thailand’s most popular young male actor, marked the beginning of Thailand Toy Expo’s collecting frenzy. Tuesday’s (4.28) VIP grand opening event on the top floor of CentralWorld, the expo venue, featured the debut of the new Mario Grin figure produced by MINDstyle. Created as a collaboration with the movie star, the new toy is the latest in English’s Grin series, named after the toys’ immediately recognizable skeletal smile.
Billed as “Where Art Meets Play”, the exhibition blurs the lines between the two with life-size versions of Mario Grin as well as several of Ron’s other characters including Fat Tony and MC Supersize presented alongside striking walls featuring his pioneering Popaganda art from floor to ceiling. The crossover collaboration drew a huge a crowd to the Sky Lobby, eager for the first chance to purchase the figure and to meet both Maurer and English. Madness and the Hikari: Creatures of Light exhibition share the same atmospheric space, two in one. If you’re in Bangkok, drop by through Sunday (5.3).