Spores Network announces a partnership to release Kow Yokoyama’s Maschinen Krieger(Ma.K) as an NFT collection

Partnership Announcement

Spores Network
3 min readNov 5, 2021


In a partnership between the world’s leading blockchain-based collectibles marketplace and one of the most influential Japanese mecha designers, Spores Network is proud to announce that it will be producing Maschinen Krieger in an upcoming NFT collection. Some of the proceeds from the sales will support Yokoyama’s creative endeavors and contributions to this exciting new medium.

“It’s an incredible honor that Sensei Yokoyama has trusted us to have Spores bring his Ma.K vision to the NFT world. We are going to bring his legions of fans into our metaverse as well as bring the crypto community into his vision,” enthused Spores Network Chairman Duc Luu.

“I am excited to bring my work to a new digital-first audience, but I am not interested in simply reproducing my designs as collectibles,” said Yokoyama when asked about the collaboration. “I want to explore how we might blend interactive design with a physical product. It’s an exciting new frontier for me. I am also grateful for Spores’ support of my foundation to inspire and guide a new generation of artists working both in physical and digital art.”

“I am honored that Kow would consider working with us on Maschinen Krieger, and I was delighted to see how excited he originally was for the idea,” enthused Spores Network Chief Content Officer Allen Dam.

The Kow Yokoyama/Spores project was produced by Rick Privman and Yumiko Miyano.

About Kow Yokoyama

Kow Yokoyama (Born June 15, 1956, in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka) is one of Japan’s most influential illustrators and modeling artists. He graduated from Musashino Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Japanese Painting.

Yokoyama’s designs, notably plastic models and special effects, have been conceived and developed since his childhood. He was known for his in-depth experience in various fields, such as models, toys, video works, mechanics design of game software, and character design.

Many of his works have been released worldwide, which have gained him a solid fanbase in numerous countries and have inspired generations of artists.

Yokoyama is also known as the creator of the “Japan Science Fiction Award” prize sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Club of Japan and the Atom Statue of the “Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award.”

His masterpiece “Maschinen Krieger” has been praised by model fans for nearly 40 years, as the collection was developed on three-dimensional modeling and illustrations of himself.

About Spores

Spores Network founders believe that crypto will lead to decentralization of ownership and frictionless redistribution of capital. Their mission is to create an NFT ecosystem that is creator-centric, community-driven, frictionless, and borderless. To that end, Spores has built a cross-chain DeFi-powered NFT marketplace defining decentralized pop culture, sharing NFT content across gaming, esports, animation/anime, digital fine arts, music, and film/TV. Spores co-founders include Duc Luu (Nasdaq IPOed serial entrepreneur ), Eric Hung Nguyen (former senior investment analyst at a top-10-worldwide hedge fund), and a diverse team of advisors across blockchain and entertainment.

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