Money Mark Merchandise
Money Mark, aka Mark Ramos-Nishita, was signed to Mo' Wax Records and released music on the label from 1995-1998. Mo' Wax created several merchandise pieces based on Mark and his album artwork.
Money Mark Vinyl Killer
The Money Mark Vinyl Killer was released in Japan in 1998 as part of the Maybe I'm Dead blue vinyl promo to promote Money Mark's Push The Button album which released in Japan in April 1998. The exact date of this promo's release is unknown, but an English Mo' Wax test pressing was created in April 1998 so presumably the Japanese edition was released afterwards.
The packaging included stickers and a blue box for the vinyl killer, alongside the blue vinyl record. The illustrations on the box were created by Teppel Makl, while the vinyl killer was produced by Vacuum Records in Japan.
Reportedly only 500 of the Money Mark vinyl killers were made, with only 75 of the Maybe I'm Dead promo's created by Mo' Wax Japan and Toy's Factory.
Beastiemania describes the Vinyl Killer itself as "A small Volkswagen van that drives around on your records and plays them. Yep it's true! They are one of the coolest inventions to come out of Japan. All it needs is a 9 volt battery (the small square ones). You place the van on your record and the stylus (record needle) on the bottom picks up the sound and plays it through the speaker on the roof. The dimensions are approximately 4.5" (11cm) long, 2" (5cm) wide and 2.5" (6cm) high. They only drive at the one speed (33 RPM) so you can't use it on your 45's. As the name suggests, they're not the best for your records so don't use it to play your mint copy of Pollywog Stew - grab an old disco record instead."
Money Mark Figures
There are two Money Mark figures. The first was released in April 1998, and the second in April 2000. Both are limited to 1000 editions each. In the August 1998 issue of Computer and Video Games, they list the price of the figure as "above £20", and that it is available to purchase from local independent record stores.
In 2001 XOX Mag spoke to Money Mark about the toys:
"It was an idea that Mo'Wax dreamed up. I'm not sure who dreamed it up but it was really only supposed to be a promotional item .... I really think that this person was desperate to make money and decided to manufacture more of them and sell them without my consent." Kurt offers, "I've actually seen the one Money Mark action figure beat the hell outta all the other Beastie Boys figures. And he just did it with eye-contact." Mark responds with, "it wasn't eye contact. It was because my action figure looks nothing like me. It's really pudgy and overweight." We're all laughing at this point. Do his kids have a Money Mark action figure? "No No No. My mom has one. She's proud of it. She has all my gold records and my platinum. My mom's cool."
Money Mark X BAPE T-shirts
Created in partnership with BAPE and Mo' Wax.One T-shirt features artwork from Mark's 1998 album Push The Button, while the other features artwork from the Japan only album Mark On The Mic. They were available to purchase on Money Mark's 1998 Japan tour and at Mo' Wax nights in Japan. The Mark On The Mic t-shirt featured a blank back, with all graphics on the front.