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Japanese man spends $15,700 on dog costume to fulfill his dream of becoming an animal

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To fulfill his dream of turning into an animal, a Japanese man spent 2 million yen (about $15,709) on a realistic border collie costume.

For his costume, the man, Toko, commissioned a Japanese company called Zeppet, which specializes in sculptures and models for films, commercials and entertainment installations as well as costumes and mascots for television. The costume reportedly took 40 days to create. Toko also underwent several rounds of revisions, including reunions and fittings for the costume.

In a interview with MynaviToko explained that he chose a border collie costume because long hair can “mislead the human figure”.

“I made a collie out of it because it looks real when I put it on. My favorite is the quadruped animals, especially the cuter ones. Among them, I thought a big animal near me would be well, considering it would be a realistic model, so I decided to make a dog out of it,” Toko said. “I encountered such a condition and made collie, my favorite breed of dog.”

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A Zeppet employee said creating the costume was difficult because it took a long time to study how the dog’s silhouette could match a human figure.

“The fact is that the skeleton of a dog can be reproduced on the skeleton of a human. Since the structure of the skeleton is very different, we spent a lot of time studying how to make it look like a ‘dog’,” the employee told Mynavi. “Additionally, we collect photographs taken from different angles so that the collie’s beautiful coat can be reproduced and designed in such a way that the coat flows naturally.”

Toko posted a video on his YouTube channel on April 12 where he tries on the border collie costume and transforms into a dog, doing dog-like moves. He can be seen waving his “paw” in the air and dropping to the side like a real dog would.

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Dog lover too posted several pictures on his @toco_eevee Twitter page, where he captioned that he was “able to fulfill my dream of becoming an animal!”

The tweet has received over 18,000 retweets and 55,000 likes since it was uploaded on April 11.

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