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Japanese man pays almost R250,000 for life-size dog costume to fulfill the dream of turning into an animal

A man in Japan commissioned a company to create a fur suit that would allow him to transform into a border collie.

  • A man in Japan spent $ 15,700 to turn himself into a dog.
  • He got help from a company that makes costumes for television, to create a border collie fur suit.
  • The man is now making YouTube videos wearing the fur suit and frolicking on all fours.
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A Japanese man has spent more than R200,000 to fulfill his dream of turning into a four-legged animal.

The man, currently only known by his Twitter username Toco, spent two million Japanese yen creating a lifelike border collie costume that he could inhabit.

A video that the man shared on Twitter last month has since been viewed over 1.7 million times. The footage shows the man rolling around on the ground in his border collie suit and gesturing towards the camera with his “paw”.

Toco also has a YouTube channel through which he documents excerpts from his life in the fur costume. In the channel’s description, he wrote: “I wanted to be an animal, so I became a collie!”

Videos on the channel include Toco’s “self-introduction.”

There are also videos of Toco, dressed in his costume, trying to play table tennis.

The company behind the furry outfit, Zeppet, posted the details of the costume on his website. Zeppet is known for creating models and film sculptures, primarily for television and film.

“At the request of a customer, we made a model of a dog suit. Modeled after a collie, it reproduces the realistic appearance of a real, four-legged dog,” the company wrote.

Zeppets Twitter account also documented what the final dog suit looked like from several angles.

According to the company, the suit took 40 days to manufacture.

In an interview with Japanese media MyNavi, Toco said he chose a border collie costume because the dog’s long coat would hide the human-like aspects of his figure.

“I made it into a collie because it looks real when I put it on. My favorite animals are four-legged animals, especially cute ones,” Toco said. “So I made a suit out of the collie, my favorite dog breed.”

A representative of Zeppet told MyNavi that the structure of a dog’s skeleton differed significantly from a human’s, which made it time consuming for the company’s designers to figure out how to make the costume as dog-like as possible.

“We collect photographs taken from different angles so that the beautiful fur of a collie can be reproduced, and devise ways to let the fur flow naturally,” the Zeppet spokesman said.

Toco did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.



Japanese man pays almost R250,000 for life-size dog costume to fulfill the dream of turning into an animal

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