44-year-old designer has been a big fan of the manga since he was in third grade
As one of the 15th anniversary items for its "Portrait.Of.Pirates One Piece" figure line, MegaHouse has
listed a 110mm-tall pre-painted figure of Tony Tony Chopper newly designed by Ryo Taniguchi, who is
best known as the designer of the two mascot characters for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic and
Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Miraitowa and Someity. Taniguchi, now 44, has been a big fan
of the manga since he was in third grade at elementary school and is still reading it every week.
The item is inspired by Taniguchi's illustration of Chopper sitting on a pancake and wearing a hat with
his favorite sweets, macarons and cream. Its price is 5,756 yen (about 53 US dollars), and its scheduled
shipping date is late May of 2019. Pre-orders will be received exclusively on MegaHouse's MegaTrea Shop,
Premium Bandai, Jump Characters Store, Toei Animation Online Store, and Mugiwara Store from 13:00
on January 11 (JST).
Taniguchi's original illustration
Source: Premium Bandai press release
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