Yuta Fuke first fell in love with sculpting as a kid from being a fan of building plastic models. His chosen character this competition holds a special place in his heart as a fan of One Piece – and that unique attachment might be what puts his work ahead of his competitors during this year’s event.
It is a honor to participate in this year's Banpresto World Figure Colosseum. I believe that work reflects the sculptor’s feelings. So I would like to try to enjoy sculpting as much as I can and hopefully, my work will show you my excitement. I always try to express myself differently so I will make Don Krieg different from the usual one this time, too. I would like to have fun in the “One Piece World,” which has endless possibilities.
When I was a middle school student, I started liking Gundam plastic models because of a models magazine. I gradually found the job “model sculptor” which lets me create favorite characters from scratch. I saw many attractive character figures and I looked up to someone who is also a sculptor. Little by little, my feelings changed to being serious about it, and I aspired to becoming a sculptor.
The reason I came to like One Piece was my older brother. In the past, he watched it and I joined him. The scene we watched was “Luffy vs Don Krieg”. I chose Don Krieg for BWFC so I think it all started from that time. I still remember the horror I felt for Luffy when I watched it for the first time because he never gives up and keep fighting even though he was under attack. After I became a sculptor, I worked for One Piece for many years and I think I made their characters the most. My work in sculpting One Piece characters made my skill and ideas improve through trial and error. I get a lot of memories when I look back on my past work.
Don Krieg is the first Boss Character from when I first watched One Piece, so he is special to me. Also, I thought he would match with my ideas better than the other characters at this time, so I chose him. Don Krieg lost the fight with Luffy but he never loses in terms of not giving up. He is such an unreasonable boss though… The BWFC was a good chance for me to make Don Krieg!
I thought it would be interesting if I added some essences of cartoons to One Piece because the atmosphere of those are similar. I am trying to make it with exaggerated expression for the limbs and weapons, his comical facial expression, and the powerfulness which looks as if it is going to pop out. I hope you will like it.
Long time ago I answered Usopp, but there is something that doesn’t feel right about that now. Recently, I feel like I don’t have much energy and I am weak so I would say Kaya at this time… Older man version… I want to gain muscle to continue to work hard.
Japanese sculptors are talented members and they are invincible so I am just scared, but also excited about their sculpting! I saw the other foreign sculptor’s usual work and I am also scared but excited too.
I always have different styles so I don’t know if I have a style of work which can get fans. I would be happy if you enjoy my work, especially my approach to Don Krieg. Thank you for your support!