• Age: 50
  • Country: JAPAN

Returning to the BWFC after a multi year absence, Ken Matsuura is back with his eyes on the prize. He is channeling his inner Piccolo this year and he hopes fans will love the time and energy he pours into his work.



How do you feel about participating in the BANPRESTO WORLD FIGURE COLOSSEUM 2018?

I will participate in this competition for the first time in several years and this time is a world one! Since I participated in the very first Banpresto Figure Colosseum, there were a lot of changes and growth which are like how to face sculpting as work, and the way of thinking as a sculptor. So I dared to choose Piccolo which was the same character of the first competition. I would like to express my experience as a sculptor that I am today to my Piccolo as best sculpting.

Of all the art forms, why did you pick sculpting or become a sculptor?

When I was 18 years old, my sculpting which consisted of small scale production model kits from Kaiyodo was commercialized for the first time. At that time, I also wrote a serial article of models for sculpting on a magazine. But it was just like a part time job and it could not be a business. After my graduation, I worked with everything from a garment industry to a display production company for shop windows, exhibitions, and so on. In addition, I was attracted to Evangelion and I restarted creating figures. And then I participated in the Wonder Festival and luckily my work caught the eyes of a person who took care of me in the olden days and I had commissions for my molding. It became a strong foothold and made me become a sculptor as a professional today.

How do you feel about the franchise for which you selected?

I really love Dragon Ball. I love the illustrations and the story as well. It stands the test of time and my daughter also loves it. So personally, I am happy that the manga is the one that we both love.

Tell us the reason why you chose the character you did. (And why did you pose it that way?)

As I stated previously, I would like to embody the coolest Piccolo that I think of today. There are not many Piccolo out there that is expressing the key element of Dragon Ball "the power " and his special attack “Special Beam Cannon” so I thought that pose would be a great opportunity to create one.

What makes your style of sculpting unique?

Expressing the sense of a “burst of power”. That makes my sculpting style stand out.

If you were a Dragon Ball character who would you be? And why?

I would be happy if it was Piccolo. I think that we might have similar personalities.

How do you feel about the other contestants?

Writing the word “enemy”, I read it as “friend” in Japanese. That is what I am hoping for this world competition as the previous one used to be.

Is there anything you like to say to your fans?

I will put my experience and growth which I have gained these past 8 years from my first competition into Piccolo. Please pick it up and take a look. Thank you for your support!