Japan’s Pingu 40th Anniversary Exhibition Heads to Sapporo

25.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu which first hit the air in 1980. Japan has been celebrating the milestone with the Pingu Exhibition, and now it’s heading to Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido where it will run from April 23 to May 30.

 

Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Until last year’s exhibition, many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.

 

There is a Pingu Market at the exhibition where fans of the noot-nooting penguin can get their hands on a range of exclusive items, pre-orders, and more. The exhibition also sees the return of the popular Pingu Egg capsule toy which has a mini Pingu figure inside.

 

Pingu Market Exclusive Merchandise

The market shelves are lined with limited-edition exclusives, pre-orders, items made in collaboration with popular brands, and more. Please note that a ticket to the exhibition is required to enter the shop.

 

Pingu Egg (5 Possible Prizes) | ¥300 Per Turn (Tax Included)

Have a turn at the capsule toy gacha where the figure you receive in your Pingu Egg is completely random. Each comes with an accessory.

 

Pingu 40th Figure (Robby) | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)

The Robby figure captures a scene taken from the 7th episode of the Pingu series titled Hide and Seek in English. Only 100 of these figures are available to buy and is limited to one per person.

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    *Visuals are of an exhibition still in development

    *Visuals are of an exhibition still in development

     

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    *Visuals are of an exhibition still in development

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