The Anime News Network is reporting that a huge 59 foot tall Gundam is being constructed. It is going to reside on Tokyo’s Odaiba Island, and is scheduled to be finished in July.
The official website for the 30th anniversary of Sunrise’s Gundam robot anime franchise has announced on Wednesday that an 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall), “life-size” statue of the title robot will be built at Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba island this July. The website proclaims that as part of the “Mobile Suit Gundam 30th Anniversary Project,” “Gundam will rise from the ground.” The “Real na Gundam” statue of the RX-78-2 Gundam model from the first anime series (1979) will be built at Odaiba’s Shiokaze Park at the beginning of July.
The statue will be free for viewing, but it will only stay up for two months. It will be built with fiberglass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame so it can be disassembled later. The head unit will move and the body will have 50 points that will emit light. Mist can shoot forth from 14 locations on the body. The park is just four trains stops from Tokyo Big Sight, the home of the Comic Market dōjinshi convention and the Gundam Big Expo convention that will be held from August 21 to August 23. Bandai Namco Group is still determining what to do with the statue after its allotted two months in the park are over.
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