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Gundam Statue Being Erected in Tokyo: Why Can’T Stuff Like This Happen Where I Live?

by Lambert Varias
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A 1:1 scale Gundam statue is being built in Tokyo as part of the Japanese government’s quest to acquire a monopoly of geeks to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the world famous anime series. The Mainichi Daily News has pictures from the construction site in Shiokaze Park.

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The statue is a life-size model of the RX-78-2 Gundam that appeared in the very first Gundam series, a model from which most successive Gundam designs get their iconic samurai-style appearance.

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The Gundam statue is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame. It will be 59 feet tall and weigh 35 tons when finished, and will “emit light or mist from 50 points of its body.”

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The statue will also be able to move its head, so that it can shake it in disbelief at the undoubtedly millions of otakus, fans, and devotees that will come bearing offerings, hugging it and crying at its feet, some claiming to be its long-lost children.

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I hope to be one of those drooling man-children. I absolutely really truly must go and see this Gundam. Really.

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The statue will be displayed in public from July 11 to August 31, free of charge. Mark your calendars, fellow mecha freaks.

[via robots dreams and anime news network]

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Comments (4):

  1. Nyroro~n says:

    I don’t even watch gundam but this would be really cool to see

  2. KeyofTwilight says:

    Please do a follow up when it is completed so we can see :D

  3. GundamFish says:

    Wait… It’s only going to up for how long?
    And how much will this cost? >.>
    Seems kind of pointless.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m as hardcore as any Gundam fan, but that’s hardly enough time for me to spend my life savings just to get a trip to japan and hug and cry at it’s feet.

  4. lambert v. says:

    @Nyororo~n and KeyofTwilight: I’ll see if I can visit the statue this august :D

    @GundamFish: I’m in the Philippines so it’s not that much of a hassle for me.:D But you’re right, even if Japan’s not that far from here the plane tickets and other expenses will still cost me a significant amount of money. But I still think it’ll be worth it.:D

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