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Bandai To Build an 18 Meter Gundam Statue [Updated]

by dtshyk
Mar 10, 2009 9:17 PM | 65 Comments
Bandai announced that they will build an 18 meter high 1/1 scale statue of Mobile Suit Gundam (RX-78-2) and put it on public view in July in Tokyo. The statue is made of steel frames and FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastics), and has a mobile head part, 50 luminous parts, and 14 mist-shooting devices. This is one of the special projects to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gundam Series.

Image of the statue

Source: Mainichi
Source: GA Graphic

Updated
According to Mainichi Online, the Gundam statue is almost completed.

Picture of the statue

The statue will be put on public view from July 11th - August 31st.

Source: Mainichi

20 of 65 Comments Recent Comments

YAHHHHH!!!!!!
.....wish they'd move on from models

Mar 12, 2009 7:19 PM by panda_general

DaBigD said:
Actually, I'd be surprised if Japan doesn't build a real Gundam in the following years.


^ This. We're going to get invaded by Gundams before we know it. Mark my words.

Mar 12, 2009 5:31 PM by Massaki

they better finish my new toy right away

Mar 12, 2009 2:52 AM by Takuya-kun

freakin awesome if you ask me! can you imagine standing next to that thing, that would be so cool. i wonder how much it took to build that?

Mar 11, 2009 10:54 PM by kage-bunshin

Didn't they already do this with the Zeta Gundam?

Mar 11, 2009 10:51 PM by llxwarbirdxll

I am going to buy it

I just need your money

Mar 11, 2009 10:36 PM by Hamel

it'd better be up when i go to tokyo this summer.

Mar 11, 2009 2:42 PM by Sohei

That just reminds me of something I saw last month.

Rotterdam already has some kind of Gundam statue. Not that big though. Just about 2-3 meters.

Mar 11, 2009 1:11 PM by De-JaY

Sounds like a pretty sick project to me. Would be amazing to see it in real life.

Mar 11, 2009 12:44 PM by eternal_blue

meonlyme775 said:
ji_hyun_jun said:
^Because the U.S. would attack them on the basis that they have WMDs XD.

but yea, they should definitely work on building mobile suits. that'd be pretty neaaat.

If you think about it, mobile suits are like the least efficient design. The only advantage in battle is that you can imagine your movements better because it replicates the human body. I know I'm being a bit too literal with this, but I would much rather fight in something like a jet than a mobile suit (not taking into account the complete awesomeness of a MS, of course. if it were a choice to pilot one, not a fight, then I would pick the MS 10 out of 10 times).
But if you take into account of how Gundams function in G Gundam..

Mar 11, 2009 12:36 PM by CottonCandyLover

Haha nice, nice.

Mar 11, 2009 12:25 PM by Monkey_D_Luffy

.... Japans first step to world domination has begun lol xD

Mar 11, 2009 11:59 AM by Bluesnow

sugoi!!!!

Mar 11, 2009 10:52 AM by Neonghostwolf88

kisami said:


I certainly doubt Japan will develop these war mechas, since they turned pacifists after the war, but Chis and stuff are to be expected.


and aren't they the better for it? it means they are free to invest their energy, time and money into developing other things that benefit mankind as a whole. the pursuit of peace through pacifism is far less expensive and less taxing on the populace.

The point is that I can't see a Gundam, as it is, creating peace. But the whole Gundam world includes more stuff (space colonies being the most urgent atm) and I guess they will be focusing on that.

Mar 11, 2009 10:34 AM by ladyxzeus

I want one too.
But only if its working xD"

Mar 11, 2009 10:27 AM by GREW

Hanpusu said:
kisami said:
meh, why don't they just build a real one....that would really impress us.


They are.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5058011.ece

"Next year dozens of engineers, astrophysicists, doctors, anthropologists, linguists — even town planners — will begin discussing how to convert the science-fiction series Gundam, created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 66, into reality. "

"One aeronautics expert involved in the project said that, as a serious scientist, he can see clearly which parts of Gundam are technically feasible and which are not.



this is very interesting indeed. in the future it will become necessary to move away from earth. Japan has always been known to pursue technologies and ideas that most other countries find trivial, making way for the Japanese to come up with something very practical and useful. while it might be years of not centuries before they come to the point of any Gundam universe setting, the very process could produce some very interesting technologies that would become real world tools used across the globe.

man's desire to fly did not just merely produce an airplane. it produced many more things that do not necessarily have anything to do with flying.

I can see merit in such a pursuit.

I certainly doubt Japan will develop these war mechas, since they turned pacifists after the war, but Chis and stuff are to be expected.


and aren't they the better for it? it means they are free to invest their energy, time and money into developing other things that benefit mankind as a whole. the pursuit of peace through pacifism is far less expensive and less taxing on the populace.

Mar 11, 2009 10:18 AM by kisami

Cool, I want to see it!! Next step is to make it move :p

Mar 11, 2009 9:38 AM by Miertje86

Bah, I can't find some old news about the new college that opened in Japan that is dedicated to develop all the anime technology.

However, while a real Gundam would be awesome-fantastic, it's power as war machine would also be awesome-fantastic. And I don't want to be killed by Gundam. I certainly doubt Japan will develop these war mechas, since they turned pacifists after the war, but Chis and stuff are to be expected.

Mar 11, 2009 8:50 AM by ladyxzeus

Actually, I'd be surprised if Japan doesn't build a real Gundam in the following years.

Mar 11, 2009 8:42 AM by DaBigD

Awesome I'll be able to see it on my next trip to Tokyo then ^^

Mar 11, 2009 8:30 AM by RICEA42991

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