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[Kotaku] Japan Getting "Life-Sized" Standing Gundam

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Finally! To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam anime/manga/toy/video game franchise, an 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) "life size" Gundam statue will be built in Tokyo this July.

Part of the "Mobile Suit Gundam 30th Anniversary Project," the structure in Odaiba's Shiokaze Park will stay up for only two months and be built from fiberglass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame and coated in a layer of awesomeoness. Fifty points on the Gundam statue will emit light, and mist will shoot out of 14 different points on the statue. The 1/1 scale Gundam will boast a moveable head.

This is the largest Gundam statue ever constructed in Japan. In the 1990s, a 33-foot-tall LM312V04 Victory Gundam was constructed. There is also a fan-made 23-foot-tall 1/3 scale MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam in Japan. Though, this isn't the first time a life-sized Gundam has been created.

Back in 2007, a 1/1 scale Gundam was built for Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the foot of Mt. Fuji; however, this statue did not stand upright and was built lying down on the floor.

Staring this July, it will be possible to view the 59-foot-tall Gundam free of charge. No kidding, some folks will just look out their window.

I lawled so hard when I saw this.

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Two questions:

1. Would it be like those 'drive thru' trees, like in California?

2. Will people be able to live in it?

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More info here.

I love the RX-78's design.
They using it to attack America! Jokes. Seems awesome though.
While I am no fan (nor am I an anti-fan just not that into it) of Jap-anime, Gundam and the like, I think this is totally AWESOME!!!

I would LOVE a lifesize statue of Optimus Prime here in the States!!

And before you fanbois jump on me, I know that Transformers was originally of Asian design.
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Well Japan just won at life now.

Lol @ the it's going to attack America thing. Reminded me of Red Alert 3, The Empire of the Rising Sun and it's giant robots.
What next? Life sized metal gear? Life size omega weapon? Life size (insert random mecha/robot/japanese cultural referance)???
... i need to move into it...
The Japanese have a Gundam?! I hope the Brotherhood get Liberty Prime up and running soon!
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only 2 months? while i am by NO means a fan of anime, it seems to me that if they're going to waste the money and time building it, they should leave it up


Originally Posted by mr.derp
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This is just sad.

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In a few years, the Japanese will have a fully functional operating Gundam.

Originally Posted by Daegameth
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The Japanese have a Gundam?! I hope the Brotherhood get Liberty Prime up and running soon!

I'm joining the Jap side if they get Gundams.

I don't care if we/they loose, I get to pilot a Gundam!!!
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i have a question...
since it'll only be up a while...

think they'd mind if i asked for it when they're done with it?

wonder what shipping would be...
omg i so want one in my yard now..... scare the crap out of the air force base next to me with it hehehe.
AWSOME! That is so so kool, Gundam is one of my favorite anime series, especially 00 and wing. I really wish they actually had functional gundams, I'd make it my lifes goal to pilot one!
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