Japan’s newest life-size Gundam statue is almost ready

No matter how often a new Gundam statue is posted in Japan, it is always a sight to behold. This week was no different as workers attached the head of the RX-93FF V to his body as a crowd of spectators and journalists came to watch the spectacle.

The one-on-one recreation is a riff on Amuro Ray’s Nu Gundam from 1988’s Char’s Counterattack. It stands 81.3 meters high and is located opposite the LaLaport shopping center in Fukuoka, the most populous city on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was involved in the design of the statue, including the new tricolor color scheme that adorns it.

It is not the first one-to-one-scale Gundam statue to be placed in Japan. The one that most people probably know about is the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam which stands in the Odaiba neighborhood of Tokyo. It was a common sight during the 2020 Summer Olympics and the source of many a geek faux pas during the event. Just ask BBC and this guy.

According to The Mainichi, the workers have yet to put the finishing touches on the Gundam before it is ready sometime in late February. Hopefully the pandemic will ease by then so that there is a possibility that people outside of Japan can visit.

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