Finally! Almost! Japan’s latest one-to-one scale Mobile Suit Gundam statue is nearly finished.
This latest giant Gundam has gone up near Yokohama’s Chinatown in the Yamashita Futo harbour in a special area that will be called The Gundam Factory. Previously, we checked in on the statue in early June. It was coming along great.
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Shinto priests blessed the giant Gundam’s head, which was recently docked on the 17.98 m statue.
According to Spice, engineers will now fine-tune the giant Gundam’s motion.
As Kotaku reported before, what makes this particular giant Gundam interesting is the degree to which it moves. There were tests, it seems, to check the statue’s mobility, which resulted in this excellent image.
Gundam says, "F you 2020." https://t.co/0MwwMNu0bY
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Gundam Factory Yokohama was originally scheduled to open this October, but this has been postponed due to the global pandemic out of safety concerns for staff and visitors.
“We apologise to all of our fans who were looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding,” reads a notice on the official site. “In the meantime, we will be making preparations so that all of our visitors can enjoy themselves in safety.”