Monday, March 2, 2015

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan

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Have you ever been to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba, Japan?

It is there where the mobile suit Gundam 1/1 RX-78-2 Ver. GFT stands. JapanTravel.com stated that this life sized statue is being lit up from 5PM to 11PM everyday, with steams coming out from its chest exhausts. at 7:30PM, 8:30PM and 9:30PM daily, the 11-minute video called Gundam Stand at Jaburo features the Gundam displaying some skills against the 105x37 feet backdrop projected on the DiverCity Tokyo wall behind the Gundam.

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps
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Short History (Source)

July 2009
The RX-78-2 Gundam Life-size (1:1 Scale) Statue first stood in Shiokase Park in Odaiba Island for the 30th Anniversary of the Gundam Series.

September 2009
It was taken down due to maintenance cost

July 2010 - March 2011
The statue has been re-erected (and it is then holding a beam saber) in the city of Shizuoka - the home of Bandai's plastic model factories.

August 2011
The statue has been returned to Tokyo in disassembled parts as a charity drive from fans after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster.

April 2012
RX 78-2 was finally rebuilt in front of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Mall.

Since I haven't been to this place, I can only screen-grabbed a few images from Google Maps. But if you'd like to see some zoomed images which displayed very detailed Gundam photos, you can visit FabriceRequin's blog post or Muza-chan's Gate to Japan's post.

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

When time and budget permits, I will definitely visit this awesome place!

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

RX 78-2 Gundam Life Size Statue in Odaiba, Japan - image from Google Maps

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