1/1-Scale 'Life-Size' Gundam to Rise Again in Tokyo
posted on 2011-11-24 02:00 EST by Egan Loo
The executive committee for the Tokyo Gundam Project confirmed on Thursday that the 18-meter-tall (about 59-feet-tall) life-size Gundam statue is returning to Tokyo's Odaiba island next spring after almost three years away. The statue is being rebuilt at Diver City Tokyo, a complex under construction on the island by Mitsui Fudosan and Fuji TV.
The life-size statue first stood at Odaiba in July of 2009 and attracted 4.15 million visitors before it closed the following month. The statue rose again in Shizuoka — the self-described "model capital of the world" and the home of Bandai's plastic model factories — from July of last year to March of this year. The statue did return to Tokyo in August — in disassembled parts — as a charity drive after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster.
The self-described "Gundam videographer" known as darwinfish already shot time-lapse footage of the Gundam statue being rebuilt at Odaiba:
Image © Sotsu, Sunrise
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