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Life-Size Gundam's 5-Week Build Shown in 6 Minutes

posted on by Egan Loo
Statue largely complete at Tokyo's Odaiba island before grand opening on April 19

In a video posted on Monday, self-described "Gundam videographer" darwinfish compressed five weeks of construction on the 1/1-scale Gundam statue at Odaiba into six minutes of time-lapse footage. The videographer also posted a long shot of the statue from Yurikamome, the train that takes the scenic route to the artificial island. (The Gundam comes into view just below the Ferris wheel.)

The statue is being rebuilt at Diver City Tokyo, a complex under construction on the island by Mitsui Fudosan and Fuji TV. The grand opening is slated for April 19, but the mostly complete statue can already be seen from afar. 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 videographer has posted several other videos chronicling the reconstruction of the Gundam since construction began.

Update: The videographer also posted a video of the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower being lit-up:

follow-up of Life-Size Gundam's Final Touches Shot in Time-Lapse
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