Life-Size Gundam Shot on Video Before Scheduled Area Cordoning
posted on by Egan Loo
In a new video posted on Sunday, self-described "Gundam videographer" darwinfish recorded time-lapse footage of the 1/1-scale Gundam statue at Odaiba during the January 28-29 weekend. The videographer notes that the area surrounding the statue will be cordoned off for construction work from January 31 to March 30, so this is the last video he can shoot from this relatively close to the statue, at least for the next two months.
The statue is being rebuilt at Diver City Tokyo, a complex that is also 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.