New Time-Lapse Video Shows Life-Size Gundam in Motion

posted on 2012-04-09 15:45 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Grand opening of reconstructed statue to be held on April 19

The self-described "Gundam videographer" darwinfish posted two time-lapse videos of the 1/1-scale Gundam statue at Odaiba on Saturday and Sunday. The first video shows the statue's head in motion during a production test, and the second video shows the statue against the backdrop of blooming flowers.

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, the same day that the miniature theme park called Gundam Front Tokyo at Diver City Tokyo opens. 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 2010 to March 2011. 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 same videographer has posted several other videos chronicling the reconstruction of the Gundam since construction began.

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