Bandai's "Tower of the Sun" Transforming Robot Gets An Even More Epic Video

posted on 2014-09-02 17:00 EDT by Bamboo Dong

Bandai's bizarre, yet strangely cool, transforming robot toy of Osaka's "Tower of the Sun" monument already had a pretty epic video to go along with it, complete with lasers and a rousing orchestral score, but somehow it's gotten even more epic and ridiculous.

The ads are definitely doing their jobs, because it's making us want to buy one.

This transforming monument stands at approximately 288 mm (about 11.33") tall when fully transformed, and is made from ABS in a die-cast mold. It has three different phases: the traditional tower form, the upright robot form, and the fully operational and weaponized form.

The toy will be released September 27, and will retail for 18,360 yen (about US$180.25) after tax. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon and AmiAmi.

The Tower of the Sun was originally built for the World Fair hosted in Osaka as their Expo '70. The tower originally housed a gallery of artwork that was open to the public during the expo, but closed shortly after the event. In October 2003, the tower was reopened to a total of 1,970 people who had been selected by the Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition. It was then opened on irregular occasions until its re-closing in 2006. Despite this, the tower is scheduled to be reopened to the public this year after the completion of its ongoing renovations.

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