This new attraction is a must see one!
Tokyo’s new Gundam statue has made its official debut, and to make things so much better especially for Gundam fanatics, the new robotic statue is even bigger than the old one!
Based on the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (from Gundam Unicorn, the most recent Gundam anime set within the franchise’s original Universal Century timeline), the 1:1-scale replica is 19.7 meters (64.6 feet) tall, 1.7 meters taller than its predecessor statue of the old-school RX-78-2 Gundam.
Sooo hugeee right!!
The previous statue was also huge, but if you’ve seen both in person the extra size of the Unicorn is definitely noticeable.
Gundam Unicorn was a lavish production that began in 2010, and having computer graphics as a visual option lets the RX-0 have a much more complex form.
The statue is an incredibly faithful reproduction, and includes the pulsating pink lights that are visible when the mecha is in its Destroy Mode.
Around back, the robot’s thruster units are also illuminated.
However, as fans know, Destroy Mode is only one of the Unicorn Gundam’s configurations. The other is Unicorn Mode (which features a single horn-like protrusion from the robot’ head), and so multiple times a day the statue transforms between the two modes.
The transformation happens daily at 11 in the morning and 1, 3, and 5 in the afternoon, with the statue starting and ending the day in Destroy Mode.
Jump to the 45-second mark in the video below to see the transformation.
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While the transformation is a cool moment to see, that’s really all it is: a moment, as the armor plates quickly slide around to complete the change in about 10 seconds.
Still, both modes have their own special visual appeal, so the thing to do is show up, snap some pictures, than go grab a bit to eat at the adjacent Diver City entertainment complex (or check out its brand new Gundam Base Tokyo model showroom and shop inside), then come back and get some more snapshots following the transformation.
But whether you make a day out of it or simply stop by to say a quick hi to Tokyo’s new robotic resident, the Unicorn Gundam is an awesome sight to behold, and definitely worth a visit when you’re in Tokyo.
The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue / 実物大ユニコーンガンダム立像
Located at: Diver City / ダイバーシティ
Address: Tokyo-to, Koto-ku, Aomi 1-1-10
Source: https://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/09/25/tokyos-new-giant-gundam-anime-robot-statue-is-complete-and-its-awesome%e3%80%90photos%e3%80%91/ & Photos ©SoraNews24