Japan is home to robots, including the Gundam which was popularized through TV series in 1979. Therefore, Japan plans to build a Gundam statue as high as 18 meters or 59 feet in Yokohama. Not only high, the latest project for making Gundam also allows the statue to move.
Announced at a press conference, this project called the Yokohama Gundam Factory was created in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gundam. Reporting from Techspot, the statue will be erected at Yamashita Pier in Yokohama and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2020, right at the holding of the Tokyo Olympics.
This new Gundam statue will be the third one built in Japan. The first Gundam statue was made by Century Universal and was given the name RX-78-2 which was built to celebrate the Gundam’s 30th birthday. The statue was completed on June 9, 2009 and placed in Tokyo Park and then moved to Odaiba.
The second Gundam statue was announced on March 5, 2017, to replace the RX-78-2. The replacement is named RX 0 Unicorn and has a double moving panel that allows the statue to change from a unicorn to another mode. The third Gundam statue is likely to display more movement variations.