Japan has a thing for big robots, and so do we, which is why we had to watch the official unveiling of a life-size recreation of a Gundam over the weekend.
The aforementioned unveiling was for the the Gundam Factory Yokohama, with the project being teased in stages for a few months now. What makes the feat all the more impressive, apart from its scale, is that it was completed with a global pandemic underway.
Along with the 1:1 scale recreation of the first mech in the Mobile Suit Gundam series, the RX-78-2, the event organisers also had the creator of the series, Yoshiyuki Tomino on hand to mark the 40th anniversary of the icon. He also suggested that a life-size replica of a Zaku be made for the 50th anniversary, so maybe we could see the two duke it out?
While travel to Yokohama is not really feasible at the moment, any one interested in Japanese pop culture should look into visiting the Factory once it is safe to do so, with it likely serving as a nice tourist attraction for the port city in future.
This as it being closely situated to Tokyo, means that it often gets forgotten about when it comes to pop culture.
For another angle on the Gundam in action, the video from Twitter embedded below has been speed up to 10x, making it look like the giant mech is indeed moving in real time.
— OTL (小倉崇) 𝙎𝙈𝙄𝙇𝙀𝙍𝙊𝘽𝙊𝙏𝙄𝘾𝙎😁🤖 (@OTL) December 19, 2020