The 2-meter-tall “Hetare Gundam” in Fukushima Prefecture is one of those knock-offs of the life-size RX-78-2 Gundam that became quite infamous. Unfortunately, several people found its real location and vandalized it. Add in some natural weathering, and the knock-off Gundam statue looked a lot worse than it originally was. Somebody even stole its beam rifle!
The “Hetare Gundam” literally means “Loser Gundam” in English. However, the local residents in Hirashi District where its found have a soft spot for it. Many residents were dismayed when people vandalized it and stole its beam rifle too. The district mayor even reported the theft to the police. Fortunately, it looks like the Hetare Gundam has an unknown benefactor…
As it turns out, the unknown benefactor donated a bazooka prop for the goofy knock-off Gundam. It is made of plastic bottles, duct tape, blood, sweat, and tears, and the local residents of Hirashi District were more than happy to accept. The mayor even expressed his gratitude. And it seems that the statue has been repainted as well.
There’s still no news about the stolen beam rifle though, but local Fukushima police are on the case officially. For now, the Hetare Gundam acts as a tourist spot of sorts. It was built by an amateur artist who unfortunately passed away a year after it was built. But rest assured that the statue does have its fans, including the residents of Fukushima.
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