Looks like next year will be a big year for Gundam fans in China. As previously reported, Sunrise is erecting a life-size model of the Freedom Gundam from Gundam SEED in Shanghai. Now, they finally revealed where it will debut, and they will set it up at the Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Jinqiao. They also revealed that the life-size model will debut sometime in 2021.
They announced the life-size Freedom Gundam during the Gundam G Meeting 2020 livestream event, which was also part of the Gundam China Project. This new life-size Gundam statue will measure in at around 18.03 metres in height.
The decision to use the Freedom Gundam as the Gundam to go up in China has raised a lot of eyebrows though. Fans online have pointed out that while the Freedom Gundam is going up in China, the country itself has been suppressing the freedoms of its own people, from the clamping down of the Hong Kong protests to the treatment of Uighurs.
As for the life-size moving RX-78-2 Gundam, its construction is already ongoing in Yokohama. Sunrise was planning to unveil the moving Gundam, but the COVID-19 global pandemic forced its builders to delay its construction.
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