The 18-meter life-size moving RX-78-2 Gundam will finally open in December 19, 2020. And now, the Gundam Factory Yokohama organisers have finally unveiled the giant robot to members of the Japanese media last November 30. Oricon released a video as legendary RX-78-2, the original Gundam itself, took several steps out of its cage:
This new statue is considered a cultural attraction, with more than 20 moving parts. The Bandai Namco group built it to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise. Fans can find the moving giant robot at the Yamashita Pier’s Gundam Factory Yokohama complex in Yokohama, Japan.
Visitors can get a better view of the Gundam from the Gundam-Dock Tower, which is as tall as the Gundam itself at 18 metres. And according to the complex’s operator, Evolving G Corp, the Gundam will take different poses every 30 minutes. They also confirmed that like the previous non-moving RX-78-2 statue, as well as the current Unicorn Gundam statue in Yokohama, it will also light up every evening.
The life-size moving Gundam will include a hanger, as well as a “Gundam Lab” where people can learn the mechanisms of its movement. They are also launching the “GUNDAM Cafe YOKOHAMA Satellite”. The “Gundam Lab” will also ” simulate sitting inside the cockpit of the 25-ton mobile suit.”
As for the Gundam Factory itself, they originally planned to open it back in October. Unfortunately, the pandemic broke out in Japan and they had to postpone it to December 19. It will be open until March 31, 2022.
Admission fees cost ¥1,650 for visitors age 13 years old or older, ¥1,100 for visitors aged 7 to 12, and free for those 6 or younger if accompanied by a paying adult. Entering the observation decks will also cost an additional ¥3,300 per guest.
This is all part of the Gundam Global Challenge, which they launched back in 2014 to celebrate Gundam’s 40th anniversary. One of the aims of the project is to produce an actual moving Gundam. And from the looks of things, they are achieving that goal.
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Source: The Japan Times