JAPAN///NEWS///GIANT GUNDAM STATUE TO TOWER OVER TOKYO THIS SUMMER

April 8, 2009  |  art, Cool Shit, Japan, News

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A 59-foot-tall "life-size" statue of  the legendary GUNDAM robot is scheduled be built at Shiokaze Park on Tokyo's artificial Odaiba island this July as part of BANDAI’s "Mobile Suit Gundam 30th Anniversary Project." The statue will be a perfectly accurate rendition of the original RX-78-2 Gundam model from the 1979 anime series constructed of fiberglass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame. In an effort to awe children and induce heart attacks in the elderly, the robot will feature an automated moving head unit, and a body that emits light at 50 individual points and shoots mist from 14 different orifices. Following last week’s missile launch over the island nation by North Korea, Japanese officials are reportedly in talks with Bandi’s top brass to dispatch the fighting robot to the hermit kingdom to grapple with Kim Jong Il on his home turf. Not to be outdone, US officials are said to be considering outfitting the statue of Lincoln in DC with his own battle suit and steaming light show…

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The forthcoming life sized Gundam in "light show" mode...

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The slightly less imposing bronze Gundam statue outside Shinjuku's Kamiigusa Station in Tokyo proves Japan's distaste for presidential statuary...

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