The Full scale 18 meter tall, 35 ton RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba, Tokyo Japan took very little time to be built and was completed long before it was official unveiled On July 11th. The crowds were already gathering when only the legs were up and not surprisingly Shiokaze Park is now overrun with Gundam fans traveling from all over Japan to take a look at the giant robot and take part in the celebrations surrounding 30 years of Gundam.
RX-78-2 Gundam with lights and smoke effect – photo by hiyang
Some people weren’t even fans of Gundam decided to go to see the giant robot that they were seeing on TV and that everyone was talking about. The word “Gundam” is a combination of the word “gun” with the last syllable of the word “freedom” to form the name “Gundom” which was eventually changed by series animator Yoshiyuki Tomino to “GUNDAM”. Take a look at some videos and more pictures below.
RX-78-2 Gundam standing – photo by kzaral
Are you in Japan?
Go check it out! The statue is on display in the Shiokaze Park in Odaiba Tokyo until August 31 to mark the 30th anniversary of the broadcast of the first Gundam series but it is also the Gundam Project will be a part of an environmental project called â€œGreen Tokyoâ€ to highlight environmental issues not only in Tokyo but worldwide .