Watch the assembly of the last massive Gundam statue in Japan
Japan’s latest life-size Gundam statue assembles as press crews and crowds gather to watch his head attach.
New videos show the latest 1: 1 scale Gundam statue being assembled.
Japanese news agencies NHK and Mainichi Shimbun were on hand to film the head of the new statue being attached. The statue is built at the center of a shopping mall in Fukuoka, Japan. The headpiece of the Gundam was pre-built and had to be lifted into place using a construction crane. As the NHK video shows, the head alone eclipses the height of the workers who assemble the huge mecha.
The new statue is based on the custom-built RX-93 Nu-Gundam that Amuro Ray piloted in his final battle with lifelong rival Char Aznable in the 1988s. Char Counterattack. In canon, this iteration of the Gundam was designed by Amuro himself and was one of the first mobile suits to feature a Psycho Frame, a new technology that allows Newtype pilots to control their mecha if it were to be. ‘an extension of their own body. Technology would later play a major role in Gundam series set in the Universal Century timeline, including Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and Gundam’s story.
The statue has been the subject of controversy within the Gundam fandom for deviating from the original design of the Nu Gundam. While the life-size RX-78-2 statue in Yokohama and the transforming RX-0 Unicorn Gundam in Tokyo were rigorously faithful recreations of the original cartoons, Fukuoka’s Nu Gundam loses the mobile suit’s most iconic feature – its sound. Shoulder-mounted fan of remote-controlled weapons, known to the universe as “funnels” – and trades them in for a single, massive cannon funnel. The change was reportedly made because the statue would not have been stable with its more complicated original weaponry, but some fans have still expressed their desire to see a more accurate depiction of the iconic giant robot. The Nu Gundam’s color scheme has also been changed from its original black and white design to feature a lighter shade of blue.
Given the end of Char Counterattack, the Nu Gundam likely won’t be featured in any new movies or anime shows, but the original RX-78-2 will appear in the new Cucuruz Doan Island film, which will be released in Japan in 2022. The film is a theatrical remake of one of the most famous episodes of the original Gundam lively. The fallout from the events of Char Counterattack will also continue to be explored in the sequel to Gundam Hathaway mobile suit, which, according to the producer of the series, will be released no earlier than 2024.
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