The love for Gundams and giant robots in general is a huge part of Japanese fan culture. At the Diver City Entertainment Complex in Tokyo’s Odaiba neighborhood, there has already been a giant Gundam statue for quite some time. It was modeled after the 1979’s RX-78-2 model from the Mobile Suit Gundam television series, and it’s freaking awesome.
As expected, it’s been an ultra popular tourist attraction, so much so that it’s getting an upgrade. The previous one stood at 18 meters and the new one will stand at near 24 meters tall. This new statue is based on the RX-0 Unicorn model. The Unicorn model isn’t from the most recent versions of Gundam lore, but it does come from the same canon as the original Mobile Suit Gundam series.
Not that you needed another reason to visit Japan, but people are saying that this new giant statue will hopefully attract even more attention than the previous one. The Unicorn model is considerably more popular than the old school RX-78-2 model because of its more international appeal. MSG: Unicorn was created with modern animation and had a worldwide release. Now the fans who came to see the original statue have an all new reason to take a trip back to the Complex and visit its new resident. It is not known what the plans are for the old RX-78-2, but as long as isn’t recycled as parts for the Unicorn then it presents the opportunity to someday have both both statues side by side.
The final public day for the RX-78-2 model was called “last shooting” and thousands of fans showed up to give the big guy a nice send off. The only new pictures out so far of the Unicorn are the bits of the statue peeking out over the large partitions they put up to block the construction. The previous statue was amazingly accurate, so this new one should meet or exceed our expectations.
They have even announced future plans to have a possibly walking life-size Gundam robot by the year 2019. That would definitely bring in the tourist crowd.