Japan Builds Giant Robot for Gundam Anniversary
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mobile Suit Gundam anime, a giant Gundam robot statue was built in Tokyo. The 59-foot-tall Gundam statue has been unveiled at Odaiba seaside park.
Gundam debuted in 1979, and was actually cancelled during its first season. However, when its iconic giant robots were made into toys, Gundam's popularity soard, and it's been a pop culture mainstay ever since.
The statue, which lights up at night, will be a monument to pop-culture and to giant robots everywhere.
The statue is a massive 1:1 life-size Gundam replica that is 18m high and weighs an enormous 25 tons.
"Gundam has presented many propositions that we face today in the real world," said Yoshiyuki Tomino, the TV show's executive director.
Tetsujin will stand in Kobe's Wakamatsu Park and match the Odaiba Gundam in height at 59 feet. Construction of Tetsujin's parts will end in July and the statue should be constructed and make its debut in late September or early October.
The robot in question this time is one of the icons of giant robot history, Tetsujin 28-go, known in the English-speaking world as Gigantor and arguably the original gangster of giant robots in Japanese culture.
Meanwhile, Canada has a total of zero (0) giant robots, which embarrasses me to no small degree. The new convention center here in Vancouver has a huge plaza which is just the right size for one of these. Mayor Robertson is of course free to contact me via private message should he want me to consult on the project, which I'm happy to do for a very reasonable robo-consultation fee.