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The life-sized RX-78 model robot at Gundam Factory in Yokohama, Japan on on Yamashita Pier is just about complete. It stands 59-feet-tall, weighs in at a massive 25-tons, and not only looks cool, but can also kneel, move its fingers, pointing its hands to the sky as well as take steps, albeit a bit slow, or at least compared to human standards. This amusement park of sorts was originally slated to open in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but the opening has been delayed indefinitely due to the pandemic.
For those who don’t follow the anime, the RX-78-2 Gundam basically refers to a fictional manned robot and was first introduced in 1979 in the Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. This mecha was a prototype weapon for the Earth Federation when it falls into the hands of mechanic Amuro Ray, the son of its designer in story (Tem Ray), who eventually becomes the pilot in the Earth Federation’s war against the Principality of Zeon.
- The pistons on the shoulders reproduces the mechanical structure The allows for additional movement
- The Barbatos mace also features It's hidden slide gimmick for the tip
- A spinning gimmich is installed for the mobile suit's ahab reactor
The dream becomes reality, and that reality creates yet a new dream. This is the ultimate entertainment,” said the official website describing the Gundam Experience.