Evan Burkey

Cool Video, Bro: 1/1 Scale Gundam Statue Rises In Odaiba

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Is it weird that if I took a vacation to Japan, the first thing I’d want to visit is the life-size Gundam statue?

A few months ago, Youtuber darwinfish105 brought you a video of the famous Gundam statue in pieces. Now he documents the rebuilding of the 1/1-scale Gundam statue in Odaiba. It was originally built in Odaiba in July of 2009 and attracted 4.15 million visitors before it closed the following month. Then, the statue was rebuilt in Shizuoka — the self-described “model capital of the world” and the home of Bandai’s plastic model factories — from July of last year to March of this year. Now it’s back in Odaiba, hopefully to stay.

I have to admit, this would be one of the major stopping points in my theoretical vacation to Japan (also the school that was used as the model for K-On… I know, I’m a huge weeaboo.) Also, I found it kind of interesting that this statue builds kind of like a Gunpla model.

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