First announced in 2018, it seems the wait for Japan’s newest life-sized moving Gundam is finally over.
Japan is no stranger to life-sized Gundams, but this latest 18 meters/60 foot one has to take the cake as not only is it big, it comes with 24-articulating joints that let it actually move. The moving Gundam was finally unveiled after months of heavy anticipation in Yokohama, before the official opening of the Gundam Factory Yokohama complex on 19 December 2020.
Visitors will be able to climb onto the observation decks from 15 to 18 meters high on the Gundam Dock Tower to have a closer look at the anime cultural icon. The moving statue will also be striking different poses every half an hour and will even light up in the evening.
Meanwhile, the Gundam Lab exhibition facility will feature a virtual reality dome that lets visitors simulate sitting inside the cockpit of a mobile suit Gundam.
The Gundam Factory Yokohama complex was originally scheduled to open in October 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19. The complex, along with the giant Gundam, will be around till 31 March 2022.
Admission to the Gundam Lab area will cost 1,110yen for those aged between 7 to 12, 1,650yen for those aged 13 and older, and is free for visitors aged 6 and younger. A trip to the observation decks on the life-sized Gundam will cost an additional 3,300 yen.
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