The Port of Yokohama is joining Odaiba as a home of a 1:1 scale Gundam – but this one moves. Take a look at some new photos and video of the massive suit under construction.
The 1:1 scale RX-78-2 has been in the works since 2014 – initially announced as part of the Gundam Global Challenge. It stands at nearly 60 feet tall, and it has some heavy moving parts (it has robotic elbows, wrists, hands, and fingers). Along with the suit the attraction includes the Gundam Factory where visitors can learn about the tech behind the giant and exhibitions on robotics. It’s a pretty big undertaking.
The whole attraction was set to open to visitors for limited time during the Olympics and then for a year long run in October, but that has been delayed.
We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Special Experience preview event scheduled to begin this July and postpone our grand opening scheduled for October 2020. We expect to have our grand opening within the year. Details will be announced as available. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our fans and employees in response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. We apologize to all of our fans who were looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding. In the meantime, we will be making preparations so that all of our visitors can enjoy themselves in safety.
The delay is to be expected at this point, hopefully a 2021 opening will be possible. In good news, there are are new photos and video of the building progress taken from across the bay. It looks badass. If you have some extra time, there’s a bunch of official behind the scenes videos that show the design process and development of the moving parts (make sure you have subtitles on).
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