The new statue based on the Unicorn Gundam RX-0 model from the 2010 series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn has finally been completed in Odaiba, Tokyo. The new statue stands at a whopping 19.7 meters tall and weighs in at 49 tonnes. I’m calling it right now. If the world goes awry within the next few months, we’re going to see this thing go flying off to take care of business.
Fear me, tiny squishy people
Earlier this year, the well-known Gundam statue was torn down. It was a sad moment for fans, as the statue–a life-sized replica of the RX-78-2 model from the original 1979 series–was a staple of the port shopping district of Odaiba in Tokyo. However, plans for a bigger and better replacement were quickly announced.
Lots of photos have shown up online over the last several months. Shots of the new statue’s head, a not-yet-assembled arm, a leg (it was like taking stock at a traffic accident). It all led up to an almost complete view of the body just this last month.
The completed statue was unveiled during a special event that took place in the Waterfront Plaza right in front of the Diver City building near Daiba Station on the evening of September 23. Several celebrities related to the Gundam universe showed up, and several features unique to the Unicorn Gundam statue were shown off.
In addition to being taller than the original Gundam statue, the Unicorn Gundam also has the ability to transform. The arms, back, and knees all have movable parts, and several portions of the statue have the ability to light and pulsate. Fans of Gundam Unicorn will recognize this transformation as the Destroy Mode used in the series.
Otherwise known as magical unicorn mode, probably
Now that the statue is officially open to the public, you can take a look for yourself and marvel at this miracle of modern man. The statue changes into its insane Destroy Mode several times a day. At 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM, there is a 1-minute long transformation performance. In the evening between 7:30-9:30, a special 1-minute presentation involving transformations and a video display feature are ongoing every 30 minutes.
For Gundam fans, this is really something special, but even if you’re not a fan, it’s a giant robot that transforms! The future is now.
For more information on the Unicorn Gundam statue and the memorabilia and goods available via the gift shop nearby, check out Gundam Base.