Odaiba’s Life-size RX-78-2 Gundam Statue
One of the reasons why I went to Odaiba was to see the huge Gundam Statue right in front of Tokyo Diver City Plaza which Ive been longing to see since its construction. If you are a fan of the animated show, the statue is definitely a must see. You got to appreciate the craftsmanship and detail that went into building this life size model, its simply overwhelming if only I could have one in my back yard, imagine that!
The 1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam Life-size Statue has quite a history, it first stood at Shiokaze Park here on Odaiba island in July of 2009 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the Gundam series after the company officially announced the project back in March 2009 called “Real-G” to build the first 1:1 real-size, scaled Gundam statue in Japan. The statue was then taken down in September. It was re-erected in the city of Shizuoka self-described as the “model capital of the world” and the home of Bandai’s plastic model factories in July 2010 until March 2011, near the Higashishizuoka station, this time with a beam saber. The statue did return to Tokyo in August that same year but in disassembled parts as a charity drive from fans after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster. It was not until April of 2012 that the Gundam was finally rebuilt where it still stands today in front of Tokyo Diver City Plaza Mall.
Its very impressive indeed, so impressive that neighboring China decided to create what they called an “original” statue of its own in one of its theme park, Oh China! Anyway back to the original one in Japan, it was nice to see fans coming together to bring it back up as well as helping those affected by the disaster at the same time. Normally you would see lots of people taking pictures but for some odd reason it was relatively quite when I was there. Youll find the Gundam Front Tokyo shop besides the statue where you can buy lots of Gundam goodies as well as the Gundam Cafe opposite it. Note the Gundam Front Tokyo is actually a museum/mini-theme park on the top floor of the DiverCity shopping complex.
Another cool feature the Gundam has is that you can enjoy a short 5 minutes “life show” where it steams, moves, and has loud sound effects.
Shops: 10:00 to 21:00
Daily life-show schedule: Weekdays: 12:00 / 15:00 / 17:00 / 20:30
19:30 – Special 「GUNDAM STAND ATOP TOKYO」(with projected video)
Weekend: 12:00 / 15:00 / 17:00 / 20:15
19:30 / 21:00 – Special 「GUNDAM STAND ATOP TOKYO」(with projected video)
Gundam Cafe: 10:00 to 21:00
Gundam Front Tokyo: 10:00 to 22:00 (from 9:00 on weekends), 1000 yen
Closed: No closing days