Odaiba’s Life-size RX-78-2 Gundam Statue
One of the reasons why I went to Odaiba island in Tokyo was to see the huge Gundam Statue right in front of Tokyo Diver City Plaza. If you are a fan of the animated show, the statue is definitely a must see. After admiring the Gundam for a good 15 minutes, You 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 back in July of 2009 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the Gundam series becoming the first of its kind ever built in Japan. Unfortunately the statue was then taken down in September due to the maintenance cost. It was later re-erected in the city of Shizuoka the home of Bandai’s (the company) plastic model factories in July 2010 until March 2011, this time holding a beam saber. The statue did eventually 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.
Again Its very impressive 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 on the day of my visit it was relatively quiet. You will find the Gundam Cafe and Gundam Front Tokyo shop besides the statue selling Gundam goodies of all sorts. Note the main Gundam Front Tokyo shop is actually a museum/mini-theme park on the top floor of the DiverCity shopping complex.
The best feature of this lifesize Gundam 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