Meet RX-78, the 60-feet-tall Gundam robot replica from Japan

Lawrence Kim
September 24, 2020

The robot, which has been in the works since 2014, stands almost 60 feet high and weighs 24 tons, with more than 200 pieces made from a mixture of steel and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, according to the company that created it.

This particular wonder of the world was constructed by the wizards at the Gundam Factory Yokohama, an attraction based on the eternally popular Gundam franchise that dates back to the 1970s.

Footage of it coming "alive" by moving its legs, torso and arms went viral on Japan's anime-mad social media. Originally scheduled to be unveiled in October, the Gundam Factory's grand opening has been delayed until later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The machine named RX-78 or the Gundam robot replica was taken for a ride, and the video of the same has become a huge hit among netizens.

"We apologise to all of our fans who were looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding".

The design and function of the robot is modelled after the "real robot" that featured in the anime series and remains a pop-culture icon in Japan.

The Gundam anime series has sparked a multi-billion dollar industry with movies, manga, plastic models and video games. Details will be announced as available, ' the statement continued. Catsuka wrote 'Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode, ' while sharing the video. The first stood at Tokyo's Odaiba district before being replaced by the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam.

The decision to delay the release of this new 60ft robot for general public enjoyment was 'made to ensure the health and safety of our fans and employees in response to the worldwide spread of Covid-19, ' the organisers confirmed.

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