One of Japan's most popular anime franchises, 'Mobile Suit Gundam', is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.
So what better way to commemorate the occasion than to build a 59-foot statue of one of the series' signature giant robots?
That's exactly what organizers of the Green Tokyo Gundam Project have done, building a 1:1 scale model of a Gundam which has stood in Odaiba's Shiokaze Park since early July.
The statue is rendered in almost perfect detail, with familiar markings on the shoulders and torso, and stands with its metallic gray fists clenched as it towers above its surroundings.
The statue comes equipped with a number of points which emit light while the head moves and also opens as the model spews mist. It is illuminated by lights at night as background music plays while curious fans gawk at the impressive creation.
The exhibit is free to view and is planned to last until the end of the month.
The statue is a feature of the Tokyo Green Project which is aimed at promoting a more environmentally friendly future for the city. The project also features prominently with Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympics, which the city is promoting as a very 'green' Olympic Games.
The Gundam is a replica of the RX-78 Gundam, which was featured in the franchise's flagship series 'Mobile Suit Gundam.' The model is the signature mobile suit of the Gundam series. Predominately white in color, with a blue and yellow midsection, the suit gained the nickname "White Devil" from other characters in the series.
One of the most famous of the "Super Robot" animes, the Gundam franchise began in April 1979.
The series has spawned several prequels, sequels and spinoff series and is hugely popular not only in Japan but other countries as well, such as the United States. While most of the spinoffs are unrelated to the main series, each installment usually features the giant machines used against the backdrop of intergalactic war.
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