Viewing the “Mobile Suit Gundam” statue in Tokyo is on most Gundam fans’ bucket lists. But the opportunity to view the real-size scale replica of the iconic anime robot will come to an end next year.
The interactive statue is an homage to “RX-78-2,” a fictional manned robot from the “Mobile Suit Gundam” series that debuted in 1979. The statue was originally constructed in 2009 — shifting locations before ultimately settling in Seaside Park on Tokyo’s Odaiba island — but will be disassembled next March, according to Kotaku.
There is hope for Gundam diehards. Plans for a new giant Gundam are in the works, though details have yet to be revealed, according to a report cited by Kotaku.
Considering 2019 is Gundam’s 40th anniversary, let’s hope there’s an even better robot — or fleet of them — on the horizon.
Photo via Flickr/Ari Helminan