Bandai Namco, the masterminds behind one of Japan’s most successful franchises Gundam, recently announced their renowned life-size Gundam statue project which currently stands in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Festival Square will be coming to an end this year. The current model named “1/1 Scale RX-78 Gundam Ver. GFT” will be dismantled after standing in place for fans and tourists to enjoy since 2012.
In its place a new statue will stand, and Bandai have just announced that a new project aptly titled “Tokyo Gundam Project 2017” will be kicking off to set up a life size Gundam Unicorn in the fall this year. Their aim is to bring realism to the statue as a means to revitalise the Tokyo Waterfront City area by bringing in new forms of entertainment.
In addition to the statue, Bandai have closed the “Gundam Front Tokyo” entertainment facility and will open a new one named “The Gundam Base Tokyo”. The facility will contain all things Gundam including models, posters and an information centre. It will be the largest Gundam-themed facility in the world.
The official last day for the 1/1 RX-78 Gundam is this Sunday. Take one last look: