Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Return of 1/1 Gundam RX-78-2 Statue

Finally, some news regarding the 1/1 scale statue of Gundam RX-78-2 last displayed at Shiokaze Park, Odaiba, Tokyo.

Images are from this previous posting.

According to Sankei on MSN News, the statue will be move to a public-owned land in front of JR Higashi-Shizuoka Station, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (JR東静岡駅前の市有地 - 同市葵区長沼). After the relocation, passengers riding on the Tokaido Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) line will be able to see the statue in close distance. The convenience of transporting visitors to the new location where the statue is is one of the reasons the location is chosen in the first place.

The statue will be on display from July 2010 to May 2011. After that period, the statue will be moved to Bandai Hobby Center, 600 meters north of the new display location where it will stay there, until the new reallocation I guess. ^^

From the same report, new commercial facilities will be built to welcome the arrival of the statue, and some venue limited Gunplas are already under planning. As a matter of fact, Bandai Namco Group has been working hard to create Shizuoka as the "Sacred ground of the hobby culture" (ホビー文化の聖地) by promoting the plamo industry and more related events.

Fans who missed the statue when it was first on display this year have a much longer period to see the statue now. ^^ It would be a visit with new meaning as compared to the experience at Shiokaze Park I guess, visiting the statue where Gunpla originates for Gunpla 30th anniversary next year. ^^

Information is from Sankei on MSN News.