Japan’s 60-Foot, 25-Ton Gundam Robot Moves for the First Time

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A life-sized Gundam in Japan has performed new movements on video last week.

Modeled after the RX-78F00, the robot will be the star of Gundam Factory Yokohama, an amusement park slated to open at Yamashita Pier later this year.

 

The robot stands 60 feet (18.2 meters), weighs 25 tons and moves at an angle of 24 degrees.

In its latest testing, it carried out specific actions such as kneeling, moving its fingers and pointing to the sky.

The robot also showcased its ability to turn its head and open up its eyes toward spectators.

Construction of the mecha giant started in January in the Port of Yokohama, where it will remain until the theme park’s launch.

The Gundam model will be stored and maintained in a Gundam Dock, while users can watch it up-close from the Gundam Dock Tower.

The theme park will also feature a Gundam Lab, an entertainment complex housing various shops, cafes, communication spaces and educational exhibitions.

Image Screenshot via GundamInfo

Gundam Factory Yokohama was originally scheduled to open in October but was delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19. A Special Experience preview event in July was also canceled.

“This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our fans and employees in response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. We apologize to all of our fans who were looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding,” the organizers said.

Image Screenshot via GundamInfo

For now, prospective visitors will just have to wait for updates.

“Alright. Moving to Japan and getting surgery to become a Gundam pilot. See ya later,” one Twitter user wrote.

Feature Image Screenshots via @yoshi115t

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