Way back in the olden days of 2009, a life-size statue of the RX78-2 Gundam was built and erected in Tokyo for a short period of time (a couple of months or so), and now some young staff members from Mibu, Japan’s Toy Town, have formed a volunteer team to erect a life-size statue of Char Azanable’s Custom MS-06S Zaku II.
The Zaku II statue will stand at 18 meters (59 feet) tall, and costs for design and construction have been estimated at several billion yen. “There are Gundam fans all over the world. We want to call (for cooperation to build the statue) throughout the world with Twitter and Facebook,” noted Takayama Hiroshi, one of the 30 or so volunteers in the group.
In another attempt to gather funds, they will also be selling 1000 limited-edition cups of strawberry-flavored juice cocktail, with an image of Char’s Zaku on the cup, at 100 yen during a charity event for the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster on July 16th.
Well, this definitely sounds interesting, last time I heard news about something like this, it was the Gigantor statue project, which so far has been successful (and was made into a permanent fixture, unlike the Gundam statue). It’s an actual giant robot in Japan. What’s not to love? Who cares if it’s the bad guy’s personal Gundam, that doesn’t change the overall awesomeness of the whole thing. The only complaint I have is the same you I know you guys will have: Why isn’t anyone trying to do this with Super Sentai? They have 33 years worth of giant robots to choose from. Seriously, someone get on that.
-M.C., the Quantum Twin