The large Gundam statue in Tokyo that has been standing guard for five years was recently dismantled. The Gundam RX-78-2 in Odaiba has stood for the longest time in Diver City attracting tourists and anime fans around the world.
Although many were sad to see it go, the deconstruction crew made sure to give its last respects. Read on what made the Gundam’s statue farewell iconic.
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Fans of the Gundam statue in Tokyo said their goodbyes as the crew started taking it down. But what the crew did paid homage to the RX-78-2 that fans can’t help but praise the way the statue said its goodbyes
The deconstruction crew dismantled the statue, making sure to remove its left arm and head first showing its last shooting pose. This is an iconic scene in the series as RX-78-2’s final moment looked like that where it fires a beam cannon into the air. Its head and left arm were already gone before it was ultimately destroyed in the series.
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Although the Gundam statue was not holding a weapon nor was its remaining arm shooting upwards (since it was not designed to move that way) the message was clear. The crew knew how the statue should go down as shown in the series.
The RX-78-2 wasn’t the only statue that stood over Tokyo. But is the longest life-sized statue to do so in Diver City. It stood for five years serving as a tourist attraction. The previous one was both in Odaiba and Shizuoka in 2009 and 2010.
Although the RX-78-2 is under deconstruction, a new one is about to replace its spot soon. Later this year, a 79-foot-tall replica of the Unicorn Gundam is likely to be unveiled. This Gundam is from the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and is bigger than the previous one.
However, there aren’t any news yet as to how long the Unicorn Gundam will stand. Whether it will surpass the RX-78-2 or not, we’ll just have to wait and see.
You can view the iconic last shooting pose of the RX-78-2 below. The series has spun several manga, movies, novel and video games through the years. It continues to be a popular figure for anime lovers to this day.
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