The life-sized Gundam statue at Diver City Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba, Tokyo stood there for approximately 5 years, and was a popular landmark and tourist spot. The robot was dismantled and removed on Tuesday 14 March 2017.
‘The head of the life-sized Gundam statue has been removed. Yes, it’s the moment everyone has been waiting for, the Last Shooting! (‘д’)’
Various pictures from the scene of the dismantling were uploaded on Twitter one after the other and it became a topic of conversation among Gundam fans.
‘Since the left arm and the head are gone, aren’t they trying to pay homage to the Last Shooting in the last episode of Mobile Suit Gundam, when Gundam stepped onto the Earth’s surface and MSN-02 Zeong, piloted by Char (Aznable), stuck out it’s left arm, aimed right overhead and fired?’ This was one of the many opinions being raised.
The Life-sized Gundam was a Popular Landmark
The life-sized Gundam statue was modeled after the RX-78-2 Gundam and was placed in Shiokaze Park, Odaiba as part of Gundam’s 30th anniversary and GREEN TOKYO Gundam Project in 2009. It became a hot topic of interest as the world’s first life-sized Gundam statue.
In the summer of 2010, it was moved to the venue of the Shizuoka Hobby Fair held in Shizuoka Prefecture, and then in April of 2012, it was relocated to Diver City Tokyo Plaza. For approximately 5 years, it continued to be loved by the public but unfortunately, the exhibit came to an end on Sunday 5 March 2017. It was used as a reference for the planning and verification of the Gundam GLOBAL CHALLENGE, which is aimed at Gundam’s 40th anniversary celebrations, and it seems there are no plans for an exhibition hereafter.
「Life-sized Unicorn Gundam Statue」Image／Photo from GUNDAM.INFO／（C）創通・サンライズ
At the closing ceremony held on Sunday 5 March 2017, the president of Sunrise, Yasuo Miayagawa, announced that a new Gundam statue, a life-sized Unicorn Gundam, will be installed in Fall 2017.
Gundam finally disassembled… Onto the Last Shooting!
Photos of the Gundam statue on Saturday 11 March 2017 by authors.
For about a week after the end of the exhibition, the statue was surrounded by strict fencing and was no longer illuminated. At night, it’s figure could be seen silently standing in the darkness.
‘How it looks from above. The lights which illuminated the head were all removed and the anemometer was removed from the backpack so it seems that the entire electrical system has been taken out. The parts of the arm left on the ground were distorted by weight and the lights on the armhole were broken. Even the wrists which can be used after the event were not packed up and were weather-beaten. I think this may really be the end.’
On the day of the construction, pictures of the disassembly from various angles were uploaded on Twitter.
‘Now at the life-sized Gundam statue. Watching the disassembly, except for covering some small parts, it seems like they don’t plan to reopen the exhibition (; ´д｀)’
The Gundam with no left arm. All because you protected those who visited Odaiba for 5 years… So sad…
‘I can’t miss work this afternoon so I will leave now. It’s gone from its usual appearance to no head and no left arm. With this, I got to see the moment they attached the head and the moment they removed it, both at Diver City.’
The Gundam’s head being carried away by a crane.
‘Maybe the disassembly of Odaiba’s Gundam is meant to pay homage to the Last Shooting after all.’
When the head was removed, it resembled Last Shooting. Amazing.
‘“Just because Taka damaged the main camera” In the middle of the dismantlement of Odaiba’s Gundam. Diver City Tokyo.’
But it seems it will be a bit lonely until the Unicorn Gundam is revealed next fall.
‘By the way, the assembly of the statue at Diver City was done in the same order lol’
We caught sight of information that the construction of Gundam was done in the same order. In addition, the entertainment space, Gundam Front Tokyo, located on the 7th floor of Diver City, will be in business until Wednesday 5 April 2017. Thank you Gundam! Until we meet again… [tears]