The first center for Mobile Suit Gundam model figures (Gunpla) will open in Tokyo in Summer 2017. It will be called ‘The Gundam Base Tokyo’ and will be located on the 7th floor of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza.
Gunpla is a very famous product produced by Bandai since July 1980 and has sold over 459 million models, making it one of the most successful products in history. Even before The Gundam Base Tokyo, Gundam shops were opened in 2003 and 2005 in Korea and Taiwan respectively, to conduct business all over Asia. There are a total of 11 shops in those two countries. Even those who don’t know Mobile Suit Gundam have most likely at least seen a Gundam robot. That’s how popular the series is. A Gunpla exhibition is planned for their 40th anniversary in 2020.
At ‘The Gundam Base Tokyo’ one will be able to find more than 2,000 products, making it the world’s biggest Gunpla shop. They will give out a lot of information on Gunpla to inspire people to build their own. Aside from the shopping space, it will also include a workspace, where you can try and build your own Gundam as well as an exhibition space, showing all of the over 1500 Gunpla that have been released since 1980.
You can also find a ‘Bandai Hobby Center’ that will introduce how Gunpla is manufactured. Inside the shop will be a special promotion space, which will hold various events for a limited time.
Speaking of DiverCity Tokyo, you can also find Gundam Front there and experience the world of Mobile Suit Gundam. In Autumn 2017 the 1/1 scale statue of the Unicorn Gundam will go on display, and it will surely become a new sight-seeing spot in that area.
Official Website of The Gundam Base Tokyo
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza