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New life-size 'Unicorn Gundam' statue transforms for the first time in Odaiba

The full-scale Unicorn Gundam from "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn" is seen in DiverCity Tokyo in the capital's Daiba district on Sept. 23, 2017, during a special unveiling ceremony. The giant model was built to transform from "Unicorn Mode" to "Destroy Mode" with illuminating and moving parts. (MANTAN)

A special ceremony to unveil the new life-sized RX-0 Unicorn Gundam statue from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn was held at DiverCity Tokyo in the capital's Daiba district on Sept. 23.

At the ceremony, the Gundam's transformation from "Unicorn Mode" to "Destroy Mode" was showcased for the first time, complete with the opening of the unicorn horn and the transformation of the facial features, the illumination of 50 spots on the body and the opening of components on the model's shoulders, lower back and knees. The show gathered thunderous applause from gathered onlookers.

The "RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Ver. TWC (Tokyo Water Front City)" is true to fiction, standing 19.7 meters tall and weighing 49 metric tons. The statue opened for public viewing on Sept. 24, with the 1-minute show of the Gundam transforming from Unicorn Mode to Destroy Mode held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., video shows are projected onto the statue and the wall of DiverCity Tokyo every 30 minutes.

The full-scale "RG1/1 RX78-2 Gundam Ver. GFT" was installed in the same location in 2012, attracting many visitors. However, the exhibition came to an end in March this year to make way for the new Unicorn Gundam. (Story credit: MANTAN)

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