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Moving Gundam statue in Yokohama to debut in December after coronavirus delay

A life-size moving Gundam statue is seen at the Gundam Factory Yokohama complex in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, in this photo provided by Sotsu Co. and Sunrise Inc.

TOKYO -- A life-size moving Gundam statue at the Gundam Factory Yokohama complex in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, will make its public debut on Dec. 19, according to an announcement event held in the capital.

    The original opening day on Oct. 1 was delayed due to the spread of the coronavirus.

    Gundam Factory Yokohama is part of a project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the popular "Mobile Suit Gundam" anime series, and is made up of two sections: the 18-meter-tall statue replica mecha in the Gundam-Dock; and exhibits explaining the technology behind the robot's moving parts as well as a cafe, among other facilities, in the Gundam-Lab.

    A life-size moving Gundam statue is seen at the Gundam Factory Yokohama complex in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, in this photo provided by Sotsu Co. and Sunrise Inc.

    A Gundam-Dock Tower will also open at the dock so that visitors can see a close-up view of the robot from its legs all the way up to its face from a height of 15 to 18 meters.

    The life-size statue weighs 25 tons, and has 24 movable sections. Operators plan to move the robot every 30 minutes and also hold illumination and special seasonal events.

    The complex in Yamashita Futo harbor area near Yokohama's famed Chinatown will be run from Dec. 19, 2020 through March 31, 2022. It will cost 1,650 yen to enter for those aged 13 and older and 1,100 yen for those between 7 and 12. In order to view the statue from the tower, visitors will need a special ticket that costs 3,300 yen.

    Tickets will be sold from Oct. 2. To prevent the venue from becoming crowded, tickets will have a specified time and date that allows entry for two hours.

    (Japanese original by Yukiko Murata, Web Operation Center)

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