FUKUOKA -- The first life-size "Mobile Suit Gundam" statue in west Japan, which is currently under construction and will become the symbol of a park themed on the popular anime series, was unveiled to the media and affiliated people on Dec. 22 in this southwest Japan city.
The standing figure is under construction at the site of the LaLaport Fukuoka shopping mall to open in April 2022 in Fukuoka's Hakata Ward. Gundam Park Fukuoka will let fans experience the world of Gundam.
The roughly 24.8-meter-tall, 80-metric-ton-heavy statue is the new RX-93ff Nu Gundam based on the mobile suit model controlled by protagonist Amuro Ray in the "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack" movie. The figure is supervised by Yoshiyuki Tomino, the general director of the anime series, and characterized by features including the colors red, blue and white used to convey his wish for peace.
On Dec. 22, work to install the robot's head began just after noon using a crane. When it was installed about 10 minutes later, people watching over the work applauded. Final adjustments will be made under cover until the shopping mall's opening, so the work in progress was revealed only on Dec. 22. The completion of the statue's construction is aimed at the end of February.
(Japanese original by Norihisa Ueda, Kyushu Business News Department)