The 59-foot X-78 Gundam replica had its last show on 5 March
Tokyo’s iconic giant Gundam model has fired its final shot.
As reported by cnet, the 59-foot (18-meter) tall RX-78 Gundam replica had its final show on 5 March. The statue was dismantled by contractors this week after it was left standing in its ‘Last Shooting’ pose from the iconic Mobile Suit Gundam scene.
The Gundam statue has been drawing in tourists and fans since it first went up in 2012. Previously, a different giant Gundam was displayed in Tokyo in 2009, followed by another one in Shizuoka in 2010 – however, neither were permanent displays.
This particular statue is based on the iconic RX-78-2 mobile suit piloted by Amuro Ray in the first Mobile Suit Gundam series.
The statue can currently be found outside the DriverCity Tokyo’s mall, Odaiba.
Whilst fans of the statue will surely be sad to see it go, it has been reported that there are plans to construct a new giant Gundam. Considering 2019 is Gundam’s 40th anniversary, we can probably expect to see its return to the Japanese capital around then.
Fans on Twitter have since expressed their grief.
— la’Y’al (@lilduno) March 5, 2017
— ฬєt (@eiswagamoto) March 6, 2017
— Andrew Carl (@andrewthecarl) March 14, 2017