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Old 01-05-2010, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'Life-size' Gundam statue to be put on display in Shizuoka

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'Life-size' Gundam statue to be put on display in Shizuoka

Jan 5 04:48 AM US/Eastern

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SHIZUOKA, Japan, Jan. 5 (AP) - (Kyodo)A "life-size" statue of Gundam, a giant robot from a classic sci-fi animation series, that became a popular tourist attraction when it was displayed at Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront last summer will be put on display again in Shizuoka from July, the central Japan city said Tuesday.
The 18-meter-tall statue will be erected facing the tracks near JR Higashi Shizuoka station and fans will be able to see it from trains against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji, the city said.

Although the municipal government has yet to decide on how long the giant statue will remain on display, an official said it will last for a few months at least.

The statue, which can move its head and emit light and mist from all over its body, is the same size as the robot depicted in the megahit cartoon series that started in April 1979.

When it was on display in Odaiba's Shiokaze Park between July 11 and Aug. 31, the statue drew huge crowds, including avid Gundam fans from the United States, China and other countries on group tours.

The statue was put on display to commemorate the 30th anniversary of TV broadcasts of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" series as well as to promote Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, which failed in October when Rio de Janeiro was chosen by the International Olympic Committee.

The statue was subsequently dismantled.

Its owners said they had considered transferring it to a factory in Shizuoka that produces plastic models of Gundam but asked the city to display the statue because its exhibition in Odaiba was more popular than expected.
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I guess Lewis Black had it right...cause this is the exact kinda thing he talked about.

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This certainly qualifies as a big thing Would be awesome to put in front of the toy factory lol.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I guess Lewis Black had it right...cause this is the exact kinda thing he talked about.

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This certainly qualifies as a big thing Would be awesome to put in front of the toy factory lol.
The first 'date' my wife and I went on was to see Lewis Black. I had liked his stuff for a while and she had seen a little bit here and there. She must love me because he really bugs her with the finger pointing and shaking of the jowls that he does. Gotta love LB.
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when i first heard about this idea, i was hoping it would be permanent...
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when i first heard about this idea, i was hoping it would be permanent...
Yeah. I think it says "a few months" in the article?

Next time I head out to Atami or Hakone I might need to stop by and check it out. I missed seeing the new Gigantor statue in Kobe due to Typhoon 18, so I'll need to effort seeing this one LOLS!
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lmfao that's hilarious there'll be a big f*cking thing spa lmfao
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Yeah, I'd heard about this a ways back.



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I was wondering what they were going to do with it. I'm not too big of a fan so I think these people are nuts.

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^ I'd have done it. If anything it was a free wedding. A pretty lavish one too. Although I'd rather have gone with a Macross theme given a choice.
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