The life-size moving Gundam statue at Gundam Factory Yokohama has learned some new tricks — playing Rock Paper Scissors. The robot has become capable of performing the movements required to play this globally known hand game. To show its power and capabilities, the Yokohama factory will have a rock paper scissors tournament on May 5, 2023. For the competition, the Gundam will play against everyone in a crowd of people. The last people standing can enter an area for a commemorative photo. Additionally, the facility plans to hold a rerun of Gundam’s Minovsky Flight demonstration. During the same event, a kitchen car inspired by Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury will sell themed drinks to visitors.
The Life-Size Moving Gundam Statue: Bringing a Dream to Life
Since its release, the Gundam statue is easily one of the most impressive tourist attractions to date. It has flashing LED lights, moving limbs, and the ability to step out of the surrounding dock. Development of the project began in 2014, and it took several years for mechanics to perfect the logistics of the robot. Now, this life-size Gundam has amazingly become able to Statue play Rock Paper Scissors!
The development team was led by Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. The Moving Gundam came to life as a result of nine companies working together as technical partners.
The 59-foot (18-meter) tall, life-size, moving Gundam statue held its grand opening to the public in December 2020. According to a notice posted to the official website for Gundam Factory Yokohama, the facility where the moving Gundam stands, the statue and facility will now remain in operation until March 31, 2024, a full-year extension from the previously scheduled closing date. It is unknown what will happen to the robot after it it is closed off from the public.
Bandai Namco currently has four life-size Gundam statues on display. A life-size “transforming” RX-0 Unicorn Gundam statue from the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn anime debuted at Tokyo’s Diver City complex in September 2017. Then, Sunrise unveiled the moving RX-78-2 Gundam statue from the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime in Yokohama in December 2020. The life-size statue of the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed debuted in Shanghai in May 2021. The RX-93ffν Gundam, based on Amuro Ray’s RX-93 ν Gundam (pronounced Nu Gundam) that appeared in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack film, debuted in Fukuoka’s Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport in April 2022.