In 2009, a life-sized Gundam statue (pictured) was erected. At the time, people said, if only there was a life-sized Zaku. Turns out, there might be.
A volunteer team in Mibu, Japan is setting out to erect a life-sized, 59-foot Zaku. In Gundam, Zaku is piloted by Char Aznable, one of the main Gundam antagonists.
Mibu is Japan's "Omocha no Machi" or "Toy Town". In recent years, with more toy production moving to China and Vietnam, more and more of the city's factories are now shuttered. However, the town is home to a Bandai toy museum that already houses a life-sized, from-the-waist-up RX-78-2 Gundam bust.
The idea to create a life-sized Zaku was first floated at a town meeting this past December. After contacting the mech's copyright holders, it was determined that it will take tens of millions of dollars to design and erect the Zaku.
The volunteers hope to drum up publicity via Twitter and Facebook, and sell 1,000 limited edition cups of strawberry cocktail for approximately US$1.20 a pop at an upcoming charity event for the March 11th earthquake. They're going to need to sell more than that. Way more.
The life-sized Gundam that was erected in 2009 moved to Shizuoka in 2010. It was damaged during the earthquake and is no longer on display.