Giant Gundam Nearly Completed

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Back in 2009, a giant 1/1 scale Gundam was erected in Tokyo's Odaiba. Then, it was taken down. It has now returned.

This summer, the 1/1 scale mecha looms over Shizuoka, Japan, home of Bandai Namco's Gundam plastic model factory. It has a Beam Saber. It is awesome.


Gundam in Shizuoka [Japan Probe]

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What exactly is Gundam to its Japanese fans? Is there any cultural analog in America that might help me situate something like this statue? Do the people who come to see this thing do so on a lark or out of curiosity, or is it a nerd pilgrimage type deal?