Full-Size Gundam to Rise in Tokyo Park
By the way, according to this site, it should actually be 18.5-meters tall to be life-size.
The statue will be part of the "Mobile Suit Gundam 30th Anniversary Project." It will stay up for only two months and be built from fiberglass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame. Viewing will be free.
Look we're in a global recession here. I say keep it up until it rusts and charge lots of cash. Heck, you guys created the series; there ought to be plenty of suckers, er, tourists who would pay to see it!
Besides a (cool) moveable head, fifty points on the Gundam will be lit, and mist will shoot out of 14 different points on the statue.
There have been other Gundam statues as well: a 33-foot-tall statue and a 23-foot-tall one, as well as another life-size one at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the foot of Mt. Fuji in 2007. However, it was built lying on the floor of a building.
There are apparently still plans to build a 49-foot-tall Gigantor statue in the city of Kobe, set for this summer also, showing that even in a recession Gundam fans aren't the only giant robot fans willing to put out real cash to put up huge statues.
Think of it as a stimulus for construction workers in Japan.