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60ft Japanese Gundam robot takes first steps

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2020 · Comment icon 14 comments

The robot is getting nearer to completion. Image Credit: YouTube / Michael Overstreet
Engineers in Japan have been working to bring this life-sized robot replica to life in spectacular fashion.
Sometimes referred to as the 'Star Wars' of Japan, the long-running 'Gundam' franchise features gigantic manned robots first seen in the 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam.

Having earned over $5 billion, Gundam is one of the 15 highest-grossing media franchises ever.

Now in honor of its success, engineers at the Gundam Factory in Yokohama are nearing completion of a gargantuan 60ft replica Gundam that not only looks impressive, but actually moves as well.
Once completed, it will serve as a major tourist attraction for the city.

"At Gundam Factory Yokohama, which will be established at Yamashita Pier, in addition to allowing visitors to see a life-sized 18m-tall Gundam move, we will also be able to share with them, and let them experience, the development processes up until the point where it is ready to move," the official website reads.

A recent video, which can be viewed below, shows the giant robot in action as its creators test out some of its functionality, including moving one of its legs and making it bow down.

As things stand however, the behemoth has yet to be given a head.

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (14)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by TripGun 3 years ago
Zero model. Missing the wings...
Comment icon #6 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
That video looks really fake, like CGI. Unless it comes from a worthwhile source I call it bunk. EDIT: video has been sped up which may explain why it looks janky. Even if it is real, that thing is decades away from walking unassisted and untethered. There is no portable power source in the world that could run it for any decent amount of time.
Comment icon #7 Posted by XenoFish 3 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
You can cure any illness with purifying fire !
Comment icon #9 Posted by DirtyDocMartens 3 years ago
Well, that was disappointing.
Comment icon #10 Posted by ufoguy 3 years ago
Its about time they made this a reality....
Comment icon #11 Posted by mesuma 3 years ago
intergalactic planetary planetary intergalactic!!!
Comment icon #12 Posted by NCC1701 3 years ago
Batteries not included.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode  
Comment icon #14 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 3 years ago
Man I love science.

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