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Full-size Nu Gundam Statue Assembled in Fukuoka

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Full-size Gundam attractions continue to proliferate across Japan and the world. The latest giant robot to stand tall is the full-size Nu (ν) Gundam statue in Fukuoka, Japan. After construction crews temporarily assembled the statue for a limited appearance, footage was recorded by onlookers and local news.

Check out the story via KBC News’ Youtube channel.

Originally announced in September 2021, the full-size Nu Gundam statue is based on the RX-93 Nu Gundam piloted by Amuro Ray in 1988’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack. An advanced mobile suit, the Nu Gundam incorporated psycho-frame technology to take advantage of the Newtype abilities of Amuro Ray.

It’s the tallest life-size Gundam statue so far, standing at 24.8 meters (81 feet) tall. It’s quite a bit taller than the life-size RX-78-2 Gundam in Yokohama, which stands at 18 meters (59 feet) tall. It doesn’t look quite the same as the movie mecha though: The full-size Nu Gundam statue follows a variant design, the RX-93ff. The modified design replaces the wing-like array of Fin Funnel remote weapons with a single larger “Long-Range Fin Funnel” weapon. Practically speaking, the change was likely implemented to keep the statue stable. The statue also adopts a tricolor marking scheme evoking the patterns of the original RX-78-2 as well.

The full-size Nu Gundam will form the centerpiece of Gundam Park Fukuoka, a new attraction space with Gundam elements. The statue joins two others in Japan: The life-size animatronic Unicorn Gundam in Odaiba, Tokyo, and the aforementioned life-size “walking” RX-78-2 Gundam in Yokohama. Shanghai, China also hosts its own official life-size Gundam, based on Gundam SEED‘s Freedom Gundam mobile suit.

The full-size Nu Gundam statue will go on display at the Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport in Fukuoka, Japan in April 2022.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.