I am an unapologetic Gundam fan.
The video above (via Anime News Network) is of a dismantled full-scale replica of the main Gundam mech (RX-78-2 Gundam) from the original 1979 series Mobile Suit Gundam. In both the show and in real life, the Gundam stands almost 60 ft. high. In this display, however, the Gundam is in parts to allow people to get an up-close look at the famous mech that they couldn’t when it was originally unveiled as part of Gundam’s 30th anniversary.
Honestly, the part that keeps getting me is 1.15 minutes into the video, where people are actually sitting in the Gundam’s hand. That’s just awesome.
See the video below for the RX-78-2 Gundam standing tall, as well as a replica core fighter that serves as both jet and cockpit for the mech.
The show features mankind split between the Earth and giant, man-made space colonies, with war breaking out and a group of rookies and civilians getting caught in the middle with the Earth Federation’s newest weapon – the titular Gundam.
It was a ground-breaking show, ushering in the real-robot genre in anime as giant robot shows that focused on more methodical and realistic machines, character intricacies and the harsh realities of war. This is opposed to the hot-blooded and exaggerated nature of the super-robot genre, but even that’s not to say the two don’t mix (looking at you, G Gundam).
It’s awesome to see such a societal dedication to a fandom as to actually build this giant robot (albeit not functioning… supposedly). Sure, we have had mainstream societal dedication to fandoms before. Heck, Spider-Man and Mary Jane got married at Shea Stadium (thanks for screwing that up, Joe “Mephisto” Quesada).
Thankfully, locally, we’re trying our hand at real-life embodiment of the mechs of our youth. Nashville local special effects whiz Rick Prince is working on a life-size transformed Bumblebee (the Beetle, not the Camero). Rick is taking donations through KickStarter and hopes to unveil the project at this October’s Geek Media Expo in Nashville (disclaimer: I work with GMX). Hopefully Bumblebee 2.0 will transform.
What would you like to see from your childhood made into a tribute of your fandom?