The life-sized Gundam replica can move now! We, for one, welcome our new mecha overlord. Earlier this summer, we told you about the 60-foot-tall Gundam robot being built in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, Japan. While the pandemic has certainly changed the plans to open the incredible attraction to the public, development has continued on the mind-blowing mecha. The almost complete RX-78 Gundam mecha can stand, kneel, turn its head, and point to the sky, and lucky fan Nan-chan caught it on video.
While the massive mecha moves slowly and deliberately, it’s an impressive feat of engineering. When the footage is sped up to four times speed, the robot is nothing short of unbelievable. Not only can it take steps and move its massive body, the fine control of its hands and fingers is astounding.
Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode.pic.twitter.com/51HVoraPb7— Catsuka (@catsuka) September 21, 2020
And if you’re still not impressed, Nan-chan’s other video of the mecha turning its head includes part of the engineering team to give you a sense of scale. As it turns toward them and opens its eyes, mecha fanatics might understandably get goosebumps. It’s mind-blowing.
SoraNews24 reports that while there have been life-sized Gundam models built in Japan before, Gundam Factory Yokohama features the first model that can actually move. The park was originally scheduled for an October opening but has been delayed indefinitely.
While this mecha might not be able to take on any kaiju erupting from the Earth’s core quite yet, we’re certainly on our way to making technology that once seemed like only a fantasy into a reality. Let’s just hope the kaiju also move very, very slowly, and we’ll be just fine.
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