Farewell to the RX-78F00: Yokohama's Iconic Moving Gundam Statue to Close in 70 Days

We continue to hope for an extension!

In just 70 days, the magnificent moving RX-78F00 Gundam statue in Yokohama, which blends engineering marvels and science fantasy ambitions, will be taken down from service. After March 31, 2024, the magnificent statue will no longer astound visitors, marking the end of a phase in Japan's pop culture and technological exposition.

Image: Sotsu Sunrise | Gundam Factory Yokohama

This massive Gundam statue was originally designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, the coronavirus pandemic delayed its unveiling. Despite these obstacles, the Gundam made its official premiere on December 19, 2020, serving as a tribute to resilience and creativity amid difficult times.

The RX-78F00, a moving recreation of the iconic Gundam model, is Japan's third life-size Gundam statue. It succeeds its predecessors, the 2009 RX-78-2 and the 2017 RX-0, both of which were major attractions at Tokyo Gundam Base. This current piece enhances the experience by showcasing a moving, interactive marvel rather than a static display.

The Gundam Factory Yokohama is more than just the home of the RX-78F00. It is an interactive experience that includes the Gundam Lab Exhibition, which allows visitors to learn about the creation of this mechanical giant. The display provides an exclusive virtual reality experience that simulates the Gundam cockpit, which is a pleasure for both fans and technology aficionados. A Gundam-themed café and a goods store round off the experience, providing guests with a complete package.

Due to its enormous popularity, the exhibit was extended from its original March 2022 closure date to March 2023 and then again to March 2024. Fans of the Gundam series are hoping for yet another Gundam extension as 2024 approaches the franchise's 45th anniversary. The opening ceremony featured a live performance of "The Beyond," the Gundam 40th anniversary theme song by the rock band Luna Sea. Fans and newbies alike are encouraged to see this engineering masterpiece before it becomes a part of history as the closing date approaches.

There are currently no plans to extend the exhibit further. However, Gundam's history and influence on popular culture and technology are far from over. Updates will be published if there are any fresh developments concerning this landmark display.

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  1. Calling it now! They will extend this until March 2025! PLEASE? LOL

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