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Pack Your Bags, Mecha Fans! Gundam Statue to Be Built in Shanghai in 2021

By Jared N. , Jul 12, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

In Japan, there has been a success that comes with building life-size statues of Gundam robots, which means that it would have been a matter of time before other countries had more life-size Gundam statues being constructed.


Freedom Gundam
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Freedom Gundam Is Coming To China

The first life-size Gundam statue that's going to be built outside of Japan will be made in China's city of Shanghai. This specific Gundam looks to be an excellent choice. The particular mobile suit built in Shanghai will be one from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam. It will be put up for display next year.

In Tokyo, the subsequent life-size Gundam statues that were built have been around 59 feet tall, which is what the Freedom Gundam in Shanghai will be.

The design of the Freedom Gundam was thought up by the brilliant mecha designer of legendary status Kunio Okawara. The Freedom Gundam was an upgrade for the character Kira Yamato that he got in the middle of the season. This specific design is a favorite of Gundam fans in Japan as well as around the world.

The Freedom Gundam's popularity has led to it appearing in many video games since it was first seen. It has appeared in the Super Robot Wars series and the Gundam Versus games, along with many more games where it's been included. Also, there is a fantastic upcoming Metal Build toy released by Bandai Spirits in August.

Aside from the Freedom Gundam, there is the life-size Gundam Unicorn you can find in Odaiba and the RX-78-2 Gundam that walks around planned for construction in Yokohama. All these life-size Gundam statues being built, including the Freedom Gundam that will be coming to Shanghai, show that Gundam is growing exponentially in popularity worldwide.

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Gundam Fans Are Excited For More

Many Gundam fans are excited for yet another life-size Gundam statue being built. Fans are excited to see that the Freedom Gundam was the one Bandai Namco decided to make since it's a popular one.

Here are what fans on Twitter have to say about the Freedom Gundam coming to Shanghai, China:

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