Many people around the world have are interested in robots. And automated machines are becoming more and more a part of everything that we do—how we interact, how we build, how we travel, even how we eat.
But few countries have a relationship with robots quite like Japan does.
Japanese robot tech is at the forefront of what humanity has achieved. And its culture is full of stories, characters, and toys that involve robotics. One of the most popular is mecha—giant robots that do battle and carry out heroic missions. And the biggest mecha franchise is Gundam—it's like the Star Wars of Japan.
For decades, these mechas have stomped, smashed, flown, and battled through the imaginations of fans across Japan and around the world. And now, a life-size Gundam robot walks among us. Literally.
At the Gundam Factory Yokohama amusement park, engineers have begun running movement tests on a 18-metre (59-foot) tall RX-78-2 Gundam. Check it out!
— なんちゃん（祝ガンプラ40周年） (@nansei2) September 20, 2020
Opening this December (we hope!)
That is one BIG robot!
The huge bot is a replica of the RX-78-2, the signature Gundam model. It is the feature attraction at the brand new amusement park. Gundam Factory Yokohama was supposed to be open to the public by now, but the pandemic delayed this event.
Now organizers say that the park will open on December 19. So they're testing the RX-78-2 to make sure it is ready for the big day! Based on what we've seen so far, it should be one amazing sight to see.
Watch more of the bot in motion in the video below!
Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode.pic.twitter.com/51HVoraPb7
— Catsuka (@catsuka) September 21, 2020