Watch this ‘life-size’ Gundam robot on the move!

The incredible 18-metre tall machine was made at the Gundam Factory Yokohama amusement park
gundam There have been enormous Gundam replicas in Japan before, such as this one from 2012. But they didn't move ... (Photo 67039643 © -

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.

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Gundam is beloved in Japan, and has many fans around the globe. (Getty Embed)

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!

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!

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  1. I want to see the robot walk. I want to see it fire lasers. I want to see it climb the Parliament buildings.

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