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Gundam’s replacement statue unveiled in Odaiba

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    Workers erected a full-size model of Japan’s popular robot animation character Gundam together at a shopping mall in Tokyo’s Daiba bay area. The statue transforms from “unicorn mode” to “destroy mode,” as seen in the TV shows.

TOKYO >> Gundam’s upgrade was unveiled in Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront district Sept. 24, giving hope to its corporate sponsors that the giant robot statue will become a new tourist attraction ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The 65-foot-tall Unicorn Gundam replaces the previous model, which was removed in March.

“I know that many people were waiting so long for this day to arrive. I was one of them,” said Toshinobu Maeda, managing director of Tokyo Port Terminal Corp., which is in charge of the project.

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