Bandai Namco has announced the next site of their “Gundam Manhole Project”. They have donated two Gundam manholes to be installed in Mibu, Tochigi Prefecture, also known as the “Toy Town”, in reference to the city’s rich toy manufacturing history.
The manholes come in two designs based on local attractions in Mibu. The RX-78-2 Gundam version includes the Mibumachi Toy Museum with a “Haro” designed based on a calabash for one of the town’s specialities, Kanpyo. The MSN-02 Zeong version, the final rival machine of the Gundam, features the “Pendle Princess” and “Gramophone”, both attractions at the local Omocha no Machi Bandai Museum, and Mibu’s speciality strawberries.
From Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 8, 2022, the Gundam version manhole will be exhibited at the Mibumachi Toy Museum, while the
Zeong version will be displayed at the Omocha no Machi Bandai Museum. May 10, 2022 the Gundam manholes will be exhibited at the new Mibu Town Hall and lastly, in Mid-July the manholes will be installed.
Announced in 2020, the “Gundam Manhole Project” is an initiative by the Bandai Namco Group’s cross-sectional “Gundam Project” in cooperation with local governments across Japan to promote tourism to those regions using the Gundam brand, as well as express the bond between Gundam fans transcending generations. The first of these Gundam manholes were installed in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, the hometown of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Source: Gundam Info