Moving Gundam Statue Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Gundam Factory Yokohama is celebrating its first anniversary since the facility’s opening in December 19, 2020, with a variety of plans for the event.

From December 19, 2021 to January 31, 2022,
A Christmas tree commemorating the first anniversary will appear in the facility.

From December 19, 2021 to January 31, 2022, visitors can post photos of their memories from the opening of the facility up til now with the hashtag (#GFY1st) on Twitter. The photos will be posted on the gallery page of the official website for Gundam Factory Yokohama.

How to apply
(1) Follow the GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA official Twitter account (@gfy_official_).
(2) Complete the application by writing the following required information in your Twitter post.

Entry name (handle name is acceptable)
Photo title
The image you want to enter #GFY1st

From December 18, 2021 to January 31, 2022, commemorative latte art designed for the first anniversary of Gundam Factory Yokohama’s opening will be available at Gundam Café YOKOHAMA Satellite for a limited time.

The “Gundam Global Project” began as an ambitious project to realize the dream of creating a life size, 18m tall RX-78-2 Gundam that moves, the Gundam would later be dubbed RX-78F00 Gundam.With the tagline “Challenge the dream: When Gundam moves, the world moves.”, the project launched in 2014 but was stalled due to complications. In 2018, the project was revived for the Gundam 40th Anniversary.

The project was overseen by staff members from the realms of anime and film production to robotics and engineering. Masaki Kawahara, who’s helmed the creation of the three previous Gundam statues, serves as project manager. The Gundam utilizes a steel frame with a carbon resin exterior, powered by electrical actuators, and relies on Asratec Corp’s “V-Sido” operating system to generate motion. 

The Gundam Factory Yokohama opened December 19, 2020 as an amusement facility showcasing the moving 18m RX-78F00 Gundam statue. The facility consists of Gundam-Dock Tower, which allows visitors to see the Gundam much closer and Gundam Lab, a two story building featuring event spaces to learn about the statue’s design, structures and mechanisms through talk shows, lectures, research presentations and workshops. The Lab includes the Gundam Pilot View SoftBank 5G Experience, a VR dome that simulates a real time Gundam piloting experience from the cockpit using 5G technology courtesy of SoftBank. Located within the Gundam Lab is its own satellite Gundam Cafe and The Gundam Base with have their own unique menu and limited edition merchandise.

Source: Official Website

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