During the “1st Gundam Conference” held on June 15 in Tokyo, Japan, Bandai-Namco Group announced their plans to develop a new life-size Gundam statue from the popular anime franchise.
According to Koji Fujiwara, CGO (Chief Gundam Officer) of Bandai Namco Entertainment, the project is “already underway” and the details will be announced at the “2nd Gundam Conference” to be held this fall.
The current Gundam statue series includes the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam in Odaiba, Tokyo, the moving RX-78F00 Gundam at Yamashita Pier in Yokohama, and the Freedom Gundam in Shanghai, China.
During the conference, Fujiwara also presented the live action “Mobile Suit Gundam” movie that Sunrise is co-producing with Legendary, which will be distributed by Netflix. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts gave a video message and Fujiwara spoke about the film, “It’s progressing steadily. Please wait a little longer for its completion.”
At the Gundam Conference, the Bandai Namco Group launched the GUNDAM UNIVERSAL CENTURY DEVELOPMENT ACTION (GUDA), a cross-group sustainability project using the Gundam IP to solicit new ideas and technologies to deal with various social issues such as population and global environmental issues.
The Gundam series from its inception has sounded the alarm about the increasing population, deteriorating environment, and has encouraged human innovation. The Bandai-Namco Group believes that “the message of population and global environmental issues in Gundam is valuable for the future of humanity” and, taking the lessons of the Universal Century as a guide, will “aim for a better world under the banner of Gundam, and join hands with fans and partners around the world to take various actions for the children of the future.”