On the futuristic island of Tokyo, Odaiba, in front of the modern “DiverCity” shopping center, is the life-size statue of one of the most iconic characters in Japanese animation, the giant robot “Gundam”.
First launched in 1979 as a television series, the Gundam Series franchise that had great success that also included manga, movies, and collectible models, among others. The series unfolds in the future when humans have colonized space and use humanoid combat vehicles called "mobile Gundam suits."
The Unicorn Gundam is the newest attraction in the franchise. The model is a life-size replica of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam UC. This statue is 19.7 meters high. The Gundam is normally in Unicorn mode, marked with a single antenna protruding from its head. However, at specific times, you can see the Gundam in Destroy mode.
During the transformation, the armor plates move to one side and the unicorn horn, which is actually an antenna, is divided into two and adopts a configuration similar to ornamentation in a samurai helmet. The process takes about 10 seconds.
Daytime show: 4 times / day: At 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 hours, the transformation of the Unicorn Gundam to Destroy takes place (approx. 1 min).
Night show: 5 times / day: At 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
There is a light and sound show, with a projection of the Gundam anime on the screens behind the statue.
In addition to the Unicorn Gundam, you can find the Gundam Café, just behind the statue. Despite the name, coffee has no room to sit. Instead, he sells snacks and take-away souvenirs with a Gundam theme. Also, next to the statue is a small shop called "Gundam Trailer Shop" where items related to the franchise are sold.
On the seventh floor of the “Divercity” shopping center there is a larger official store called “Gundam Base Tokyo”, full of Gundam models and many other collectibles.
The Gundam is one of the most important icons of the island of Odaiba and a symbol of the high technological level of Japan.