Gundam is a sci-fi communication series produced by Sunrise that revolves around giant robots (mechas) called “Gundam”.
Gundam is one of the most influential icons in the world and has a huge fan base. First aired in 1979 and a phenomenon in Japan, “Mobile Suit Gundam” (original name: “Kidou Senshi Gundam”) is one of the most popular, full-scale, long-running anime franchises. today.
Most recently, a giant robot model based on a character from this classic anime was tested in the Japanese city of Yokohama.
The robot has a height of 18m, weighing 25 tons
According to CNN, this humanoid robot is based on the prototype of the Gundam RX-78-2, which appeared in the Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979. With a height of 18 meters and weighing 25 tons, this robot is mounted. Combined from 200 parts made of mixed steel and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
Reportedly, the project to build a replica of the Gundam RX-78-2 started in 2014, and took 6 years to complete. Jun Narita, the project’s chief design engineer, said the production team had to carefully select the right material so that the robot was as light as possible. Specifically, if made entirely of steel, the robot’s hand alone weighs up to 0.5 tons – too heavy to move because the knee joint cannot bear the robot’s weight.
This robot can perform movements such as walking, kneeling
In the latest test video released by the manufacturer, the Gundam RX-78-2 can perform movements such as walking, kneeling or raising hands. This video quickly stormed social media. After watching the video, many netizens commented that this robot has ‘realized’ the dream of thousands of fans when bringing the robot models of the Gundam series into real life.
As planned, in October 2020, the robot will be officially introduced at the Gundam Factory Yokohama – an entertainment center set to open in Tokyo, exclusively for Gundam series fans. However, due to the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, the center will delay the launch date to a new time, possibly later this year.
Watch the video of the Gundam RX-78-2 moving during the latest test in Japan
Gundam robot testing in Japan