When one wants to discuss Japanese popular culture, none permeates Japanese society more than Mobile Suit Gundam. The franchise birthed countless animated series, movies, spin offs, soundtracks and model kits for 4 decades. The cultural impact of Gundam is immense, with Japan dedicating entire museums to the franchise as well as its military using “Gundam” as a code name for various projects. Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the franchise, the long-planned moving Gundam at the Gundam Factory Yokohama has finally been completed. This is an operation test video of the iconic 18m life-sized RX-78-2 model, which will be accessible to visitors in the very near future.

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