Reaction to the deconstruction and departure of the 18 meter tall landmark Gundam statue in Tokyo's Odaiba area was bittersweet, but with the announcement that the previous RX-78-2 Gundam would be replaced by a bigger and better full scale Unicorn Gundam with special transformation abilities, complaints weren't heard for long. This past weekend, the new and improved Unicorn Gundam was unveiled in Odaiba's Diver City, and it is easily the biggest and most impressive Mobile Suit statue yet!

Standing at 19.7 meters tall, this RX-0 Unicorn Gundam clocks in at a one-to-one scale, and doesn't just sport improvements in size. The new Gundam features a movable head, and transforms between Unicorn Mode and Destroy Mode (complete with flashing lights and epic anime soundtrack) throughout the day at scheduled times.

The transformation sequences are rather short, and only scheduled to happen four times throughout the day, but they make for a pretty fun spectacle, particularly during the evening. Access information can be found at the statue's official website. Transformations occur at 11:00/13:00/15:00/17:00 throughout the day, with an evening schedule of anime video and audio clips played from 19:30-21:30.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.