Gundam robot built in China as popular Japanese character goes global

A life-size Gundam robot has been built in China as the popular character goes global following the success of the giant robot replica constructed at a pier in Japan. The 59ft-high structure was given a ceremonial dragon dance as it was unveiled to the public after its installation outside a shopping centre in Shanghai on April 26. The robot had a total of 288 parts which took five months to produce including a 10ft-high head and another four months to put together. Shanghai’s Gundam – rumoured to have been upgraded to light up at night – is an expansion of the RX-78-2 replica at Yokohama port and will make an official debut on May 28. Kawai Yeung who saw the giant robot’s head being installed said he was amazed at how big the structure was. He said: ‘It was like a giant toy which makes it more fun to watch. It looked very real which gave me the goosebumps.’ Gundam is part of an anime franchise created by Yoshiyuki Tomino. According to data from Business Wire, the Gundam franchise had amassed more than five billion dollars in global sales by the year 2000. By 2018, Gundam – also known as Gunpla – had become of one of the top 15 highest-grossing media franchises of all time with more than 20 billion dollars in total revenue. The creation is owned by Bandai Namco Holdings.