10 January 2013
Gundam Front Tokyo Part 2
After visiting the 1:1 Gundam outside, it's time to check out the indoor features inside Diver City Tokyo. It's situated on the 7th floor of the plaza. Upon entry, it's split into the free and paid admission zones.
The floor guide. The grey area on the left is free area, while the black area on the right is admission zone.
Gunpla Tokyo, a general collection and display of Gunpla that are released so far since 1980
The evolution of RX-78-2 Gunpla for various scales
1/100 MSV Zeon mobile suits: Agguguy, Agg, and Zogok
From left to right: One of the early 1/144, HGUC 1/144, and RG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam.
1/144 MSV Zeon mobile suits: Zaku Cannon, Zaku Tank, and Zaku Marine Type
More 1/144 MSV Zeon mobile suits: Zaku Reconnaissance Type, Zaku Flipper, and Zaku Minelayer
1/144 Earth Federation mobile suits: GM Sniper Custom, Guncannon 2, and GM Cannon
1/144 FAZZ and Zeta Plus from Gundam Sentinel photonovel
Mobile Suits from Gundam ZZ anime: Jamru Fin and Ga-Zowmnn. Hope a lot of these MS from the pictures above will get an updated version for future release soon or later!
1/100 Earth Federation mobile suits Heavygun, Javelin, Gundam F-91, and Guntank R-44 from movie Mobile Suit: Gundam F-91
1/100 Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits Den'an Zon and Vigna Ghina from movie Mobile Suit: Gundam F-91
The first 1/144 and the recent HGUC 1/144 Nu Gundam and Sazabi in comparison
SD Gundam Epyon and Wing Gundam (and a tiny SD Shenlong Gundam)
Always wanted to see in person how big Gundam 0083's GP-03 Dendrobium is compared to Gundam SEED's METEOR~
(Then) Upcoming new Gunpla in December, including the highly anticipated RG 1/144 Zeta Gundam and MG 1/100 Nu Gundam Ver.Ka
Limited merchandise from Gundam Front Tokyo. Most of them are slight modifications of existing Gunpla
Large mural of Wing Gundam Zero Custom as I queued up to watch a short movie before entering Dome-G, the paid area for the venue (1000 Yen per adult)
While queuing for the entry to watch the short movie in a dome shape theatre, there are cautionary videos telling you what to do and what not to do by Gihren Zabi and Lacus Clyne in turns, with anime clips from Mobile Suit: Gundam and Gundam SEED Destiny as background reference. ^^
The short movie itself introduces the world of Gundam, briefly mentioning each of the video series released so far, as well as featuring some of the big battle scenes, and finally showing off the duel between Amuro in Nu Gundam and his rival Char Aznable in Sazabi in CG.
Huge diorama with Earth Federation forces clashing with Zeon forces!
Design schematics and mockup up the first ever Gunpla on display
Gundam diorama kits
MSV (Mobile Suit Variation) design arts by Okawara Kunio
Box art for Gundam 0083 Gunpla
Some of the early Gundam-related gashapons
A large Gundam Ryubi statue from SD Sangokuden
Gundam related gashapon pellet shooter
Gundam 00 Gunpla box art
Gundam AGE Gunpla box art
Huge signboard of various seiyuus (voice actors) of various Gundam series
1:1 scale magnetic coating part for Gundam joints
1/20 scale RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. G30th, based on the 1:1 Gundam
1:1 scale Strike Freedom Gundam's bust. The wings are only background image on the wall though
1:1 scale core fighter from the RX-78-2 after the final battle
Inside the cockpit of the core fighter
Depictions of how big the warships in Gundam franchise will be in 1/144 scale. It's a size that won't be practical to build as models for sure!
Zeon's final space fortress A Baoa Qu in miniature form!
A poor picture, but one worth noticing: The White Base infiltrated the base, with 2 Guncannons below it. There are also a pair of GMs escorting a escape craft as depicted in Gundam The Ride: A Baoa Qu.
There are display screens of characters projected in 1:1 scale whom you can choose to take pictures with together. For a random character the peculiar Death God from MS IGLOO 2 is displayed here.
Leaving the admission zone and one will see the Strict-G shop, which sells items like t-shirts and bags with Gundam references
Some of the Strict-G t-shirts on display
A huge mural of the Gundam above the entrance as I was leaving the place.
The whole Gundam Front Tokyo feature had been a blast to visit: Getting to see the Gundam in life size, as well as going through the history of Gunpla, seeing what has been released in the past, as well as the grand displays in the admission zone, and of course the short movie in the dome-shaped theatre (of which photos and video recording are not allowed so I can only describe it in words)! Unlike previous features, the Gundam Front Tokyo does not seem to have an end date at the moment, so I do recommend Gundam fans who are planning to visit Tokyo to check it out!
Odaiba Gundam Front Tokyo