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A life-size Gundam statue is pictured at the 2010 Shizuoka Hobby Fair in Shizuoka's Aoi Ward on July 24, 2010. (Mainichi)
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An 18-meter-tall life-size Gundam statue has appeared in the center of Shizuoka -- the world capital of plastic model manufacturers.

The 2010 Shizuoka Hobby Fair started on July 24 at Higashi-Shizuoka square in the city's Aoi Ward, featuring the gigantic monument of the combat robot from the popular animated series "Mobile Suit Gundam," as well as the history and technology of plastic figures.

Shizuoka is known as the home to the head offices and factories of many plastic model manufactures, including Bandai Co. and Tamiya Inc. The Gundam statue was first unveiled in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront last summer.

The event also introduces various plastic figures produced by six manufacturers at the Hobby Museum.

During the pre-opening event held on the evening of July 23, the Gundam statue was lit in rainbow colors. Singer Takanori Nishikawa, who sings the commemorative song for the 30th anniversary of the launch of first Gundam plastic model kit, as well as the animated series' director, Yoshiyuki Tomino, attended the celebration.

A total of about 900,000 people are expected to visit the exhibition, which will run through March 27, 2011.

August 2, 2010

 
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