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Dec 2, 2016
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At some point in your life you’ve probably seen the life-sized Gundam statue on your news feed. Inspired by the geek-tastic spectacle, you were inspired to go and visit Japan.

Unfortunately, the 18-meter Gundam statue, which serves as both a tourist attraction and a popular hangout spot for Gundam fans, will be taken down next year, Kotaku reports.

According to the gaming site, the Gundam located at Tokyo’s Odaiva area will be deconstructed on March 5, 2017.

But the good news is there are already plans to build a new Gundam statue, which will most likely coincide with the popular franchise’s 40th anniversary in 2019.

The current Gundam statue is based on pilot Ray Amuro’s RX-78-2 mobile suit unit, as seen in the Mobile Suit Gundam series in 1979.

It was erected in its current location in 2012 but there were also previous Gundam statue displays as early as 2009.

Meanwhile, here’s a cool video of the Gundam statue:

Since this news is kind of saddening, here are five things we miss about the Gundam series:

1) Singing the opening song of Gundam Wing
Who can forget this cool opening theme? Just wild beat, communication!

2) Domon Kasshu’s Shining Finger 
Watch it at the 48-second mark.

3) Heero Yuy’s badass moment in Gundam Wing
Not sure whether we’ll cry or laugh at this one but this is a classic.

4) Epic space fights
The Gundam franchise was one of the few animes, especially during the ‘90s, that offered large scale space warfare.

5) Checking out others’ gunpla kit collection
Your childhood was awesome if you grew up collecting, building and displaying these gunplay kits.

 

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