A giant 60-foot Japanese robot has taken its first steps

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A giant 60-foot Japanese robot has taken its first steps… sort of.

Build the huge robot, which is based on the hugely popular Gundam robot that was introduced in 1979 in Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise’s anime series Mobile Suit Gundamstarted in January.

While the ongoing pandemic has brought many construction projects to a halt, the actual Gundam robot has still managed to make progress.

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The robot weighs 25 tons, with each of its 6.5-foot-long hands alone weighing 1,300 pounds. He also has fully articulated fingers.

In a video shared in July, you can see construction workers circling the big robot on a crane. The robot can then be seen moving its upper body back and forth before attempting to walk.

While the bot does not have in fact move, from a distance (and with one eye closed), it looks like it did.

Twitter user @yoshi115t gave updates on the robot’s progress in real life and was quite excited that it was almost taking its first steps.

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I saw him raise and lower his legs, but for the first time I saw him bend over and lean forward. It seems awkward now, but it’s probably in the testing phase (just like the full-scale Unicorn Gundam transformation).

The Yokohama Gundam Factory was supposed to hold a preview event for its big bot in July, but had to postpone it due to the ongoing health crisis. The company now hopes to launch the robot “within the year”.

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Special Experience Preview Event which was scheduled to begin in July and to postpone our grand opening scheduled for October 2020.

We plan to have our grand opening within the year. Details will be announced as they become available.

This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our fans and employees in response to the global spread of COVID-19. We apologize to all of our fans who have been looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding.

In the meantime, we will make preparations so that all our visitors can enjoy themselves safely.

Although fans can’t see the giant robot for themselves just yet, they can keep up to date with its progress online.

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