Gundam Front Tokyo

August 7, 2012 at 18:00 | Posted in Events, Random rants | 2 Comments
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I recently went to Tokyo to pickup my ESP M-II CTM guitar from Ochanomizu and I planned my trip to coincide with the Summer Wonder Festival (pics coming soon). So to kill 3 birds with 1 stone, I also decided to visit Gundam Front Tokyo (GFT) in Odaiba.

So what exactly is GFT? It’s basically a small Gundam museum/attraction located at the 6th (or was it 7th?) floor of the Diver City Tokyo shopping mall in Odaiba. The free area includes a roomful of all gunpla from past to present; limited GFT merchandise shop; and a clothes shop.

To enter the main display area, you have to pay 1200yen admission fee. Tickets can be bought at the counter on the same day, but if it’s a public holiday, chances are tickets would be sold out. So a pre-purchased ticket (online or convenience store) was recommended. The first part of the main area is the Dome-G. As the name implies, it’s a dome-shaped screening area, where they show a 10-15 minute clip of various Gundam animations. It was fairly interesting, but because the footage is projected onto the dome, I had a mild neck strain from looking up too long.

After the screening, guests will be ushered to the main exhibit area which contains half of 1:1 scale Strike Freedom; a 1:1 scale damaged Core Fighter; a scale model of A-Baoa Qu and a character photo spot. That’s about it.

And finally if you venture outside the Diver City building, there you will find the 1:1 scale RX-78-2. No fancy gimmicks like rotating head and smoke from the chest vents this time, but it’s still impressive as ever. And just behind it, there’s a Gundam Cafe where you can eat a Bernie hamburger (just kidding).

Overall, I personally feel there’s very little attraction to warrant a 1200yen entry fee. The 1:1 scale Strike Freedom and Core Fighter looked amazing, but the neck-straining experience in the dome was a bummer. So enough talk, here’s some pics I took. Enjoy

 

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  1. Wish I could see the 1/1 RX-78 in person =3

  2. Don’t know if you figured it out, but it looks like you just weren’t there at the right time for the show. I visited Gundam Front in September and at regularly scheduled times, there is a light show with a giant video screen behind the RX-78 showing some anime scenes synched to the lights and music. The head movement and steam still happens. The cockpit hatch opens and a video screen shows Amuro inside talking as well. At night, the lights outside the mall all shut off and the show is pretty impressive.


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