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For all of my posts of my trips in Japan so far, I have been doing them chronologically, but this one is going to be out of order. I wanted to get this one published not too late, but it’s second to last with 3 trips in April, 5 in May, and 3 in June that is ahead of it. So that’s why this post going to be out of order.
So just where am I going for my second to last trip? Well, I’m crossing the famous Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo by car, and if you click the 1st image, you will see that I am heading to Odaiba! Seeing the 1/1 Gundam is a must, but before that, this will be part 1 of 3, where in part 1 we will be going up to the highest floor for the Gundam Front Tokyo’s paid section. Of which not much bloggers have talked about, I think.
Getting close, and oh! Gundam spotted!
Best diorama ever?
In the building behind the 1/1 Gundam, on the highest floor is Gundam Front Tokyo.
I love that gigantic poster that stretches over the entire wall. It looks much nicer in person than on my camera. And that sole Guncannon adds to a 3d space feeling when you stare at it, if you know what I mean.
Their prized Gundam Front Tokyo logo and the entrance, looking nice with all those blue LED lights. Even the bathrooms are fully decorated! Noble Gundam for females, and the God Gundam for males. Hmm…
And onwards to the paid zone we go!
I dub this the Hallway of Awesome.
Cut-ins of main Gundam protagonists line the hallway with the Wing Gundam Zero Endless Waltz ver. taking center stage. Just awesome.
(The 1st image only has an impact on those that knows Japanese. Me explaining it will take away the impact.)
Coolsome gate and some mobile suits streaking across the wall. Can you name all of them?
While waiting for the gate to open, in addition to staring at Wing Zero EW on the wall, there is also this video to you to watch. It basically tells you what the rules are and what you are not allowed to do in the facility. I apologize for me being short, and also the guys in front for not being considerate as I was filming.
So through the gate is the Dome-G, which is a dome and a projector projects a short movie onto the 360° ceiling. It was really cool, showcases many Gundam series, a couple fight scenes and was even narrated by Char Aznable.
And out the other side is all dark and blue. The stripes of mobile suits across the wall continues. Here, photography is allowed except for a certain section that has to do with artworks and stuff in glass cases and photo frames.
1/1 Strike Freedom Gundam! By far, this will catch your eyes the most. Yes, this is 1/1 in scale, although it is not the entirety of the Gundam. The wings are actually not real and are printed on the walls. I’m sure that you can still see that they put a lot of effort into it. I could see some people being disappointed but I say that this 1/1 Strike Freedom Gundam is awesome. Enjoy the gallery of the Strike Freedom below.
There is a current project in development where Bandai plans to build some bridges and allow people to climb onto the cockpit of the Strike Freedom to take pictures in front of the head. You probably won’t get to sit down and pretend that you are piloting it though. Just a picture and go I would expect.
A long screen that has flashy lights, and the Axis asteroid on the far-right.
There is also a screen that shows what’s going on outside at the 1/ RX78-2 Gundam in real time. Time to spy, or so you think but the ground is actually blurred out. The video can change to something else too, such as some clips from Gundam X.
On the right is A Baoa Qu in 1/7500 scale. The little dots all over it are actually a bunch of mobile suits in 1/7500 scale. Pretty amazing to see.
On the left is a display where you get to select one of the many characters in the Gundam series and take a picture with that character. I didn’t have anyone to take a picture for me, so I took one of other people. I hope that they won’t mind me as I blurred out their faces.
And lastly, a 1/1 scale Core Fighter. The cockpit was somewhat interesting to look at. It feels very vintage and overall, I would just rather cover up the cockpit. The rest of the fighter is detailed and weather. A video of the place below, so that you can get a better idea of how the place is laid out.
So that does it for the paid section, of what I am allowed to photograph at least. I honestly don’t understand why you are not allowed to photograph certain things, but it can’t be helped I guess. Gundam Front Tokyo is always changing with new updates and etc. I don’t know when my next visit will ever be, but I’m hoping for some Gundam UC or Gundam 00 things the next time I go. So next up will be the free section of Gundam Front Tokyo. Specifically, the Gunpla room. Stay tune!