Monday, April 30, 2012

Macross 30th Anniversary Exhibit and Inside Gundam Front

Two big updates today.  Finally, some more recent footage of now opened Gundam Front at Diver City and the Macross 30th Anniversary Exhibit.  Both look wonderful, but the Macross exhibit is unfortunately a temporary exihibit that will run from April 28, 2012 to May 6, 2012 - just over a week.
Macross 30th Anniversary Exhibit
I didn't know this was even planned, but I found out about it yesterday.  I had just returned from Calgary Comic Expo and stumbled across the post on Reddit that night.  The convention was pretty crowded and they had some interesting lock outs as the facilities were deemed too crowded by the Fire Marshall. Anyhow, just when I thought nothing big was happening, this exhibit pops up and makes me wish I was in Tokyo to see it at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro.

It looks like there is a very nice set of displays about all of the Macross series and bios of a large number of the characters with life-size pictures and card board cutouts.  The big attraction is the 1:1 scale model of the VF-25 Messiah Valkyrie in pseudo Gerwalk mode. You can even sit or stand on one of the hands to have your picture taken on it!  Also present are 3 life-size models of your Macross femme fatales Lynn Minmay, Sheryl Nome, and Ranka Lee.  There are many models, the gift shop, and even a themed cafe to visit.

Since I can't get there, and maybe you cannot either, here is a nice 7 minute video for us instead :)
A nice post about the other parts of the exhibit at Mecha Guy (gift shop, displays, etc.)
Great post on Gundam Guy about the exhibit, which I saw on Reddit.
Inside the Macross Cafe!

UPDATE: The Macross is now on exhibit at the Tokyo Skytree in the Chiba Institute of Tech Museum.

Inside Diver City Gundam Front
Lots of new movies and such finally showing up on Youtube about Gundam Front at Diver City.  I've been waiting to see what it looks like on the inside.  It looks like there is an absolutely massive collection of Gundam models in a showroom, with many photo spots with various Gundam themed displays, and large scale models of the Gundams.  Very nice indeed and I will definitely try to see it.  Check the second movie for an inside tour!

All Photos used under the creative commons license from Flickr by Takashi H

Outside Gundam 1:1 Statue at Diver City.  There is a big projected lightshow at night with the Gundam lighting up with smoke effects and such. 

Exterior of Gundam Front inside the mall.
Big Bust
Core Fighter and asteroid base.

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