On February 20, 2023, Gundam.info announced an extension on the display of the moving life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue in the Gundam Factory Yokohama facility, till 31 March 2024.
The statue had originally slated to close on 31st March 2022 but was extended to 31 March 2023.
The website has also stated the reason for the extension to be an increase in demand for the statue from fans not only in Japan but also from international fans.
The 18-meter-high (59-foot-tall) life-size, moving Gundam held its grand opening for public viewing in December 2020.
Bandai Namco currently has four life-size Gundam statues on display including Sunrise’s RX-78-2 Gundam.
A life-size “transforming” RX-0 Unicorn Gundam statue from the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn anime is situated at Tokyo’s Diver City complex since, September 2017. It replaced a previous, mostly immobile RX-78-2 Gundam statue.
The life-size statue of the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed is in Shanghai since May 2021.
The RX-93ffν Gundam, heavily based on Amuro Ray’s RX-93 ν Gundam that appeared in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack anime film, debuted in Fukuoka’s Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport in April 2022.