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Life-size Gundam robot caught on video moving, kneeling

The 60-foot-tall robot is to be the centerpiece of a new amusement park near Tokyo.
FILE IMAGE: An 18-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam stands over visitors to a Tokyo waterfront park Saturday, July 18, 2009. The full-size model of Japan's popular robot animation character was built, marking the 30th anniversary of the start of broadcasting of the animation. Gundam is a giant robot that has a roll in the era of space wars. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

A 60-foot-tall replica of a Gundam Robot in Japan that actually moves has been taken for a test spin, with videos showing it kneeling, moving its head and pointing to the sky in a fluid motion.

The life-size replica of the RX-78 model Gundam is at the Gundam Factory amusement park in Yokohama near Tokyo, according to Complex and Hypebeast.

Video of the motion tests shared on social media show the Gundam walking forward and backward, slowly kneeling and standing up, pointing to the sky, moving its fingers and head and opening its eyes.

Complex reports the park was set to open in October. Like many other things, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed that.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is quite the Gundam fan. She tweeted she was, "Standing by and ready to suit up" after seeing the video.

Gundam is based on a Japanese anime cartoon that debuted in 1979.

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