The only thing crazier than building a 59-foot-tall robot is building a 59-foot-tall robot that doesn't work. Well, this 1:1 scale replica of the RX-78 Gundam from the classic Japanese sci-fi series Mobile Suit Gundam was able to move its head, emit light and steam, and generally look cool, but that's about it.
Still, that didn't deter millions of Japanese gawkers from trekking out to Shiokaze park on Tokyo Bay to view the behemoth, built by toymaker Bandai to commemorate the popular franchise's 30th anniversary.
It was disassembled at the end of August. A source at Bandai tells me it's currently in storage in northern Japan, but the Sankei newspaper has reported that it will rise again next year in the city of Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo.
This photo by the talented gentleman behind Pink Tentacle is one of many awesome photos he took. As one Tentacle reader commented, "Need to wipe the nerd drool from my mouth."