After building the RX-78-2 kit from Bandai’s newest line, Real Grade, Syd took the Shinkansen to Shizuoka, camera in hand, to see the real thing!
Once there Syd joined the hundreds of fans on their pilgrimage to see what may be the closest we get to the real thing, the 18 meter tall RX-78-2 that was erected at Higashi-Shizuoka station. An event like this doesn’t happen often and there was a festival atmosphere in the air as snack stands, souvenir shops, and even a stage for live music surrounded the massive Mobile Suit. Every 30 minutes music would come over the speakers and the Gundam’s lights would flash, steam come from its vents, and its head turn side to side. Everyone would stop what they were doing and, craning their necks upwards, stare at the spectacle.
A very rare event also means very rare merchandise and Syd the trooper stood in the long line to get his shot to purchase the limited edition model kits (and cookies!) they were selling at this event. Ecopla, Real Gundam SD kits, 1/144 scale Real Gundam Project kits as well as the Real Grade RX-78-2 were stacked high waiting for eager hands to grab them. They were even selling the Real Grade kit at the souvenir and snack shops inside the train station!
Alas, all good things much come to an end and, loaded like a pack-mule, Syd made his way back home bringing this video footage with him.