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Gundam Front Tokyo (GFT) (ガンダムフロント東京 Gandamu Furonto Tōkyō?) was a museum and store themed after the Gundam franchise. It was located at Diver City Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. The store closed its doors on April 5, 2017 to make way for The Gundam Base Tokyo, which opened on August 19, 2017.

Overview

Gundam Front Tokyo opened on April 19, 2012 and occupied three different sections of the Diver City Tokyo Plaza mall, with the museum residing on the seventh floor.

Attractions

RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT Statue

First introduced in 2009, the 18 meter tall Gundam Statue made its permanent residence outside the mall in 2011. In 2012, it was upgraded with Magnetic Coating joint parts and decorated with a new livery. At 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., the statue's eyes lit up and the head turned left and right while the chest vents emitted smoke. During nighttime, the wall behind the Gundam acted as a theater screen that displayed featured short films while the Gundam was decorated in special lighting schemes.

The statue was dismantled on March 5, 2016 and replaced by The Life-Sized RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Statur on September 24, 2017.[1][2]

Featured films

Dome-G

The main attraction of the GFT museum, Dome-G was a domed theater that was 16 meters in diameter and was equipped with six projectors and 13 speakers. G-Dome played special short films that spanned the entire interior of the dome.

Featured films

RG 1/1 ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam Ver.GFT

A life-sized bust of the Strike Freedom Gundam located in the GFT museum. Guests were allowed to take photos on the Gundam's cockpit hatch.

1/1 FF-X7 Core Fighter Ver.GFT

A life-sized replica of the battle damaged Core Fighter as seen in episode 43 of Mobile Suit Gundam.

A Baoa Qu

A replica of the Principality of Zeon's space fortress that stood at 4.5 meters tall and 3 meters wide.

Character Photo Spot

In this section, guests could have their photos taken beside their favorite Gundam universe characters.

Gunpla Factory

In this section of the museum, guests could view the machine and molds that make Gunpla.

Gunpla Labo

Next to the Gunpla Factory was a small workshop where guests could assemble their Gunpla and color the box art.

Gundam Official Shop

A store that sold Gunpla and official GFT merchandise. A satellite branch in the form of a trailer shop was located just beside the 1/1 Gundam statue.

Gunpla Tokyo

A gallery of every Gunpla manufactured since 1980.

STRICT-G

A store that sells Gundam-themed clothing and apparel.

Gundam Café

Located on the second floor of the mall near the Gundam statue, the Gundam Café serves Gundam-themed food and drinks.

VR ZONE Project i Can

VR ZONE Project i Can was a virtual reality entertainment center run by Bandai Namco Entertainment that opened on April 15, 2015. On August 26, the center opened the Gundam VR Daiba Assault experience, where players clung to the hand of the Gundam Statue as it battled a Zaku. The experience was eight minutes long and cost ¥1,000. VR Project i Can operated at Diver City Tokyo until October 10, 2016.[3]

Closure

On December 1, 2016, Bandai announced that the Gundam statue would be dismantled on March 5, 2017. Gundam Front Tokyo closed April 5 and was relaunched in the summer as The Gundam Base Tokyo. The Gundam Base originally opened in South Korea in 2003 and in Taiwan in 2005, with 11 branches operating in the two countries.[4] There are also plans to make the Gundam statue walk by 2019.[5]

Official Goods

Gunpla Series Scale Model Series Yen Price Release Date Notes
High Grade Ver.G30th
G30thGFT
1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥1,645 2012 April Re-release of the Ver.G30th kit with Magnetic Coating joint parts, a 1/144 scale Amuro Ray figurine, and additional marking sheet and water slide decal sheet.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-NuGundam-GFT
1/144 RX-93 ν Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack ¥2,571 2012 April Color variant of HGUC-086 with additional marking sheet.
High Grade Gundam SEED
HGSEED-StrikeFreedomGundam-GFT
1/144 ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny ¥1,645 2012 April Re-release of HG SEED-34 with a display stand for the upper torso only, as well as an additional marking sheet to replicate the 1:1 scale bust displayed at the venue, plus 1/144 scale figurines of Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne.
Mega Size Model 1/48 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥8,023 2012 April Gloss color variant of MSM-01 with Magnetic Coating joint parts and additional marking sheet and water slide decal sheet.
Universal Century Hard Graph
UCHG-CoreFighter-GFT
1/35 FF-X7 Core Fighter Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥4,628 2012 April Re-release of UCHG-07 with additional water slide decal sheet to match the livery of the 1/1 scale Gundam statue.
Real Grade
RGGundam-GFT
1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥2,880 2012 July Re-release of RG-01 with a BA-1 display base and adapter to replicate the floating pose on the venue's promotional posters, as well as Magnetic Coating joint parts, a floating Amuro Ray figurine, and an extra marking sheet of the 1:1 scale Gundam statue's 2012 livery.
STRICT-G 1/200 RX-78-2 Gundam STRICT-G Gunpla Hanger Mobile Suit Gundam ¥5,250 2012 August STRICT-G t-shirt (black or white) bundled with a shirt hanger that contains two runners to build a 1/200 scale Gundam.
SD Gundam BB Senshi
BBSenshi-GFT-Gundam
N/A RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥1,029 2012 December Re-release of BB-329 with Magnetic Coating joint parts, a display base, and additional marking sheet.
Mega Size Model
MSM-Zaku-GFT
1/48 MS-06S Char's Zaku II Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥8,023 2012 December Gloss color variant of MSM-02 with and an additional marking sheet and water slide decal sheet.
Real Grade
RG-Zaku-GFT
1/144 MS-06S Char's Zaku II Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥2,880 2013 April Re-release of RG-02 with and an additional marking sheet.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Sazabi-GFT
1/144 MSN-04 Sazabi Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack ¥2,880 2013 April Re-release of HGUC-88 with additional marking sheet.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Acguy-GFT
1/144 MSM-04 Acguy Ver.GFT Tricolor Paint Gundam Stand at Jaburo ¥1,749 2013 April Color variant of HGUC-78 in Gundam colors with additional marking sheet.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Z'Gok-GM-GFT
1/144 Char's Z'Gok vs. GM Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥1,543 2013 July Twin pack containing color variants of HGUC-19 and HGUC-20.
Master Grade
MG-NuGundam-GFT
1/100 RX-93 ν Gundam Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack ¥7,200 2013 July Exclusive release of MG-163 with red psychoframe and additional marking sheet.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Phenex
1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex (Destroy Mode) Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam UC: One of Seventy Two ¥2,571 2013 August Parts and color variant of HGUC-100.
Perfect Grade 1/60 RX-78-2 Gundam (Mastermind Japan x STRICT-G Ver.) Mobile Suit Gundam ¥30,000 2013 August Matte black variant of PG-01. Includes custom tote bag.
Master Grade
MGRX-78-2GundamGFT
1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 GFT Mobile Suit Gundam ¥4,628 2013 December Gloss color variant of MG-178 with an additional sticker sheet to replicate the "Wall-G" projector screen on the cockpit hatch.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Banshee-GFT
1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee (Destroy Mode) Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ¥2,571 2013 December Release of HGUC-134 with darker gold psychoframe and additional left trigger hand.
SD Gundam BB Senshi
BBSenshi-GFT-Tricolor
N/A MSM-03 Gogg & MSM-04 Acguy & MSM-10 Zock Ver.GFT Tricolor Paint Gundam Stand at Jaburo ¥1,543 2013 December Color variant of BB-238 in Gundam colors.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Phenex-ColorClear
1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex (Destroy Mode) Ver.GFT Clear Color Ver. Mobile Suit Gundam UC: One of Seventy Two ¥2,571 2014 April Clear color variant of HGUC Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex.
SD Gundam BB Senshi
BBSenshi-GFT-GundamG3
N/A RX-78-3 Gundam "G-3" Ver.GFT Mobile Suit Variations ¥1,029 2014 April Color variant of BB-329 with Magnetic Coating joint parts, a display base, and additional marking sheet.
High Grade Universal Century
Unicorn-Odaiba-GFT
1/144 Unicorn Gundam 01 & 02 Ver.GFT [Strikes Odaiba Set] Mobile Suit Gundam UC: Neo Zeong Strikes Odaiba! ¥6,480 2014 August Color variant of HGUC-178 and HGUC-175.
High Grade Reconguista In G
GSelf-GFT
1/144 YG-111 Gundam G-Self (Atmosphere & Space Pack) Ver.GFT Metallic Color Gundam Reconguista in G ¥3,024 2015 March Metallic color variant of HGRG-01 and HGRG-05.
GFT Gunpla Factory
GFTGunplaFactory-Gundam
1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam Mobile Suit Gundam ¥550 2015 April All-new basic grade Gunpla kit with box for guests to color and assemble. Guests who purchase a ticket to the GFT Museum get the head parts runner as a free gift.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC-Phenex-TypeRC
1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex Type RC (Destroy Mode) Ver.GFT Limited Silver Coating Gundam Reconguista in G: From the Past to the Future ¥2,571 2015 April Silver chrome plated variant of HGUC Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex.
High Grade Universal Century 1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex Type RC(Destroy Mode) Ver.GFT Limited Silver Coating + BD Gundam Reconguista in G: From the Past to the Future ¥7,560 2015 July Silver chrome plated variant of HGUC Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex, bundled with Blu-ray Disc release of From the Past to the Future.
Real Grade 1/144 MSZ-006-3 Zeta Gundam III Ver.GFT Limited Color Competition of New Gundam - Red or White - ¥3,500 2015 November Color variant of RG-10. Fully transformable kit.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC Delta Gundam II Ver.GFT Limited Color
1/144 MSN-001-2 Delta Gundam II Ver.GFT Limited Color Competition of New Gundam - Red or White - ¥2,500 2015 November Color variant of HGUC-136. Transforms via parts-swapping.
GFT Gunpla Factory
GFTGunplaFactory-Gundam-Clear
1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam (Clear Ver.) Mobile Suit Gundam ¥550 2016 April Clear color variant of the GFT Gunpla Factory kit.
N/A
Gundam-AssemblyExperienceMeetingVer
1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam (Assembly Experience Meeting Ver.) Mobile Suit Gundam N/A 2016 May Simplified version of HGUC-191. Free promo item exclusively for attendees of the Assembly Experience Meeting.
Real Grade 1/144 MSZ-006-3 Zeta Gundam III Initial Verification Type GFT Clear Color Ver. Competition of New Gundam - Red or White - ¥3,400 2016 July Clear color variant of RG Zeta Gundam III Ver.GFT. Fully transformable kit.
High Grade Universal Century 1/144 MSN-001-2 Delta Gundam II Ver.GFT Limited Clear Color Ver. Competition of New Gundam - Red or White - ¥2,500 2016 July Clear color variant of HGUC Delta Gundam II Ver.GFT. Transforms via parts-swapping.
High Grade Gundam Thunderbolt 1/144 FA-78 Full Armor Gundam [Gundam Thunderbolt] Ver.GFT Limited Metallic Color Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt ¥3,000 2016 July Metallic color variant of HGGT-01.
High Grade Universal Century 1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex (Destroy Mode) Silver/Gold Plating Ver.GFT Set Mobile Suit Gundam UC: One of Seventy Two ¥10,800 2016 July Twin pack containing gold and silver chrome plated variants of HGUC Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex.
High Grade Universal Century
HGUC Gundam VerGFT Revive Editio
1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.GFT Revive Edition Mobile Suit Gundam ¥1,645 2016 December Release of HGUC-191 with display plate and marking sheet to replicate the 1/1 scale Gundam statue's livery. Released to commemorate the last days of the venue and statue at Diver City Tokyo in Odaiba.

Image Model Series Yen Price Release Date Notes
ZakuCushion
Zaku II Head Cushion Mobile Suit Gundam ¥3,980 2013 October
CharZakuCushion
Char's Zaku II Head Cushion Mobile Suit Gundam ¥3,980 2014 January Pink version with antenna.
AcguyPlush
Acguy Mini Stuffed Cushion Ver. GFT Gundam Stand at Jaburo ¥1,620 2014 July Decorated in Gundam colors.
AcguyCushion
Acguy Head Cushion Mobile Suit Gundam ¥4,104 2014 October Decorated in Gundam colors.
BeargguyPlush
Beargguy III Stuffed Cushion Gundam Build Fighters ¥3,240 2015 July
ZGokArmCushion
MSM-07S Char's Z'Gok Arm Cushion Mobile Suit Gundam ¥3,240 2015 October

Trivia

  • During the dismantling of the Gundam statue in 2016, the head and left arm were the first two parts to be removed as an homage to episode 43 of Mobile Suit Gundam, where the Gundam lost those parts during its battle with the MSN-02 Zeong.

See Also

References

  1. Life-Sized Gundam Statue Closing Ceremony
  2. Gundam Kits Collection - Life-Size Unicorn Gundam Grand Opening Details and News
  3. Anime News Network - Diver City Tokyo Hosts Gundam VR Experience Starting on August 26
  4. Gundam.info “THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO,” Japan’s first domestic Gunpla center, will open in summer 2017!
  5. Anime News Network - Bandai Takes Down Life-size Gundam Statue in Tokyo on March 5

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