First there was 1/1-scaled GUNDAM Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo - now Kobe's Wakamatsu Park will have their very own giant robot = a 18 meters tall, 50 ton TETSUJIN 28-go! (wiki / Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Ironman #28 or Gigantor). The above posted-video is of it's state of construction [CLICK THRU for construction / still-images] and you can check out the project via it's official website @ www.kobe-tetsujin.com [all images via] ... no, it's Giant Japanese Robots that are gonna take over the world!
AnimeNewsNetwork-reports: "The parts of the 59-foot-tall statue will be transported to the final site at Kobe's Wakamatsu Park for assembly at the end of July. It was scheduled to be constructed in August, but its completion is now planned for the end of September with a ceremony on October 4. (The initial plans called for a spring 2008 opening.) ... Unlike the Gundam statue, the Tetsujin 28-gō statue will be a permanent installation with no moving parts."
"The Kobe Tetsujin Project's statue is intended as a symbol of the city's revival after the 1995 Kobe Earthquake. It is being build in Nagata Ward, the city's hardest hit neighborhood which has since been rebuilt and revitalized. The statue also celebrates the life of one of Kobe's most well-known native sons, as Yokoyama not only created the Tetsujin 28 manga and anime, but also Giant Robo and Sally the Witch."
[Above text via AnimeNewsNetwork / More information can be found via The Kobe Shimbun / in Japanese]
[A selection of Kobe Project posters can be found via www.kobe-tetsujin.com]
Image Source: All original images via Kobe Tetsujin Project