Are you really surprised by anything anymore in 2020? We left the normal timeline months, if not years, ago.
In a completely run-of-the-mill turn of events by recent standards, a Japanese company has successfully showcased a huge 60-feet (18.2-meters) Gundam robot walking about as if these things were normal.
Based on a 1970s Japanese animation show called 'Mobile Suit Gundam', the robot weighs a staggering 25 tonnes. Thankfully, the machine itself doesn't stagger, it's as sure-footed as you'd ever hoped a walking mecha giant could be.
See the robot in action
At the Port of Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, passersby might be forgiven for thinking they've fallen asleep and woken up in an anime dreamworld at the Gundam Factory amusement park.
As the sped-up video below shows, a recent walking test of the Gundam robot, showed it walking unaided as well as kneeling down in a power stance.
Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode.pic.twitter.com/51HVoraPb7— Catsuka (@catsuka) September 21, 2020
Back in July, Interesting Engineering reported that the huge humanoid robot will make its full debut at the Gundam Factory Yokohama on October 1, 2020. However, as UniLad reports, the RX-78 Gundam robot's full unveiling has unsurprisingly been put on hold due to COVID-19.
"This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our fans and employees in response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19," a statement on the website reads.
"We apologize to all of our fans who were looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding. In the meantime, we will be making preparations so that all of our visitors can enjoy themselves in safety."
Impressive mecha maneuverability
To get a better idea of the immense scale of the machine take a look at the clip below, in which the robot turns its head to have a look at a group of puny construction workers next to its head.
観客席にロックオン！ pic.twitter.com/vvh52rJn5K— なんちゃん（祝ガンプラ40周年） (@nansei2) September 20, 2020
In Japan, which perhaps has a more robo-friendly society than anywhere else in the world, building a huge life-size Gundam robot in 2020 might seem like a good idea. For the rest of us, we'll just sit and pray that it doesn't get connected to Skynet.