Statues for sale at the "Art of Gundam" exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo
Tanaka Precious Metals is producing a series of solid gold and solid silver statues for the upcoming "Art of Gundam" exhibition in Tokyo, and these statues have price tags that would make even the most die-hard Mobile Suit Gundam otaku do a double-take.
The "RX-78-2 GUNDAM Featuring ROBOT Spirits" statues are made of 1000 grams (35.3 ounces) of solid gold and sell for 20 million yen ($161,212.40 US) including tax. Its companion piece, the "SILVER950 RX78-2 GUNDAM Featuring ROBOT Spirits" is made of silver and sells for 648,000 yen ($5223.28 US) including tax. These statues are the same size as the 1/144 scale HG series of Gundam models.
Tanaka is also creating gold and silver statues based on the Gundam Converge line of toys. The "GUNDAM CONVERGE THE ART OF GUNDAM-LIMITED-ver.GOLD" sells for 3,780,000 yen ($30,469.14 US) including tax. The "GUNDAM CONVERGE THE ART OF GUNDAM-LIMITED-ver.SILVER" sells for 270,000 yen ($2176.37 US) including tax. These statues are 55 millimeters (2.17 inches) tall.
Finally, for the more frugal fans, Tanaka is producing a series of three different art cards printed on 1 gram sheets of platinum. These cards sell for the more modest price of only 15,000 yen ($120.91 US).
All of these luxury goods will be available at the "Art of Gundam" Exhibition that runs from July 18 to September 27 at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. The "RX-78-2 GUNDAM Featuring ROBOT Spirits" statue will also be available at the Ginza Tanaka store after the exhibition concludes.
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