Life-Sized Macross Frontier VF-25F in GERWALK Mode Appears at Tokyo Skytree

Life-Sized Macross Frontier VF-25F バルキリー VF-25F
Life-sized Macross Frontier VF-25F Valkyrie
© 2007 Big West / Macross Frontier Production Committee / MBS
© 2009, 2011 Big West / Macross Frontier the Movie Production Committee

On February 22nd, the Chiba Institute of Technology Tokyo Skytree Town Campus, located on the 8th floor of Solamachi at the Tokyo Skytree, revealed a life-sized model of a VF-25F Valkyrie from anime series Macross Frontier.

The Town Campus was conceived of as a way to display the Chiba Institute of Technology’s cutting-edge research through a series of hands-on, multi-sensual exhibitions. The model of the VF-25F occupies one corner of the new Area II Planetary Exploration Zone, which opened the same day. The new exhibition features 7 activities, including a 300-inch 3D space theater, a grand tour over the surface of the sun, an exhibit of katana made from meteorites, and a display of high-resolution photos by Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft SELENE that allows visitors to take a trip to the moon’s surface.

The VF-25F Valkyrie, beloved mecha of Macross Frontier main character Alto Saotome, is capable of three forms: its basic, airplane-like “fighter mode”, humanoid “Battroid mode”, and hybrid “GERWALK mode”. The life-sized statue reproduces the mecha in its GERWALK mode, and was created by the Chiba Institute of Technology’s Future Robotics Technology Center (also known as “fuRo”), in conjunction with Macross Frontier creator Shojo Kawamori and art director Hidetaka Tenjin. The creators titled their collaboration the “Macross feat. CIT Project”, and stated their aim was to create a type of robot that has not previously existed.

The exhibition is open daily from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is free.

Life-Sized Macross Frontier VF-25F バルキリー VF-25F
The figure is posed in GERWALK mode.
© 2007 Big West / Macross Frontier Production Committee / MBS
© 2009, 2011 Big West / Macross Frontier the Movie Production Committee

Life-Sized Macross Frontier VF-25F バルキリー VF-25F
The VF-25F is main character Alto Saotome’s beloved mecha.
© 2007 Big West / Macross Frontier Production Committee / MBS
© 2009, 2011 Big West / Macross Frontier the Movie Production Committee

「隕石から生まれた日本刀の展示」 ※写真は千葉工業大学提供のもの
An exhibit of katana made from meteorites.
* Photo provided by the Chiba Institute of Technology

月探査衛星「かぐや」撮影の高解像度映像で月面旅行体験ができるコーナー「ムーンウォーカー」 ※写真は千葉工業大学提供のもの
“Moonwalker”, a journey to the moon’s surface courtesy of high-resolution photos shot by SELENE.
* Photo provided by the Chiba Institute of Technology

Links:
Chiba Institute of Technology Tokyo Skytree Town Campus
Macross Frontier

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