In Tokyo, this (life-size?) statue of the vintage Japanese cartoon character, Gigantor, was recently unveiled. It stands 60-feet tall, weighs a whopping 50 tons and cost an estimated 1.5 million dollars to construct (I hear they found the builders on Angie's List)!
As a childhood fan of the cartoon series—which premiered in the U.S. in 1966, but debuted in Japan in 1957—and lover of giant monsters, robots... pretty much anything, I think this is awesome! I barely recollect the cartoon—I was only 3-years-old—having stronger memories of the theme song (Gigantor the space-age robot/He's at your command...), but I always loved the character. I actually have a 10-inch toy of Gigantor—the arms and legs bend, and the eyes light up!—complete with a 3-inch version of Jimmie Sparks, the 12-year-old that controlled the robot in the cartoons.
So, my faithful Bloglodytes...
What beloved cartoon character would you have constructed and where would you put it (Be nice!)? Would you have Bugs Bunny, clad in the baseball uniform he wore when he took on the Gashouse Gorillas, catching a fly ball atop the torch of the Statue of Liberty as he did in the cartoon? Or maybe Kimba, the White Lion standing on Siegfried and Roy's lawn. Let's see how creative you can be.