Bandai Creates Giant Gundam Robot Head Out Of Recycled Plastic Model Kit Runners
By Mikelle Leow, 24 Nov 2021
Photo 227013394 © Wachiwit | Dreamstime.com
You can’t call yourself a hero if you’re not working for the betterment of the planet. Gundam, the giant anime robots, are thankfully getting there.
Runners, or sprue cards, are the latticed templates often attached to plastic toy model kit parts. They have little use besides simplifying the manufacturing process and holding the pieces together during transport, and are thus usually discarded.
To give them a second lease of life, Gundam parent company Bandai Namco placed 190 collection boxes around Japan and asked fans to drop their plastic runners in them. The packaging leftovers were collected over a period of six months for a Gundam toy recycling event scheduled for November 20 and 21, the Gunpla Recycling Project.
About one ton of runners were obtained from collectors, and Bandai used 3,000 of them to build this neat Gundam head:
Meanwhile, some of the remaining sprue cards were handed to artists Ryotaro Muramatsu and Yoichi Ochiai to be turned into installations for the event.
Muramatsu created a Naked Flowers artwork, while Ochiai built a tearoom he called Plastic Hermitage.
新作：ガンプラのランナーでできた茶室「可塑庵（ぷらあん）」です．前廣さん，セイビ堂さん，楽さん，大木さん，組み立てお手伝いいただいた皆様，ありがとうございました！ 土日に新宿住友ビル三角広場にて展示されています．ぜひお立ち寄りください！ pic.twitter.com/mulHXxyKwK— 落合陽一 Yoichi OCHIAI (@ochyai) November 19, 2021
たまに掛け軸が明鏡止水してランナーに戻ります． pic.twitter.com/71EPoMYw6Z— 落合陽一 Yoichi OCHIAI (@ochyai) November 19, 2021
Bandai Namco says that the installations are a glimpse of how the company could keep the traditionally single-use runners from landfills. It could, for instance, melt the plastic down to create other products.
so Bandai has a whole "Gunpla Recycling Project" for model sprues and they've been doing some art installations with what they've collected. pic.twitter.com/arQGCe8qJT— Raj Patel (@Rajio) November 23, 2021
[via Core77, images via various sources]
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