Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Chinese will knock off anything...

The Chinese love Gundam almost as much as the Japanese.  During the period of economic liberalization in the 80's Chinese television was flooded with dubbed content from both the US and Japan.  You could ask anyone born in China between 1975 and 1987 and they'd probably know just as much about Transformers, He-Man, She-Ra, Gundam, Macross, Doromon, and Detective Conan as any adult from the same generation in the USA or Japan.  

What do you do then when you want to build a theme park in Mainland China.  Paying license fees is expensive, and what's the point when the legal system in China really done't protect international trademarks... I'll tell you what you do... you build it anyway, just paint it red.  

What you see to he Left is almost exact replica of the RX-78 currently residing in Shizuoka (Right).  The Senario is pretty much as stated above.  They wanted a Gundam exhibit for a new theme park in Sichuan so instead of paying Bandai for the rights, they just built it themselves.  Industrious? Yes.  Legal? Probably not.  

Source:  Dvice