Turkish mayor sued over giant robot statue



I’d be more worried about the makers of Gundam threatening to sue …


Should have gine with Gigantor.


Just be thankful that Turkey doesn’t have access to Uranium.

“Respect the robot”. That’s all there is to say, really.

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That’s not a transformer, it’s a weird modification of a Gundam Zaku unit. It’s made to promote a theme park which has a lame copy of one of the original Gundams in it.

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My gosh I came to ask if anybody could identify the robot, but you amazing people beat me by several hours!

Here’s what I want to know: rather than suing the mayor for his Gundam statue, why aren’t we suing our own elected representatives to get our own Gundam statues? At least in the larger cities.

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He’s got my vote.


Reminds me of Hammerstein from 2000ad

A bit!


Around the corner from us someone recently built this Castle in the Sky robot in their garden. This seems as good a thread as any to mention it.


Plus * this. In Denver, 1% of building construction cost is supposed to go to an art budget (inside or out). This seems like a perfect funding source for Gundams all over the place given the pace of new buildings going up. I’m voting for a Deathsythe first.

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First: are we SURE it’s a statue and not just in standby mode?


Here in Cincinnati there are dozens, maybe hundreds of little pig states, so there’s precedent.

Turkish mayor replies “This is no Zaku, boy. No Zaku”.

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Is it holding a selfie stick? I’d be pissed too.

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it looks awesome, but why does it have a codpiece

Why statues? I bet if Mayor McTurk had built a real Gundam nobody would be pissing and moaning about it. Not out loud, anyway.


It’s actually deeper than just a theme park robot. Why complain?

Roll back the clock to 2013..

"Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) votes ensured the passing of a
late-night proposal regarding occupational chambers in the June 9
parliamentary session, in a move that was interpreted by most as payback
for the Chamber of Architects and Engineers’ (TMMOB) vocal support of
the ongoing Gezi movement.

The surprise proposal, which removes
the TMMOB from any involvement in city planning processes and their
authority to approve plans, raised concern from opposition benches, with
main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group leader
Akif Hamzaçebi describing the proposal as “part of government’s witch
hunt over Gezi Park.”

“You are looking to get revenge for Gezi.
You are looking to polarize society,” Hamzaçebi said during the
parliamentary session.

“The summary of this proposal is this:
the government is making the TMMOB pay, and those who are involved with
Taksim Solidarity pay. There is no other cause, no technicality on which
it is based. It aims to remove the visa application for projects, which
allows for occupational supervision and provides the chambers with
financial resources,” he added.

The proposal, passed by AKP
votes, eliminates occupational chambers from any future city-planning
procedures, removing the obligation of the chambers’ approval of
projects. The regulations transfer complete control to related
institutions, leaving all decisions to the Environment and Urban
Planning Ministry and removing the need of any supervision or
involvement from the related chambers, including the TMMOB."

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