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Many of the kids who were mesmerized by the animated cartoon series “Mobile Suit Gundam” over three decades ago are now adults, but their passion for building models of the robot never faded.

Junichi Nishizawa, 36, is one of the character creators at Bandai Co. whose job is to come up with new ideas for “Gunpla” products — plastic model kits of the characters, vehicles and other components featured in the “anime” classic.

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