​The 13 Most Ridiculous Giant Robots of All Time

It takes tremendous skill to pilot a giant robot, and it takes genius to make them. But unfortunately, it's rare that these pilots and inventors are also blessed with any design sense and/or common sense, because there are many giant robots that end up completely preposterous. Here are more than a dozen mighty mecha… » 12/02/13 11:45am 12/02/13 11:45am

The 15 Dumbest, Goofiest, and Otherwise Most Impractical Gundams Ever

Gundam has long been called the Star Trek of Japan, because of its long-running popularity, and its many, many incarnations. This means there have been hundreds, if not thousands of Gundams and other assorted mecha designed for the Gundam anime series, and not all of them have been winners. For every RX-78 from the… » 2/01/13 10:00am 2/01/13 10:00am

Now you can buy a $1.3 million Japanese mech over the internet

Remember Vaudeville, that imposing 12-foot-tall, Microsoft-Kinect-controlled mech that was supposed to bear nothing scarier than a mop? Well, Suidobashi Heavy Industry — the Japanese hobbyist collective behind the project — has redubbed their creation "Kuratas," and added such bells and whistles as a H₂O rocket launcher … » 7/30/12 3:45am 7/30/12 3:45am

Holy heck, these Japanese hobbyists are building a 12-foot-tall…

Microsoft Kinect has been used for some novel hacks, but this is straight out of Ghost In The Shell. Meet Vaudeville, a twelve-foot-tall, five-ton mecha that's manipulated using Kinect, or that XBox peripheral commonly known for its embarrassing dance party games. » 5/09/12 10:55pm 5/09/12 10:55pm

Insane GIFS put Cthulhu and mechs in old Library of Congress…

If you enjoy the cut-and-paste madness of Terry Gilliam, then these GIF illustrations by Kevin Weir should be right up your alley. Over at Flux Machine, Weir takes monochrome photos from the Library of Congress' Flickr account and ramps up the weirdness. See for yourself below. » 4/03/12 1:50pm 4/03/12 1:50pm

Giant Gundam statue once again stands vigilant in Japan

Japan's 1:1 scale Gundam statue was built, disassembled, and subsequently reconstructed. Now, Gundam statue aficionado DarwinFish105 has recorded the statue's return to its former home in Odaiba. Here it is looking appropriately epic, surrounded by cloud cover. » 12/25/11 4:05pm 12/25/11 4:05pm

Perhaps the most unnecessarily complex mecha transformation in anime…

In this scene from the movie Starbirds — which was a mish-mash of episodes of the 1980s Japanese cartoon Tōshō Daimos — the formation of a giant robot requires a zip line, aggressive sloganeering, an entire hidden bridge, near-death experiences, and some interpretative dance for good measure. In the future, a bizarre… » 12/10/11 12:00pm 12/10/11 12:00pm

This short trailer has some of the best mecha design we've seen outside …

You've probably never heard of K3loid, a new short movie about humans hunting for a rogue artificial intelligence — but the list of people involved with this project is pretty amazing. Including mecha suits designed by Aaron Beck and Weta's Greg Broadmore. And music remixed by Amon Tobin. The actual storyline looks… » 12/09/11 6:30am 12/09/11 6:30am

A giant robotic snake chases a man piloting a spider mecha

Cheese on crackers, would it be fun to work at the eatART robotics collective in Vancouver. In addition to building awesomely biomimetic vehicles like Mondo Spider, they're currently working on Titanoboa, a mechanical recreation of the 50-foot-long, one-ton prehistoric snake of the same name. » 11/15/11 12:20pm 11/15/11 12:20pm

Somebody went and invented the power loader from Aliens

We've seen some fairly convincing power loader facsimiles before, but this refurbished Ditch Witch by Raytheon-Sarcos — who are also experimenting with robotic exoskeletons — isn't that far off from James Cameron's original vision. » 10/15/11 8:00am 10/15/11 8:00am