Two Mechanical Rivals, Forever Frozen in Combat

Marta assured her that the Rival Robots were a hoax, a pair of sculptures constructed by some mischievous artist after the city had already been abandoned. But Lili slipped away to the site every chance she got, imagining an era when giant mechanical creatures battled across the Earth. An illustration by Jordan Grimmer » 12/29/13 5:00pm 12/29/13 5:00pm

​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… » 7/30/12 3:45am 7/30/12 3:45am

A sperm whale in a mecha suit needs no introduction

For this delightfully absurd test animation, 3D designer Hauke Scheer has imagined a dark polluted future where humans have teamed up with cetaceans in battle suits. Ergo, Mechawhales. Watch as the Human-Whale Alliance battles extraterrestrials invaders of the year 2037. The sheer impracticality of the whale's… » 3/26/12 11:05am 3/26/12 11:05am

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