KURATAS

Giant robot fight coming soon? American inventors’ video challenges Japanese counterparts to duel

California-based MegaBots spells out its mission pretty clearly on the company’s website: Giant fighting robots. So far, though, they’re only two-thirds of the way to that goal.

The MegaBot Mark II is clearly a robot, and definitely giant, but it hasn’t really done much fighting yet. Since no one wants to watch giant robots grapple with their inner psychological demons and emotional issues, the Mark II needs an opponent, and its American designers have decided to throw the gauntlet all the way across the Pacific, releasing a video officially challenging Japan’s own currently on-sale giant robot to a duel.

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We bump into Kuratas, the 120 million-yen robot, at the Tokyo Toy Show

Many of you may recall the three-meter-tall (12.5 feet) ridable Japanese robot known as Kuratas which we have covered many times before. Earlier this year the real-life mecha made waves when it went up for sale on Amazon for the sum of 120 million yen (US$978,000).

For years now, Kuratas has been charming wannabe mech-pilots around the world until its most recent offering in January, but since then things have been quiet on the giant robot front. So you can imagine our Mr. Sato’s surprise when he stumbled upon one by chance during a trip to the 2015 Tokyo Toy Show.

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$1.25 Million Giant Robot On Sale Now, Over 3,000 Orders Accepted From Around the World

Earlier this year, we reported on the world’s first boardable, commercially available mecha (aka giant robot).  At the time, KURATAS, standing at 3.8 meters tall and weighing in at 4,500 kilograms (about 5 tons), was not yet available for purchase and we were only given a vague release date of “sometime later this year.”  Fans of Gundam/things that are awesome were left in the dark, wondering when their dream of owning a diesel-powered robot would finally be realized.

Ladies and Gentlemen, “sometime later this year” is NOW!

Suidobashi Heavy Industry is currently accepting orders for KURATAS at the cool price of 100 million yen (US $1.25 million).

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