Exclusive: New Photos of the Chainsaw-Equipped Mech That's Challenging Japan to a Giant Robot Fight

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Exclusive: New Photos of the Chainsaw-Equipped Mech That's Challenging Japan to a Giant Robot Fight
Image credit: MegaBots, Inc and Greg Munson, Photographer
This isn't a movie. This isn't a joke. MegaBots, an American company, challenged the Japanese company Suidobashi to a giant robot fight in a humorous YouTube video back in 2015, and to everyone's surprise, Suidobashi said 'yes' in an equally ridiculous video. Now, on the eve of the scheduled date for the fight, MegaBots has released a slew of new images and a 4-minute demo video that shows their mech in action, kicking so much ass that you half expect Michael Bay to make a cameo, slowly nodding with pride:

  

MegaBots' Mk. III Eagle robot, which is equipped with a modular weapon system that includes "giant claws, a 1000-lb drill, a trencher chainsaw, pneumatic cannons, and more," is probably the most awesome thing we've seen since the Hacksmith made a real, working Batman grappling hook. Best of all, the end of the video shows the Mk. III ripping apart MegaBot's Mk. II, showing just how much it's improved since the last iteration. At this point, Eagle Prime is 2 tons, 16 feet tall, 430 horsepower, built with custom tank treads and 2 seats for a driver and gunner, with the ability to pilot it remotely. Here are some shots of the Eagle Prime, courtesy of MegaBots, Inc. and photographer Greg Munson:

Since the original challenge, the climactic duel has been postponed by a saga of delays. Despite the hilariously over-the-top follow-up video put out by MegaBots saying the August 2017 date would be final ("NO MORE DELAYS!"), the most recent press release revealed that the bout would be pushed back to September 2017. To be clear: the delays aren't due to constructing the mechs themselves—it's figuring out the logistics of the world's first mecha battle, like finding an arena that can handle two multi-ton robots duking it out (and crashing to the ground):

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"Due to logistical issues at the originally-chosen venue, MegaBots asked to briefly postpone the Duel while it searched for a new location. A new venue was soon agreed upon, but rescheduling proved difficult for Suidobashi Heavy Industry, so both have mutually agreed to push the Giant Robot Duel back to September. The Duel will be filmed in a private location rather than a ticketed live event because of safety concerns for the audience, and the unpredictability of the technology being used. This is the first-ever Giant Robot Fight, and it's impossible to say what will happen.
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...which is a polite, professional way of saying "We could kill large swathes of the crowd if these robots lose control." These things are powerhouses. For comparison, check out Suidobashi's competing robot, the Kuratas:



We'll be keeping you updated on the long-awaited robot fight as we get closer to September, but in the meantime, check out the MegaBots and Suidobashi YouTube Channels for more mech videos!
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