Giant robot battles used to be a thing of myth and fantasy, lived out only in anime, books, or video games. Now, an American company hopes to rise to the challenge issued to Japan over the summer in a fist-to-fist machine battle.
An American robotics company, Megabots, issued a challenge to Suidobashi Heavy Industry, a Japanese robotics company, to a duel earlier in the summer. The request was met with a response from the Japanese company that would make Gundam and anime fans the world over rejoice and sweat with anticipation: the robots should duel in hand-to-hand combat.
According to the kickstarter page for the American company, they are looking at an approximate goal of $1.5 million to fully upgrade their current machine to the Mk.II fighting machine in order to stand a chance and win against the Japanese company.
Fans of watching two behemoths of metal and machinery can find all the details on the kick starter page, which details all of the upgrades being considered on the way to meeting overall goals.
Specifics the Mk.II read as follows: shock-mounted steel to absorb multiple blows from another machine, building and testing out the weapons base as featured in the concept art on the kickstart page, a substantial upgrade to the power base in order to fully meet the requirements for the overhaul, and then going to work with Howe & Howe Technologies to develop and build a custom track base replacement that would make the machine up to 5x faster than they currently are.
These are just the base goals to meet.
So if you’ve always wanted to watch a giant robot battle and need to get in on the action, their kickstarter page will be up for another 29 days as of this posting. For America to win this showdown, they’re going to need plenty of help.