Giant Robots!

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Giant Robot Structures Around the World... Standing... Waiting...

While Transformers may remain in the realm of science fiction, there’s no shortage of giant robots in the world. Here’s a look at a few here on Dark Roasted Blend.

In China, Robo Guan Yu was built in honor of a Chinese general, Guan Yu. The structure is 32 feet tall, weighs four tons and was created from parts of a People’s Liberation Army truck:

(image via)

This thirty feet tall statue of Optimus Prime in Beijing is made completely from recycled materials:

(image via)

While you’ll find this forty foot Optimus Prime in Kunming:

(image credit: Joshua Foust, Heart of Beijing)

The Laputa Sentinel is a sixteen feet tall statue located at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo:

(images credit: David Henderson, ScIon)

The massive RX-78-2 at Shizuoka was created in celebration of 30 years of Gunpla models and can be seen at Fuji-Q Highland Park, near Mount Fuji in Japan:

(image credit: Gareth, Tomonori)

Here’s a three storey full-scale replica of famous Japanese giant robot Tetsujin 28 in Kobe:

(image credit: Motohiko Hasui, via)

If you stepped outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo, you might just see this Coke vending machine robot walking around:

(image credit: Sanchome)

The Nissan Dualis Mecha Suit was created as a display prop for Nissan and appeared in some car commercials:

(image credit: Hector Garcia)

This impressive looking Votom robot sculpture was built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation:

(images via)

Another giant robot inspired by a 1980s anime series called Votoms, this ScopeDog is four meters tall and weighs 2 tons:

(image via)

The Kabutom RX-03 is a remote controlled robotic beetle that can even seat passengers (it took eleven years to construct it in a guy's garage). This machine is 11 meters long and weighs 15 tons:

(images credit: Sabekuji Kaneda, via)

This giant robot spider was built by La Machine, a French performing arts group, and appeared at a festival in Yokohama:

(images credit: Martin Sedaghat)

RoboVox was originally situated outside the gallery of Robotexotica in Vienna, Austria. Apparently, if you send him a text, this robot will repeat your words aloud:

(images credit: Eddie Codel)

This 20-foot steel and fiberglass sculpture is a robot made from Pittsburgh's bridges:

(image credit: Wally Gobetz)

This thirty foot Mazinger statue stands in Tarragona, Spain, at the entrance to a suburb that was never built:

(images credit: KBallero)

These giant robots, one male one female, stand outside Cyberdog at Camden Market in London.

(image credit: Mick Hodgins Photography, Andrew)

In Sumgayit, Azerbaijan, this massive statue of a robot statue stands outside a former synthetic rubber factory from the Soviet-era (left image below). Made from scrap metal and old cars, this gigantic sculpture can be seen in Yuzhny, near Odessa (right image):

(images credit: Joshua Foust, 2)

And finally, we have Robosaurus, the robot dinosaur, fond of eating cars and other vehicles for breakfast, lunch and dinner (seen in in Laughlin, Nevada):

(image credit: George Kelso & Yuko Takahashi, via Lem Fugitt)

(image credit: Wehardy)




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Blogger GMpilot said...

Umm, where to start? Names, I guess:
It's Mazinger, not Manzinger. That famous 'bot celebrated his 40th birthday this month.

I was lucky enough to see the big Gundam in person; at 17.8 meters high, it's very impressive when you're standing next to it. It's 'life-sized', just like the VOTOMS machine, which is a Brutishdog (a Scopedog has two hands). I've always considered the Votoms robots to the ultimate in mechanized infantry: the very name is an acronym meaning “Vertical One-man Tank for Offense and ManeuverS”. Yes, I watch way too much anime.
Robo Guan Yu looks believable, but where would the halberd go? Both Optimus Primes looked cool, but then, Optimus always does. For sheer brawn, though, the Yuzhny robot wins. The Robot Spider is the stuff nightmares are made of (at least mine!), but Robosaurus is just plain fun. (Where was that taken?) Nissan's sleek Dualis is a puzzler: is it worn, or driven?

Did I say how much I liked this article? No? Okay...I loved this article!! What a Christmas present!

Anonymous Adam Rice said...

You missed the most remarkable of these, the Kuratas mech, which is actually operable.

Anonymous Tim said...

and Goldorak ?


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