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All Hail Humongoid Japanese Giant Robot Replica Moving Things!! They're Really BIG!!

Published at: July 2, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
Our search engine here on AICN, while recently improved, is still somewhat dicey. As such, if I'm repeating a post I somehow missed, apologies in advance to both its author and our readers. This said, a bizarre...but extremely cool...bit of entertainment-related news has recently been unfolding in Japan & I thought it deserved a most humble tip of the hat here...and perhaps even a gasp of awe. Work has recently been completed on a big-ass, HIGHLY detailed Gundam replica - which lights up, moves, etc.
Here's what it looks like fully active:

Work is now underway on a similar Tetsujin (Gigantor) replica. Here's some concept art from that project:
And here's some video of the mighty machine being constructed:

The folks over at Gizmodo - easily one of my three my favorite websites - have done an extremely excellent job rounding up some rather beautiful images of Gundam, and of behind the scenes work on Tetsujin. I highly recommend your checking out the gallery of Gundam images they've amassed - 'tis a sight to behold. CLICK THE PICS ABOVE to see more of each character. Back in 1998, when the Olympics were held in Nagano, Japan, I held an admittedly irrational, desperate desire to see a life-sized Godzilla rise from behind the stadium during the Opening Ceremonies & ignite the Olympic Torch with its fire breath. No one would listen to me - I was even taunted for the notion. Perhaps I was ahead of my time - or a head case. But these megabots bring me one step closer to seeing my dementia made real. At the very least, maybe others can now appreciate the beauty of such madness. Maybe they'll build an Iron Giant? MechaGodzilla? Megas XLR?

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  • July 2, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    First!!! Domo Etigoto Mr. Roboto!!!!

    by Thanos0145

  • July 2, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    we never do cool stuff like this here in the states

    by ewokstew

    I'm moving to Japan.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    THE JAPANESE ARE FUCKED UP!!!FACT!!!

    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

  • July 2, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Chicks dig giant robots!

    by DerLanghaarige

    WHERE IS MY FUCKING MEGAS XLR MOVIE!?!

  • July 2, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for the fists to shoot off...

    by khaos751

    ..killing 30.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Haha

    by Bass Ackwards

    That Godzilla Olympics idea is brilliant, I'm going to spend the rest of my life sad that that didn't actually happen.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    ewokstew, WHEN THE STATES SPENDS 1.65 TRILLION ON WAR AND WALL S

    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    In one year you don't have enough money for shit like education and healthcare let alone giant replica's of cartoon robots otherwise they'd have a lifesized version of Optimus Prime in downtown LA.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    WAR AND WALL STREET...

    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

  • July 2, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    how can they be giant AND life-sized?

    by newc0253

    they're either one or the other, surely.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Overcompensating

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    If you know what I mean.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I mean, it's not like there are people lstarving in the world...

    by ricarleite2

    FUCK THEM! Let's build this USELESS GIANT ROBOT! That's why I LOVE the japanese.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Japan = The Greatest Place On Earth

    by LaserPants

    I used to live there and probably never should have come back. But, nah, it was great, but the US is my home. Still, I wish I was in a position where I could easily live in both worlds. Maybe when I'm some kind of famous person with lots of monies!

  • July 2, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Making movie giants life-sized

    by Bass Ackwards

    means you're making them giant in real life, so its both! Though "life-sized" is a pretty awkward phrase more I think about it.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    holy shit thats insane

    by lawlord

    how fucking awesome are the Japanese.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    now let's see a life-sized...

    by torpedoboy

    ...JEEG!!

  • July 2, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    ...wow, IT CAN TURN ITS HEAD!! AAHH!!!

    by Mike_D

    lame

  • July 2, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    we need to builld a giant

    by simondark

    robot prime or maybe megatron...the old one when hes a gun and prime would have to be a cab over...not McBay's version...

  • July 2, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Ultraman or Evangelion please...

    by DarthBakpao

  • July 2, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Ummmm, they do have shit like this in the U.S

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Ever been to a theme park?

  • July 2, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    What a massively

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    ridiculous waste of funds, resources, and manpower. That's what I see when I look at ridiculous shit like this. Sure, I probably would have been really impressed when I was 8 ... but, I'm not. It's a giant fucking statue that shoots steam and moves its head around ... big fucking deal. All the time, money, etc ... which went into that thing would really have been better utilized feeding hungry children in Ghana and Sudan, or something. The world's got problems, and these fucks are using their discretionary income to build giant action figures. Fucking hell.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Knobules

    by DarthBakpao

    If your mother in law read your post, not even a real Gundam or all 50 Ultramen combined can't save you from her wrath...

  • July 2, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    ricarleite2

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Beat me to the punch. Glad to know I'm not the only one with half a brain reading this site.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Optimus Prime Statue

    by The_Myhand

    in the middle of either L.A. or Detroit....lets start an internet petition right now

  • July 2, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    So great to see so many humanitarians!

    by Bass Ackwards

    Good news guys, people aren't only starving in 3rd world countries (where, BTW, the problems are a bit more entrenched than something g as simple as lack of money), the city you live in has starving people, under educated children, poorliving conditions, and a lot moreproblems, all of which are always looking for volunteers to help them out. So instead of wasting time on a movie message board to complain about how the Japanese should be feeding the world, get off your ass and do something for the actual place you live in (and don't bother responding about all the great beneficial shit you already do, i'm not going to believe you).

  • July 2, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Imagine being the guy whose job it is--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    --to go inside that thing and fill up the fog machines and replace the lights, etc. How cool would that be?

  • July 2, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    A life size Iron Giant would be awesome

    by Chewtoy

    A theme park needs to get the rights to make one now. And really, it bothers me that "Tomorrowland" in either Disney doesn't have a giant robot of its own.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Japan is the greatest society on Earth

    by Spandau Belly

    I wish I had been born there.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Woo.

    by Caerdwyn

    It turns its head and lights up. It's a statue with smoke machines and spotlights, people. Not to mention a waste of time and money.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by The_Myhand

    so what are you doing on here? wouldn't getting on here to bitch at everyone be counter-productive to your cause? Or Hypocritical?

  • July 2, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I want a little 2 story loft appartment in its chest area.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'll hang out and watch TV, and push the buttons to make it go whenever kids come around. Email me for my resume.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    You'd think they could find a better song...

    by GunterMonkey

    ...to introduce their giant kick ass gundam...oh well. But, as a Gundam fan, and anime fan in general, I think this is pretty damn cool...

  • July 2, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by ricarleite2

    I really don't mean the money should be literally spent on food and given out to people, it will help a small amount of people for a brief amount of time. I am just pointing out the duality of mankind, how we chose to dedicate our lives torwards mundane, useless stuff - yes, movies too - while most people have no access to a dignified life.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    We do need a giant robot in the U.S.!!

    by GunterMonkey

    Start the petition to get this done! Gundam or something else! Or at least a life-sized Millennium Falcon or something!

  • July 2, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Say Hello to Your New Robot Masters

    by FlyingGuillotine

    A giant gundam is neato fun until it's striding across the rubble of Los Angeles.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Macross

    by Slavestate

    I won't be happy till they build a 1:1 scale Valkyrie.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Where's sal bando/tom bodet?

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    He should be creaming his jeans by about now.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    How do we get giant mecha in Central Park?!

    by Raymar

    I envy you, Japan, sometimes.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The_myhand

    by Bass Ackwards

    Nope, I could give a shit what people choose to spend their time/money on, nor do I have a cause. Just never enjoy people pointing at something and then decrying it because of all the starving people somewhere else. It shows no concept of the actual ways in which we're all wasteful, and it's just a boring way to react to things.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    yes, yes, giant robot...but can you have sex with it?

    by Outlaw

    Is what I want to know!

  • July 2, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Lewis Black's cure for the economy

    by Chewtoy

    Basically, if I recall correctly, you take a ton of money and you build some "big fucking thing". And then people come to see the big fucking thing, and take their picture next to the big fucking thing, and stay in the adjacent big fucking thing hotel, and so on...

  • July 2, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I enjoy the Japanese culture, but sometimes their priorities, ma

    by terry1978

    Seriously, as much shit as they create, about 80% of it is just kitschy fun stuff that has no plan to improve life overall.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Useless!?

    by opteryx

    Why are all these people shitting on them for spending money on this thing for entertainment purposes?. Last time I checked, movies only serve to entertain as well, I don't see those posters bitching about wasting millions of dollars on movies. So get off your soap box, and please don't pretend to care about people starving in other countries.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    japan is so gonna take over.

    by ironic_name

  • July 2, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    So fuck

    by Bobman46

    that is the biggest waste of money and perhaps THE lamest thing I've seen in a long time. Why not just build Godzilla and wreck the place on the hour, every hour.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Moved about as much as..

    by classyfredblassy

    The giant "robot Kong" build for the flaming pile of shit that was the 1976 remake. As kid I recall the producers talking it up. "we are using a giant mechanical kong in our version! No tiny stop motion models!" Only the thing didn't work and it ended up in the film for like 5 seconds. Instead we got Rick Baker in a monkey suite tossing dolls around.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Awesome use of money... fuck the hungry

    by IL_Deuce

    Seriously... they need to just move to where there's food. Duh.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    CharlesThomasMathews1978

    by classyfredblassy

    We don't spend enough on healthcare? WTF we spend more money per student then any country on the earth. Education makes up a larger part of the budget then defense does. It one county in Los Angles, over 20k a YEAR is spend on each student. And they still a 75 percent drop out rate. Maybe you should look at who is running the show, bloated unions and parents who don't give a shit.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    From cars to mechs...

    by James Westfall

    I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Oh, you crazy Japanese...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...with your giant robot fetish, your manga and your frankly disturbing bondage schoolgirl porn.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Robert Smithura vs Mecha Streisand

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I want my Shogun Warriors toys back so bad it hurts...

  • July 2, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is all this humanatarian bullshit???

    by Johnno

    Now I'm all for feeding people and stuff, but holy shit! With that kind of attitude we might as well go around tearing down every fucking theme park and children's playground... Disneyland??? Wild Water Kingdom??? The Zoo??? FUCK THAT SHIT!!! FUCK YOU PEOPLE AND YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR NEED TO ENTERTAIN THEM!!! THERE'S STARVING CHILDREN IN AFRICA WHO NEED FOOD AND AIDS MEDECINE AND HERE YOU FUCKERS ARE GIVING MONEY TO FILMAKERS WHO WASTE EVEN MORE MONEY ON ROBOT MOVIES AND 3D AND DOCUMENTARIES ON HOW WE SHOULD FEED STARVING CHILDREN!!! FUCK ALL THAT!!! STOP USING YOUR CARS AND CABLE TVS AND OBAMA ELECTION CAMPAIGN FUNDS AND RANDOM STATUES IN YOUR PUBLIC PARKS!!! IN FACT FUCK PARK BENCHES!!! YOU TIRED MOTHERFUCKER??? THEN SIT ON THE GRASS NEAR THE DUCK SHIT!!! AND STOP WASTING PRECIOUS FOOD ON FUCKING DUCKS AND SEND THOSE BREAD CRUMBS TO NEEDY ORPHANS!!! HARRY SHOULD CHARGE US FEES FOR USING THESE TALKBACKS ON HIS PRIVILAGED SITE AND SEND THE PROCEEDS TO UNICEF!!! WOULD YOU LIKE THAT???!!! MAYBE WE CAN SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY TO BUILD SOME ACTUAL KILLING GIANT ROBOTS AND GO GUNDAM ON ALL THOSE AFRICAN MILITANT SOMALIAN ETHNIC CLENSING ASSHOLES AND RESTORE SOME ORDER CELESTIAL BEING STYLE!!! BUT NO, WE GOTTA USE GROUND TROOPS AND TANKS LIKE PUSSIES!!!

  • July 2, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    This is all so very odd. As are the Japanese, god bless em

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • July 2, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    god I love giant robots

    by baaba_pappa

    Really, I do

  • July 2, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    by the way

    by baaba_pappa

    even that mobile phone/camcorder footage was better than Bays framing of giant robots.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    DerLanghaarige is right

    by baaba_pappa

    More Megas XLR please

  • July 2, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Hey, Fuck Michael Bay, too ...

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    as well as everybody in the US government who's ever agreed to work with him (wasting taxpayer dollars on shit like a 2 second shot of some tanks mobilizing or fighter jets streaking through the air in formation). That's a big part of the reason I hate the guy so much. He makes some of the most expensive movies on record, wasting millions of dollars each go round, all in the name of 'big dumb fun' ... and nobody seems to find this offensive.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    IT'S A LION...

    by Mullah Omar

    ...and it's HUGE.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor is so fucked

    by andrew coleman

    Again I mean. Because you know that's where those robots are headed first.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale?

    by Wingnut1A

    While the Gundam looks cool, I'm sure Truckasaurus could take him down without too much trouble. Truckasaurus RULES!!!

  • July 2, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    GunterMonkey

    by darth pants

    If you were a actually a Gundam fan, you would know that the song being played is the theme song to the original Gundam.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    A Maria Osawa statue..

    by nolan bautista

    ..should be built..doesnt have to be giant-size.. regular human size would be just right..(look her up TB'ers..you'll heartily agree)

  • July 2, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    its with a Z

    by nolan bautista

    as in Ozawa..carry on

  • July 2, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    They had two

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    10+ story high robots parked across from The San Diego convention center few years back to promote Sky Captain.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Please Hollywood

    by Series7

    Remake the live action Gigantor movie! I can't read subtitles!

  • July 2, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    They should build a life-size Godzilla in Tokyo.

    by riskebiz

    That would bring a lot of tourists.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    they need a giant Bukkake'd head statue now!

    by BMacSmith

    with fountains of white stuff!

  • July 2, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Would second...

    by Krav Maga guy

    A Maria Ozawa statue...perferably with moving parts and sound effects...excuse me, I must go away for 5 minutes...

  • July 2, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I wish Hollywood would make SENTINELS...

    by odysseus

    ...instead of crap like TRANSFORMERS 2. Best giant robot script I've read.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    What a feat of engineering...

    by Malcior

    it's head moves

  • July 2, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    You're all dead

    by sheepshagger

    Im building one of these in my basement and when its fully operational....I will rule the world mwah ha ha haaaa!!!

  • July 2, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    "I-i-i-IT'S A GUNDAM!! DOOOOOWWAAAAHHH!!"

    by Prof_Ender

    KABOOM!!

  • July 2, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Krav Maga guy..

    by nolan bautista

    ..5 min? some things shouldnt be rushed..

  • July 2, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Yawn

    by OccamsIndecision

    Let me know when it learns to walk.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Fordzilla!!!!!!

    by liljuniorbrown

    I saw Fordzilla when I was a kid just based on one of those infamous " SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!! SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL AS YOU WALK THROUGH THE GATES OF HEEEEELLL,BIGFOOT FORDZILLA,MINI CARS, SUNDAY!! BE THERE .Kids under ten get in free" comercials. I miss those days of pure hype in comericals for toys and shit. Fordzilla was fucking awesome and I bet he could chew this robots ass in half.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I surender to our new Japanese overlords!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by crackerfarmboy

    There is no hope in resisting!!

  • July 2, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Where are its giant balls? The American version

    by CreasyBear

    would have them. And a weiner.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Anime is so overrated

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Plus, it just sucks.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    japan is just too cool. take that western devils.

    by Damien Chowder

  • July 2, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Did I miss something?

    by ProfGriffin

    It moved its head, smoked a whole bunch and lit up. AND......?

  • July 2, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Bassackwards...

    by Arioch55

    ...said it best earlier in this talkback. Stop whining and start volunteering; you know, the typical stuff we religious conservatives do.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Robotics does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    ProfGriffin, you missed nothing good sir. In fact you summarised the content of the clip most concisely.<p> I believe we were all 'oversold' on this giant robot by the man named Merrick. A fraudster and a blaggard. In fact I would go so far as to call this 'robot' more of a statue.<p>

  • July 2, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Kill North Korea with this thing.

    by WX1

    <p>Or at least that insane midget and his f%$ked up regime.</p> <p>Will be great day when you can get live feed from these things laser beaming the last Stalinist bull$#itters on the planet! Here's to this tech' getting way out of hand, hahahaha!!!!</p>

  • July 2, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    GiveMeAnFinBreak

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Yeah, how dare Bey make movies fur fun. God, you are a retard.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    MAZINGER IS OBVIOUSLY NEXT

    by the Green Gargantua

    right?

  • July 2, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Johnny Sokko

    by xile1c

    ...And His Giant Flying Robot. That's what this makes me think of. I'm waiting for somebody, even a hack like Bay, to do a treatment on that old Japanese kids show.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    THAT FUCKER REALLY WORKS!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Just wait til North Korea piss them off!

  • July 2, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    The world will BEG Japan for help, NO JOKE

    by Anything But Tangerines

    When the shit hits the fan and humans need to defend themselves against a warring alien race, giant mutant animals, or an evil mad scientist, it will be the "weird" "fucked up" and "bizarre" Japanese who are the only ones prepared to combat the assault.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Merrick, do you bow before the altar of Gawker or something?

    by Alfeetoe

    Cause all of your stories are rehashes of shit I see on Kotaku or Gizmodo hours or days before you post. Get your own fucking stories.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    An amazing theme park..

    by malificus

    ..would be full of these life-sized robots and monsters and they'd move like those stoopid fucking singing bears at Chuck E. Cheese's and all the rides would be action show based and all the midway games would have cool anime toys as prizes, foam swords and helmets and flashy crap and I'd secretly live in one of the rides and eat out of the dumpsters and never leave.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    THEY WENT FROM RAPING NANKING TO BUILDING..

    by TITBAG

    ..GIANT WORTHLESS FUCKING RETARDED STUPID ROBOTS ALL IN LESS THAN 100 YEARS. <P> WOW.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    THAT'S WHAT I CALL PROGRESS, BUT I BET SOME OF..

    by TITBAG

    ...THE OLD FARTS IN JAPAN ARE REALLY MISSING THEIR CHINESE AND KOREAN SEX SLAVE CUMBUCKETS RIGHT ABOUT NOW.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    great, the japs are gonna use whities as meat again.

    by ironic_name

  • July 2, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    To be honest...

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    I briefly got excited at first glance thinking it was a screen shot from a new Voltron movie.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Japanese are playing with fire here

    by cromulent

    you know these robots are gonna come to life somehow and start fucking shit up. It's like they WANT this to happen!

  • July 2, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S MORE PATHETIC

    by TITBAG

    USING ONE'S RESOURCES TO INVADE IRAQ AND DESTROY THAT NATION AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES, OR BUILDING THESE GIANT WORTHLESS FUCKING TWAT ROBOTS. <P> FFS

  • July 2, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Titbag

    by malificus

    Get in the spirit you worthless sack, jesus christ think about what you're bitching about. A real life giant robot is cool by any standard, what's that got to do with fucking Iraq? Go to some dickhead political board and fuck off.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    WHERE"S MY GIANT GODZILLA?!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    SHIT!

  • July 2, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Pyramid does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    The most pointless thing ever built? The pyramids.<p> The grand folly of a Pharoah - a tomb for a man who pretended to be a god.<p> But... rather than all of us laughing, pointing and saying what a fucking HUGE waste of time those things were, they've somehow won us over. Wonder of the world aint a title that gets handed out easy!

  • July 2, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I WANT ONE

    by aclockworkkebab

    seriously how much could you pick one of those up for, set up outside your front door

  • July 2, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately...

    by JohnSpartan

    They built the Gundam in the non-smoking section.

  • July 2, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Time to...

    by Dead_Geek

    ...bomb Japan again. They have giant robots. They're a threat again! ;)

  • July 2, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Other than the Gundam looking like a G1 Starscream

    by Puddleglum

    I guess I "ain't cool" enough to know what these are from.

  • July 2, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    How many fucking Double A batteries does that fucker need?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 2, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Maria Ozawa - I would be down with a life-size statue !

    by Puddleglum

    I may not get this anime stuff, and I mays till not know who this Ozawa chick is, but after googling up a few pictures, I'm highly in favor of creating personal, real-life working models of this woman.

  • July 2, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Giant Robots are your friends.

    by Sal_Bando

    Especially in Japan. I like these.

  • July 2, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    just the head....

    by ThePilgrim

    It's cool and all but waht a waste all you get is head action. Sure thats a plus in a chick, but not in a bot. Make the arms move, let the knee joints and waist move. You are Japan.. Come on man your slipping. Still cool as fuck that it's there 1:1, but it needs more movement!

  • July 2, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Still, more animated than Keanu Reeves

    by BrandLoyalist

    Greater range of facial expressions too

  • July 2, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    You know, a country with money...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    is a little like the mule with a spinning wheel. Noone knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it. <P> <P> The names Lanley, Lyle Lanley and I come before you good people tonight with an idea. Probably the greatest... aaaahhh, it's not for you. It's more of a South Korea idea...

  • July 2, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    So this is why the N. Koreans are acting up...

    by Mindtrip

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529814,00.html?test=latestnews

  • July 2, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    LIFE SIZE WALKING AT-AT PLEASE!!!!!

    by Clavius

    Someone make it happen so I can lumber through the countryside stamping out every Starbucks I see.

  • July 2, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Clavius...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Go to Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando. They've got one there, it doesn't move or anything but you can have your photo taken with it and then go on a really dated star wars ride.

  • July 2, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Don't trust it.

    by beenu

    ..Now witness the firepower of this FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL GUNDAM ROBOT!

  • July 2, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    shameless plug

    by onaps6453

    it's my blog. it will be good. it's just starting at least click please http://spanosays.blogspot.com

  • July 2, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    That's Me Singing The Song!!!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Clearly, I am the new Michael Jackson!!!

  • July 2, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Wow!

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    They built a giant action figure with a head that turns a bit. How fantastic. They also make cartoons with young girls being raped by tentacles and have some NASTY porn. You know it. So let's not bang on about how "kewl" Japan is. <p> <p> And because I'm calling it like I see it, I say this as a card-carrying nerd with more credentials, I would venture, than most people here... Anime / Manga / whatever is A BIG LOAD OF SHITE.

  • July 2, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    All right, I'll tell you what I'll do...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    I'll show you my idea. I give you the Japanese Giant Robot Replica! <P> <P> I've sold Giant Robot Replicas to Thailand, Hong Kong and North Korea and by gum it put them on the map! <P> <P> Well sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bonafide, electrified giant robot replica! <P> <P> What'd I say? <P> GIANT ROBOT REPLICA! <P> What's it called? <P> GIANT ROBOT REPLICA! <P> That's right! Giant Robot Replica!

  • July 2, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    so fucking stupid

    by foree forehead

    about as interesting as a giant flame-shooting "dragon" at a monster truck rally.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    looks

    by Bodogski

    better than transformers 2

  • July 2, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    That Jonas brother getting engaged is more news worthy

    by OutlawsDelejos

    If this even constitutes as news.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Where is the new ALIEN NATION TV series news?

    by Logan_1973

    This site used to be my favorite for news...but man have you guys fell behind as of late. SciFi (or whatever they are now) is doing a new ALIEN NATION show, penned by Tim Minear (Firefly, Angel)...That's not cool news? Or at least deserving of a good debate? COME ON!

  • July 2, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    NEVER MIND

    by Logan_1973

    I see it now. All apologies fellas...

  • July 2, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    It makes me laugh..

    by The Dark Shite

    This the reason most foreigners I know leave this country? <p> All of these quotes like "Japan is so cool" & "Japan is the greatest society on earth" etc. This shit isn't normal.<p> The reality of Japan is way different. They don't even have central heating here. Unless you're a millionaire, this place is like being stuck in the 1970's. <p> I kinda like it. But the vast majority of the people who can't stand it, are the Anime fans & people who think it's gonna be a futuristic geek paradise. It isn't. Normal life is dull. & grey. Very very grey.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Erm..

    by The Dark Shite

    "This the reason most foreigners I know leave this country?" Wtf am I talking about? Just. Woke. Up. Must. Have. Caffeine.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    um

    by redkamel

    a) this is really old b) I thought this article was going to be about the Evangelion release in the US, seeing as how its on Apple trailers. First ive heard of it.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    We stopped going to the Moon

    by Dark Knight Lite

    because there were starving children. I say build more giant robots, AND go back to the Moon. Greed and corruption causes starvation, not innovation. Your bleeding heart does not make up for ignorance. Corrupt Republicans and Democrats, Socialists, Communists, and their willing accomplices keep people down and starving. I applaud you, giant robot with limited articulation.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    They can't even get my pc to work properly..

    by The Dark Shite

    The last thing we need is giant robots all over the place, smashing shit up. <p> "Giant Robot, do my bidding & attack Iraq." <p> "No. I'm gonna rip your head off & fuck your sister."

  • July 2, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Dark Shite, you just don't get it.

    by half vader

    Everyone knows they need a small boy to tell them what to do so they smash the RIGHT shit up. Crush them NOW, Giant Robo!

  • July 2, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    ALL THAT FUCKER DID WAS MOVE HIS HEAD

    by J-Dizzle

    Seriously, how is this any different from.... oh, I don't know.... the statue of liberty? I mean come on, how is this cool news? May be if the fucker actually walked and spoke instead of just standing there like a giant smoking cigar, then I'd understand why everyone in that crowd went "Ooooooooooooooooooo."<p> And what the fuck is up with that music? I felt like yelling, "Hey, hey let's go kenka suru.... PROTECT MY BALLS! Let's fighting looooooove!"

  • July 2, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Of course half vader!

    by The Dark Shite

    I forgot the small boy aspect. I feel such a fool. <p> All these years I've been Robophobic when I really never took the time to understand them.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    No worries mate

    by half vader

    That's what I'm here for. ;)

  • July 2, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Johnny Sokko rules.

    by Sal_Bando

    So does Beatnik Man from that series. If you know Sokko, you know Beatnik Man. Beatnik Man IS.

  • July 2, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Mazinger! Mazinger! Mazinger!

    by gnortsmra

    No other "life-sized" mecha was needed...

  • July 2, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I NEED NEED NEED a full-size Veritech!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    Santa, can I have one if I promise to be REAL REAL good this year?!

  • July 2, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I kneel to our overlords!!! People thought MJ was weird

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    all those years with the mask but her knew the air was fucked and had perpared. When will you non-believers recognoze the Japanese are right><p>I'm gonna start getting my suitcase pack and move to Japan.

  • July 2, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    What if it FELL OVER?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    HOLY FUCK!!!

  • July 2, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    ok, so next time im in a kareoke bar

    by TheFunkyEnigma

    I am singing that fuckin gundam song!

  • July 2, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    If this interests you...

    by ScottGreen

    Be sure to be back tomorrow for the AICN anime column. More mecha than you can figure an oppai missile at. Not really, but still plenty of good stuff

  • July 2, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    gnortsmra is right.

    by Roketopunch

    We Need a giant Mazinger Z.

  • July 2, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Moves Its Head From Side To Side

    by filegumbo

    Now what really would have been cool is if the Voltron lions showed up and tore it to pieces.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Some funny stuff of this TB

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Americans accusing any other nation of wasting money, truly classic, some of the best portrayls of an American right wing stereotype on par with Colbert, keep it up.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Can we drop this fucker on North Korea?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 3, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Aw shit, he's smoking...sumbitch overheated...

    by BurnHollywood

    Usually Japanese vehicles only do that once they get a day out of warranty.<p> Cute, but don't call me back until he goes on a rampage and kicks over a building or two.

  • July 3, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    J-Dizzle

    by the milf lover

    If you've seen Ghostbusters 2, then you know the Statue of Liberty would kick this silly Gundam's ass easily.

  • July 3, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    You guys don't realize how important this crap is to Japan

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>Japan is a nation of geeks in a good way. They are obsessed with giant monsters (and robots) who will destroy the world because WW2 almost blew them off the face of the earth, so they became a peaceful nation that turned their understandable obsession with huge things blowing them up into being entertained by giant monsters and robots. </p> <p> This is not a waste of money, it's a country expressing their unique culture in a unique way, to them it is culturally significant. </p>. <p> We take their pop culture, water it down/dilute it, dub it and give it a different name, twenty years after they are already onto something bigger and better. Japan is cool. I would love to go there someday.</p>

  • July 3, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Nope. I live in Japan.

    by The Dark Shite

    I wish it were a nation of geeks, but it isn't. <p> Unless you live somewhere like Tokyo, (or you're a tourist who's looking for it, in which case you'll find it easily), you won't see any more of it than a westerner would see Marvel or DC comics on shelves. <p> Geeks are on the outside of the mainstream here as much as anywhere else. The only difference is that, as you said, they did get the shit nuked out of them, so often their stuff has that kind of theme. <p> Gundam is to the Japanese, what Spiderman etc is to us. It's one of the more mainstream brands that everybody knows. <p> It's the same as the U.K or the U.S, just where we have flying men with superpowers, they have robots. It's seems geeky to outsiders, because Japanese stuff IS geeky to outsiders.

  • July 3, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    The geekiest thing you could do here..

    by The Dark Shite

    Would be to start a hobby as an Old Person counter. See how many Old People you can in one day. Award yourself 10 points for each.<p> If they gawp at you like you're from Mars, or they're bent over so far that their chins almost scrape the ground, you only get 5 points, because that type is the most common.<p> Seriously, as I said quite a few posts up, the guys who can't hack it here & go back home, are almost always the ones who expect geekland.

  • July 3, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Bomb the hell out of JAPAN now!

    by dioxholster

    they got issues man, if we let them keep doing this one day we will find our world ravaged by evil schoolgirl terminators.

  • July 3, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Evil schoolgirl terminators!!

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Awesome, thats the way I want to die, none of this heart attack or cancer stuff.

  • July 3, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    gimmie Mecha anyday than "Robots in disquise"

    by Stalkeye

    Oh, and eff Micheal Bay.

  • July 3, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    wow... jealous much?

    by cloudrider`

    the japanese should spend the money for the poor? americans are really the best example of that now, arent you? how much a michael bay movie cost? did you spend your last $10 to see transformers or donate it to charity? i'm not even touching big businesses - the oil and insurance and the corrupt congressmen they pocketed. <p> for every shitty anime/tentacle porn the japanese have, you americans more than make up for it with shitty sitcoms, boybands, and shittily designed robots. <p> the japanese produced kurosawa, ozu, miyazaki, osamu tezuka. that alone cancels out every shitty thing they have made lately.

  • July 3, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Do Japanese even realize how weird their music is?

    by BurnHollywood

    You don't have to put a screechy horn section in every fucking thing, man.

  • July 3, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    "how much a michael bay movie cost?"

    by classyfredblassy

    Who the fuck cares? It's not our money. If the production company what's to spend that much, it's their choice. If his movies didn't make money, they wouldn't. It not like they don't pay hefty taxes on the profits. I fucking hate this mindset that thinks its ok to take other people's money and redistribute it. I guess that means were are in for a long 4 years.

  • July 3, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    A giant statue of a bitching nerd

    by CuervoJones

    That´s what America need. The dick will have a regular size.

  • July 3, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Time for a Lady Liberty Makeover

    by BackwardGalaxy

    Time to give Lady Liberty a makeover. Maybe a giant Catwoman statue instead... Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman though, not crappy ass Halle Berry Catwoman.

  • July 3, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    "A giant statue of a bitching nerd".

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Yup.

  • July 3, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Only a hopeless pessimist

    by I am_NOTREAL

    could think this isn't cool. That moving Gundam made me smile.

  • July 3, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    The latest from the director of "Tokyo Gore Police"

    by Verbage

    These films tend to get hyped way too much. Some dude reviewed the latest from the director of "Tokyo Gore Police", and he didn't have kind things to say: <p> http://tinyurl.com/lnhvx2

  • July 3, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Asian Cinema

    by Verbage

    As far as Asian Cinema goes, it's pretty diverse, and there's a lot of good stuff out there, but films like these are catching on in America purely based on the hype of how wacky and crazy they are. I've seen some of them, and while it tends to be hit or miss, most of them range from insanely studid to just plain awful. People are reveling at them because of how crazy they are, like when Japanese game shows were first discovered over here, but they get old really quick, and when the novelty wears off you find yourself surrounded by mindless dorks laughing like hyenas at things that aren't really funny, and applauding at things that aren't all that great.

  • July 3, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Feed the Poor Vs. Giant Robots!!!

    by ElvisPresLeeHorsleyHarveyOswaldOprahWinFreeJackHorkheimer

    We just need to figure a way to build our Giant Robots in a way that provides food for poor people.<br /> Right,I'm on this shit.<br /> And I'm calling in Jeff Golblum on this one. We'll wrap this whole "Build Giant Robots/Feed The Poor" thing up in a Michael Bay Minute. <br /> gnortsmra is correct. Listen to his truths!

  • July 3, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Feed the poor TO giant robots..

    by The Dark Shite

    Happy well fed giant robots.<p> No more poor.<p> Everyone's a winner.

  • July 3, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    That is some splendid work...

    by morGoth

    ...as a mechanical designer, I appreciate the workmanship behind the design, layout and fabrication of these spiffy statues. I’m a bit disappointed though to see only inner structural support with no articulated joint-workerys. Still, I’d kill to get those CAD models. Cool indeed...

  • July 3, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Wow....dry ice and flashing lights

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I'd have given a dollar to see Godzilla light the torch, too.

  • July 3, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Gimme the Netherlands any day

    by Kentucky Colonel

    The chicks are hot, everybody rides bikes, there is a real rail infrastructure, theyy get every great touring band, any consumer good in the world is availale for purchase, the beer is the best, the food is great (I'll pass on the herring-based cusine, though) and then there is the whole "organic drug toleration" thing. You can have your giant robots and mini-mouse dressed waitresses. I'll take old-world cool anyday. <p> And Target has all seasons of SNL for $16.99...limited time only

  • July 3, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Mazinger in Spain

    by Dreckent

    I thought this video was old news. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mRvak_qBX8

  • July 3, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Looks Like Robo-Kong from '77

    by Mundungus

    They never got that thing to worth a damn either. I think it appeared in the film less than 5 secs total. <P> I think Jessica Lange's nipples got more screen time.

  • July 3, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    WORK... worth a damn. dammit

    by Mundungus

  • July 3, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    THE SCORE SO FAR...

    by TITBAG

    ...JAPS WHO BUILD PATHETICALLY STUPID ROBOTS THAT DO NOTHING BUT TAKE UP SPACE AND SERVE SOME SORT OF SUPERIORITY FETISH: 1. <P> ...THE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CHINESE, KOREAN, THAI, AND FILIPINO WOMEN THAT THE JAPS ASSFUCKED DURING WWII: 0.

  • July 3, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    JESUS, WHEN IT'S NOT ROBOTS IT'S SCHOOLGIRL FETISHES.

    by TITBAG

    FFS. THOSE SALARYMEN SURE DO GET BORED EASY. CHRISTALMIGHTY.

  • July 3, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Someone please build a 50-ft tall replica of Megan Fox

    by TKO

    ...so I can stand below and look up her skirt.

  • July 3, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    my ass is more "fully active" than that Gundam

    by Duke of Hurl

  • July 3, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Ohhh man...

    by Bootskin

    So *now* we see Japan's answer to North Korea's missile tests...

  • July 4, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    THE SCORE SO FAR...

    by cloudrider`

    whitey americans who make idiotic fighting robots movie, and actually watched it to the tune of $100 million on opening weekend: 1 <p> thousands upon thousands of indians and blacks tortured and slaughtered to make life better for whitey: 0

  • July 4, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    JESUS, WHEN IT'S NOT MEN IN SPANDEX IT'S BIG BOOB FETISHES.

    by cloudrider`

    FFS. those junk food eating basement dwellers sure love to believe they're cooler than everyone else. men in spandex. in rainbow color. that's what they worship. men in spandex.

  • July 4, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    When the Aliens Target Earth

    by erykthedead

    You just know they're gonna mistake those for active weapons systems. That's why the US builds its giant robots in an underground hanger.

  • July 4, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    well classyfreddyblassy..

    by foree forehead

    ..i'd much rather the gov't take my money to feed poorer americans than blow the fuck out of innocent foreigners. to each his own right?

  • July 4, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    kentucky col.

    by foree forehead

    i'd agree with most of that though there's lots of dog shit on the amsterdam streets. seriously the dutchies love to leave their pooch poo lying around

  • July 4, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    CLOUDRIDER

    by TITBAG

    I'M ENGLISH YOU FUCKING NONCE, SO YOU'RE NEW COMPARISION TO SOMETHING THAT YOU AMERICAN TWATS DID TO BLACK PEOPLE AND INDIANS IS NOT RELEVANT.

  • July 4, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    The Score So Far Revisted......

    by crackerfarmboy

    People with bad teeth, producing useless reality shows, invasive tabloid reporting, and watching boring sports that end in ties: 1 Thousands upon thousands of Indians and Africans killed and their cultures destroyed to make life better for the "Empire": 0

  • July 4, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Oh, English huh TITBAG? I got that covered...

    by Johnno

    You colonial motherfuckers have another group of Indians and blacks that you need to be sorry for!

  • July 4, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    YOU UNGRATEFUL CUNTS WE GAVE YOU DR WHO

    by TITBAG

  • July 5, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Giant Robo!

    by hopeless

    Would be a cool life size one to make.....

  • July 5, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    So someone's gonna have'ta explain to me..

    by malificus

    ..exactly what is wrong with having a Japanese school girl fetish. I mean, if there was ever anything on god's green earth to get excited about it's those silly-assed, tee-hee'ing little pop tarts of perfection in plaid skirts.

  • July 5, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    TITBAG

    by nolan bautista

    lol..

  • July 5, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Bigger Than Big, Taller Than Tall?

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    I call shenanigans.

  • July 5, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    crackerfarmboy

    by The Dark Shite

    TITBAG may be annoying you, but you're a racist fuck. <p>

  • July 6, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    OH MY FREAKING GAWD!!!

    by bswise

    DID THAT GIANT ROBOT ACTUALLY MOVE IT'S HEAD FROM SIDE TO SIDE!!?!? OH! MY! GOD!!

  • July 7, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    what's that TROLLBAG?

    by cloudrider`

    oh, so you're english. so how's my blacks and indians comment not relevant again??? if you're going to reduce an entire culture into easy caricature, look at your own first, you colonizing wanker.

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  • Dec. 15, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Whaaa??

    by orcus