If you love sci-fi, video games and anime, then it’s probably safe to assume you’ve dreamt of a day when you could pilot your own personal mech and rain down death and destruction on your enemies. That day has now arrived.
Pilotable mech suits have long been the stuff of nerdy daydreams, but Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries has made those dreams a reality with last week’s unveiling of the Kuratas, a 13-foot tall, 4.4 ton real-life mech suit that can be yours for the low price of $1.35 million.
Unfortunately, those looking to get inside the giant robot to squash their enemies and take over the world will be disappointed to learn that the Kuratas doesn’t actually shoot real bullets or rockets. The mech’s twin Gatling guns fire BBs (at 6,000 rounds per minute, which would still hurt), and its rocket launcher fires off bottled water in case your enemies are dying of dehydration.
Aside from those minor safety concessions, the vehicle is fully operational. The Kuratas moves at up to 10 kilometers per hour and features a diesel engine. You can also control it with your 3G iPhone – meaning you can still smite the forces of evil on those days when you don’t feel like putting on your flight suit and climbing into the cockpit.
Sure, the price tag is pretty steep, but is there really such a thing as “too expensive” when it comes to driving around your own personal engine of destruction? You’d be the hit of every comic and video game convention in the universe if you showed up in this thing.
Check out a demo video for the Kuratas below – complete with a quirky Japanese hostess showing you how the Gatling guns can be configured to fire whenever you smile. You gotta love the Japanese… is there anything they don’t think of? [via Geek Tyrant]
Here's a featurette on the suit from Avatar, which feels similar to this.