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MegaBots Inc debuts its combat-ready giant fighting robot ... in classic MegaBots style

MegaBots Inc debuts its combat...
Eagle Prime tilts at the waist to enable fast cornering and slaloom actions
Eagle Prime tilts at the waist to enable fast cornering and slaloom actions
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Eagle Prime tilts at the waist to enable fast cornering and slaloom actions
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Eagle Prime tilts at the waist to enable fast cornering and slaloom actions
The view from the front cockpit
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The view from the front cockpit
Eagle Prime pilot Matt Oehrlein in the driver's seat
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Eagle Prime pilot Matt Oehrlein in the driver's seat
MegaBots founder Gui Cavalcanti with the Mk.II and Mk.III series robots
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MegaBots founder Gui Cavalcanti with the Mk.II and Mk.III series robots
Megabots' Mk.II (left) and Mk.III (right) giant fighting robots face off
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Megabots' Mk.II (left) and Mk.III (right) giant fighting robots face off
Eagle Prime crouches in its garage
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Eagle Prime crouches in its garage
MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti with the Mk.II and Mk. III robots
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MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti with the Mk.II and Mk. III robots
The MegaBots team
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The MegaBots team
The MegaBots Mk.II prototype
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The MegaBots Mk.II prototype
MegaBots Mk.III: Eagle Prime, ready to rumble
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MegaBots Mk.III: Eagle Prime, ready to rumble
MegaBots Mk.III: Eagle Prime's paintball and fireball cannon
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MegaBots Mk.III: Eagle Prime's paintball and fireball cannon
MegaBots Mk.III: Eagle Prime is 16 feet tall, weighs 12 tons and is powered by a 430-horsepower motor
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MegaBots Mk.III: Eagle Prime is 16 feet tall, weighs 12 tons and is powered by a 430-horsepower motor
Inside Eagle Prime's rear gunner cabin
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Inside Eagle Prime's rear gunner cabin
Rear gunner Gui Cavalcanti surveys the controls in the rear cockpit
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Rear gunner Gui Cavalcanti surveys the controls in the rear cockpit
The MegaBots team is ready to rumble in the world's first international giant robot fight
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The MegaBots team is ready to rumble in the world's first international giant robot fight
MegaBots founder Matt Oehrlein in the cockpit of Eagle Prime
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MegaBots founder Matt Oehrlein in the cockpit of Eagle Prime
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Team America is ready to go. MegaBots, Inc released a hype-tastic video this morning of its final, combat-ready, 16-foot-tall Eagle Prime machine, and announced it's ready to take on the Japanese Kuratas in the world's first giant robot fight.

After throwing down an international challenge back in 2015 and beating up on a Toyota Prius a couple months ago, team MegaBots has announced it's ready to rumble. Eagle Prime, the combat-ready version of this giant tank-tracked robot, weighs 12 tons, stands 16 feet tall and packs some 430 horsepower.

MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti with the Mk.II and Mk. III robots
MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti with the Mk.II and Mk. III robots

The team has released a bunch of new photos, which give us our first look into the pilot's cockpit and rear gunner's control panel of this hulking 2-seater. You can go through them in the gallery.

Inside Eagle Prime's rear gunner cabin
Inside Eagle Prime's rear gunner cabin

Eagle Prime is faster than you might expect – at least on its feet. The video shows it opening giant garage doors, drifting sideways around slalom corners as its torso leans into the turns, smashing through piles of barrels, blasting targets with its paintball (and fireball) cannons, and finally ripping the driver shield off the MegaBots MkII prototype. Just watch, it's jolly fun:

AMERICA'S GIANT FIGHTING ROBOT

Team Japan, on the other hand, has been eerily silent since accepting the fight challenge in 2015. So while we're now fully aware of Eagle Prime's capabilities, we haven't the foggiest idea what Suidobashi Heavy Industries has been up to, or even what the Kuratas looks like at this stage. We've contacted them for comment and will update you if and when we hear back.

Source: MegaBots Inc

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3 comments
Joshua Tulberg
Battle Bots is so much more entertaining than this.
ljaques
Wow, standing up took just ten seconds! Speedy, aren't they?
RocoWolfe
Come on, guys. Give 'em a break, we're not going to be Real Steel levels at the beginning.