If you answered YES to any of these questions (including the one about having a bajillion benjamins to spare) then you can at long last realize your dream of owning, piloting, and driving a real-life, functioning mecha. And yes, you can custom-fit it to shoot nerf pellets at those pesky Duke boys.
Suidobashi Heavy Industries (SHI) showed off one of the most impressive things to grace the event's hallowed halls. On hand was a functional sample of Kuratas, a mecha on four wheels that not only turns, moves, and pivots, but which can actually be driven down the street (though who knows what permits that would require).
website is impressive, and a huge amount of effort seems to have gone into building and marketing these mechas. But let's face it, even if it were just a massive promotional effort, it would be one for the ages.
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Some more looks at Kuratas:
|For those about to mecha, we salute you.|
|They had this remote-controlled thing buzzing around the mecha. Not sure why.|
|Smart phone controlled robot action. Nice.|
|We were barrelin down the Tokyo boulevards, looking for the heart of Saturday afternoon.|
|Don't nerf pellet me, bro!|
At Wonder Festival, SHI also had a bunch of small models on hand, showing Kuratas in different builds and color schemes.
customize your mecha just the way you want it. They conveniently tally up the total for you, so whether you add a drink holder ($100) or a Lohas Launcher ($100,000), you can know in real time how much the Kuratas will run.
It's amazing how much they pack into the glorious 7 hours that is Wonder Festival.