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Working robot mecha suit is built for kids

Sakakibara Kikai's latest drivable robot exoskeleton comes with a power drill hand. What else could junior want?

The Kid's Walker Cyclops is available for rent. Sakakibara Kikai

What do you get the kid who has it all? A robot mecha suit wouldn't hurt.

Japan's Sakakibara Kikai has a new crushworthy robot exoskeleton that would turn a few heads at school.

The bright green Kid's Walker Cyclops is an 800-pound, 7-foot-tall drivable mecha suit with a cockpit and moving arms.

The front of the machine opens to become a ladder to the cockpit. As seen in the vid below, one hand has a hook to grapple foes and the other has a power drill to smite obstacles.

These weapons are controlled by rotating the handles in the cockpit, which has room for one kid.

The battery-operated mecha has wheels under its feet but moves in a shuffling motion. It's not exactly speedy, but who would you have to run away from in a thing like this?

The Walker Cyclops follows Sakakibara Kikai's other whimsical mecha robots such as the awesome Land Walker, an 11-foot-tall, ball-firing monster that has a price tag of $382,500.

Definitely the coolest company in Japan's Gunma Prefecture, Sakakibara Kikai produces these marvelous contraptions for sale or rent as a sideline business. Its main line is agricultural machinery.

Since Japanese kids of all ages dream of piloting their own mecha robots like the ones in the Gundam sci-fi franchise, a few companies like Sakakibara and Suidobashi Heavy Industry have actually created large drivable robots that move and fire projectiles.

They may be clunky, hopelessly heavy, and expensive, but they keep the dream alive.

Sakakibara hasn't said whether it will try selling the Walker Cyclops, but it's soliciting rental inquiries. Would you put your child in this thing?

(Via Wired UK)