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'MegaBots' attacks its own giant robot

When building a massive fighting robot, it's good to know its limitations. Watch as "MegaBots" tests its machine using a paintball cannon and wrecking ball.

"MegaBots" tests the durability of its giant robot with a crash test.
Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

The first episode of the "MegaBots" video series, which premiered Wednesday on YouTube, shows the team's progress toward designing, building and testing a machine for the upcoming Giant Robot Duel against Suidobashi Heavy Industry of Japan.

Testing the durability of a six-ton, 15-foot tall robot makes for an entertaining series. But because hitting a $200,000 robot with a paintball cannon and wrecking ball is dangerous work, the team lets a crash-test dummy nicknamed Randy take the brunt of the abuse.

After all, "MegaBots" pilot/control systems lead Matt Oehrlein and pilot/mechanical systems lead Gui Cavalcanti don't want to be seriously hurt in the Giant Robot Duel, so they might as well use a dummy during the crucial testing phase.

"If we're going to be inside this robot during the duel, we're going to make damn sure we don't get hurt (or worse) during combat," the MegaBots team wrote on YouTube.

Poor Randy is placed inside the MKII robot and is hit by paintballs and the wrecking ball. But the ultimate test begins when the MKII falls over.

There is no date yet for the duel. But after seeing the first installment of "MegaBots," Team USA would appear to have a strong chance of becoming the winning metal warrior.

A new "MegaBots" episode will post every two weeks.