You Can Now Donate to Build “The People’s Robot” for Our Giant Robot Duel With Japan

This is exactly how we pictured the future.

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In case you hadn’t heard, international giant robot battles for dominance are officially a part of the real world. Japan and the U.S. will soon face off in a mech battle for supremacy, and you can donate to help build our very own iron patriot. (Don Cheadle not included.)

The American team at MegaBots has set a goal of $500,000 on Kickstarter, with specific dollar amounts correlating to upgrades for “The People’s Robot”:

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“I drink oil and piss freedom. ‘Murica!”

Those upgrades include increased mobility for its wheelbase and interchangeable weapons like this:

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Yes, those are boxing gloves. Our epic mech battle will apparently play out like this:

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If they exceed their goal and reach amounts of $1 million or more, they’ll add such lofty, ancillary features as “better balance” and “life support systems.” … I hope their prospective mech pilot knows what they’re getting into.

(via The Verge)

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