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Hajime 13-Foot Robot Crawl Inside

Osaka-based Hajime Research Institute could have unknowingly started the Gundam program by building a giant 13-foot tall, 660-pound robot that humans control from the inside. The ultimate goal is to one day build a walking, human-controlled robot that stands 59-feet high. The control system of this prototype is based on a master-slave system, which is essentially just a smaller version of the robot inside that can be manipulated - turning its head with a small twist of the model's, etc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an 80s game that might've been designed by the CIA for mind control purposes.

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Phiaro P75 Cipher

The sleek Phiaro P75 Concept Cipher is a prototype track car inspired by the famous Gundam series. At just 1,310-pounds, it's powered by a mid-mounted 1.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 142-horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 123 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Click here for more pictures of the P75. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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$1 Million Robot

For a cool $1-million, Kuratas, the Gundam-inspired rideable robot by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, can now be yours. This machine is equipped with a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute, which starts firing when the pilot smiles. It can be controlled either through the one-man cockpit or with a data-enabled smartphone. Unfortunately, as of right now, it only ships to the Kanto region of Japan, and is advertised as a kit, which means you should have a Japanese-reading engineer on-hand to help you piece things together. If you're extremely wealthy and want one at all costs, these two caveats will be trivial. Continue reading for more images of the actual robot and a link to its product page.

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It's that time again, time for another round of awesome gadgets and accessories that you might want, but probably don't need. Starting off, we have a 7-foot-tall Gundam robot that was made with 750 sheets of paper by Taras Lesko. Continue reading to see more.

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So, you've seen the Gundam Hotel and Gundam Cafe, now here's what mecha RX-78-2 Gundam would look like if made from flowers. Unfortunately, this mobile suit is not yet fit for a human to pilot. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading to see why grad school is a scam.

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Here's a mind-blowing look at the 1:1 scale, 59-foot tall RX-78 Gundam robot in Japan. This "full scale model was completed on June 9, 2009 [and] was later reconstructed in Shizuoka Prefecture where it stayed from July 2010 to March 2011; it again reopened in Tokyo on April 19, 2012." Continue reading for two videos, more pictures, and additional information.

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Standing 13-feet tall, the Kuratas robot is no toy, as it's "fitted with a futuristic weapons system, including a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute, which fires when the pilot smiles." That's not all, it "can be controlled either through the one-man cockpit or from the outside using any smartphone connected to the 3G network." Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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File this under: bizarre hotels. A Gundam-themed hotel may not be for everyone, but for anime fans, it's a dream come true. You'll "find Zeon Armed Forces and Earth Federation Forces emblems plastered on the bedding and furniture." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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One of the perks of living in Japan is their many themed restaurants and cafes. This Gundam Cafe - the second in Japan - is located in Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Visitors "can guzzle Gundam coffee and munch on Gundam snacks. There is also a Gundam "theme park", Gundam Front, with attractions, a shop shilling souvenirs, and a collection of Gundam art." Continue reading for three videos, more pictures, and additional information.

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Mobile Suit Gundam, a series created by Sunrise, was the very first in the anime series and features characters wearing mobile suits that were "inspired by the power armors from the Starship Troopers American novel from 1959." This is what a human-sized version of the suit would look like in real-life. Click here to see more of today's most popular images, courtesy of Imgur.com. Continue reading for a video of a 7-foot Gundam made from paper.

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