Unpopular opinion time: not every mech needs to be a military hard suit covered in weapons. Oh, sure, they look cool. But what about mechs made for peaceful purposes? Search and rescue? Exploration? Or, best yet, construction? Sure, it’s a bit meta, but I like the idea of things made out of LEGO that are intended to make other things out of LEGO. That’s why the Kroniton Cybernetics I-Beam Bolter from builder Scott Wilhelm makes me smile. This giant robot (piloted by our favorite construction guy, Emmet, of course) features a striking black and orange color scheme, solid articulation, and an action feature that, frankly, caught me by surprise.
Sure, the extending lifting arm with it’s working grippers is cool, and shows that Scott thought about how this sort of mech would need to function in a real construction situation. And the rotating fastening device on the other arm combines form and function. Even the roll-cage around the operator cabin says “real world compatible.” All of those things are quality, but none of those things are shocking. Not compared to this:
This is the first extendo-mech I’ve ever seen. I’d wager it’s the first one you’ve seen, too.
And that, friends, is why I love this build.
I actually made a mech with this “extend” feature a few years ago (although mine is nowhere near as big)
this one looks freaking sweet though!!!
@Will – Yours is a lot of fun, too! Sounds like there have been a few builders to experiment with this action feature over the years – I wonder how many were inspired by that old Technic set (8257-1 Cyber Strikers).