Geekery: Unbelievable 13 Foot Tall Robot


… is this walker real or is it just a clever marketing gimmick?

News of this manned walker has been bouncing around the net for a few days thanks to videos on game/movie designer Vitaly Bulgarov‘s Facebook and Instagram

After an hour of digging on the internet: not one science or robotics publication is linking to this project, there are no links out to the firm that’s supposedly building it, and no one (beyond the video game designer) that shows up in photos has been identified. It has none of the hallmarks that an engineering achievement would normally have. Nothing tells me that it’s anything beyond a nice piece of viral marketing… which begs the question: what game or movie franchise is being sold here?

If you have evidence that this is actually a thing and not marketing, I’d love to see it. If it’s real, it’s a game changer – but I seriously doubt it exists outside of a computer.

Take a good look at Bulgarov’s footage and images – what do you think?


Addition after publication: check out this article from Live Science.

  • Frey Jepson

    Awesome! The giant walker is cool, but how practical is this thing? It’s final version would probably be an all terrain vehicle. Great for lifter jobs and preforming maintenance among other things. I do not think it would be suitable as a combat vehicle, however.

    • Gustav

      Agreed. It’s especially ideal for moving crates and fighting the occasional alien queen.

  • Paulo Picolomini

    Huh, it looks just like the one from James Cameron’s Avatar.

    • MechBattler

      Which are practically identical to the ones in the Matrix.

  • Defenestratus

    I think we need to ask GW if they’ve commissioned Dreadknight MkI

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Looks like a movie prop, and in any case it has its balance supported by tie straps on heavy duty hooks attached to a crane or track. However machines like this are not exactly science fiction. Companies are competing to create vehicles like this and some have had similar success. Including gundams in japan that fans made that have limited movement with aid of frames.

    • I’d be interested in seeing those projects… the largest manned bot I can find from Japan is the KR01, and it’s on wheels. There are some bipedal kid sized bots out there that work because of a lower center of gravity, but none that are this large… that I can find, at least.

      Most of the bipedal I’ve seen recently (Valkyrie, Fedor, Atlas, etc) aren’t manned.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Actually Americans built one larger, although its not bi pedal (tracked), it stands upright but is on treads, its manned by two men. They actually challenged the KR01 to a fight. Which Japan accepted. They gave each other two years to rebuild their robots. Japan elected the bots o go melee. I feel this will turn into a pay per view twitch event! OMG.. Robot Jox is here!

        • I’m familiar –

          The thing about this one isn’t just the size – it’s the size, the fact that it’s manned, and that it’s a biped.

          Still interested in those real life Japanese Gundams you mentioned 🙂

          • Severius_Tolluck

            I had a magazine that had an article on it. It was really rudimentary. Like you couldn’t see if the hatch was closed. Ran off a hydraulic switch for some functions, and had bobcat controls. All it could do was basically wave its arms and pseudo walk in place while the frame kept it up right. Basically giant movie props!

          • I found one! (Thanks for sending me on that search, I’ll be keeping my eye on it.)

  • Dan McBrayer

    Fake, those joints are just raw stepper motors or servos. Theres no way you could design a robot that sized like that and not have every one of them strip out and the whole thing fall over.

  • farsight

    now all we need are giant blue aliens and a six legged horse and we are set.

  • V10_Rob

    13 foot robot?

    Why not 14 foot robot?

  • petrow84

    My bet is on the mechwarrior franchise.

  • euansmith

    I like the way they have articulated its walking. It makes me think that Dreadnoughts could actually waddle around like that; rocking side to side.