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Giant robot battle: is it on?

In July 2015, with a move that fired up the imaginations of moviegoers, US-based MegaBots challenged the Japanese robot Kuratas to a giant robot duel. Japan quickly accepted the challenge, noting that the US bot would have to be improved first. "Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s….Super American," said the Kuratas team.

Kuratas has been around since 2012, stands 12'5", and weighs 4.5 tons. MegaBots' answer is the Mk.III mech, armed with a drill augur, a tree shear, and a spinning saw called "The Dentist." Although both bots are designed to shoot projectiles (ranging from BBs to 3-pound paintballs) the actual duel would be close-quarters bot-to-bot combat. MegaBots is preparing by testing how the Mk.III holds up to impacts from a wrecking ball.

The date of the duel has been delayed, with the last scheduling update appearing in July 2016. MegaBots says that the battle is still on, but that negotiations for the date and venue are ongoing. MegaBots began unveiling components of the Mk.III bot in fall 2016 but no complete bot has been revealed yet.

Will the MegaBots vs Kuratas battle occur before 2019?

This question will resolve as positive if the respective giant robots (or very similar efforts by essentially the same builders) meet and fight on or before December 31, 2018, as reported by a corporate press release or a credible, verified news outlet.

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