Japanese mech factory Sakakibara Machinery Works is out to make mecha lovers all over the world drool again, and wish they were a Japanese kid with a rich dad. The mecha manufacturers are rolling out, fresh from the factory, a relatively pint-sized ride-able mech for kids. The catch? It’s worth a bit of money and then some, at US$20,000.
The fellows at Sakakibara previously came out with a bigger mecha that adults can ride and control – ubiquitously named “The Landwalker”, which features a cockpit that fits one person, and walks on two legs. The Landwalker also featured two air cannons that fired rubber balls. This kiddie version – officially named the Kid’s Walker Cyclops – is adorable as much as it is expensive. The mecha seats one kid, and features a drill – not a fully functioning one, we hope, or dear God we may want one – and in the other hand a claw to grab stuff. This release is actually the second version of the kiddie mech robot, as Sakikabara debuted a bulkier version a few years back. This new version is obviously slimmer and looks more streamlined – and so more apt for kids – than the last one.
The earlier version of the kiddie robot was already priced at around US$20,000, so it would be logical to assume that this new improved one will be right about there in terms of pricing, if not a little more expensive. If your kid really wants to ride one, and daddy doesn’t have the cash to splurge on a mecha your kid would grow out of anyways, maybe the logical solution is to rent it – yes, fortunately for us, these cute mechs are available for rent as well. Japan has a long and globally renowned love affair with mechas – and if this iPhone-controlled, 13-foot tall, walking, talking, ride-able behemoth mech called the Kuratas is not an evidence of it, we don’t know what is. This one was made by Suidobashi Heavy Industry and available for sale at a princely sum of US$1.3 million at the time we posted about it last year. And yes, we know – we seriously thought about pooling our money to get one, too – you are not alone.