Mecha Mania: The Greatest Giant Robots of All Time

They’re big, shiny, loud, and can wreak havoc on an unsuspecting metropolitan city centre. It’s easy to understand pop culture’s obsession with these giant, rubble-inducing behemoths. They are the theoretical embodiment of human ingenuity, mankind’s concerted attempt to free themselves from the limitations of flesh, blood, and bone. A way to transcend this feeble form and wreak (or prevent) destruction on a massive scale.

They aren’t real, yet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t sit around and get nerdy! So … to kill the time between now and the day that you trade in your two-door sedan for a 15-foot, weaponized tin can, we read.

Today on Filthy Rich, we wax poetic on the stuff of childhood fantasy. No, not that one you dirty, dirty person! The one with explosions, destruction, and GIANT ROBOTS! Let’s explore the greatest giant robots of all time. Let’s go!

Optimus Prime

Oh yeah, we’re starting with the king. Optimus-Freaking-Prime. O.F. Prime (not his real name) blasted his way to the robot hall of fame as the goody two shoes Autobots leader in the iconic, 1984 television series, Transformers. His advanced alien weaponry, unrivaled tactical mind, and peaceful nature has aided his protection of the feeble human race on more than one occasion.

When he’s not protecting mankind from the dastardly Decepticons, you can find Optimus Prime cruising down the highway disguised as an 18-wheeled transport truck or relaxing at his beach house in Mar a lago. Ok, I might have made that last bit up. Still, Optimus Prime is and always will be the undisputed king of giant robots.

Strike Freedom Gundam

Settling on one Gundam mobile suit was a lot more difficult than it should have been. Namely, because a grown man researching Gundam suit specs at a busy coffee shop inspired way more sideways looks than I was comfortable with. Also though, settling on just one of these incredible feats of creativity was difficult in its own right.

For the uninitiated, the Gundam series is a cartoon of the Japanese anime variety. A classic that features a whack-load of super powered robots of varying strengths and abilities. This timeless war drama essentially throws these human controlled battle suits against each other, with explosive results.

Now, I could realistically settle on any Gundam and move on, but that would be doing a disservice to the millions of Gundam fans around the world. But, if since I have to choose just one, I’ll go with Strike Freedom. Powerful range weapons, unparalleled manoeuvrability, hip installed rail cannons … come at me bro.

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Jaeger

Guilermo Del Toro’s explosive Blockbuster Pacific Rim re-popularized the gigantic fighting robot in a gigantic way. His grandiose, fighting-robot vision gave birth to the Jaegers. In the Pacific Rim universe, the Jaeger is a mobile, human piloted weapon designed to defend the human race during the great Kaiju War.

These things were drawn up to combat gigantic, dinosaur-like monsters using kinetic energy, hand-to-hand combat, and swords. That’s right, Jaeger are designed to punch giant lizards in the face. They also rely on heavy-duty heat-based weapons like the Plasmacaster. Because, when you’re fighting giant lizards, you can never have enough firepower.

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