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Someone’s Selling a Functional 15-Ton Battle Mech on eBay

September 25th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Robots & Machines
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What would you buy for $51,000? A midsized luxury sedan? A down payment on a condo?

Or maybe we could interest you in a 15-ton battlemech robot straight out of “Pacific Rim.” Spotted by Motherboard, the massive hunk of metal named Eagle Prime is going for a chill $51,500 on eBay at the time of writing — after going on sale for a single dollar.

USA vs. Japan

The battle mech was built by MegaBots, Inc., the business that challenged Japan to the famous USA vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel, which took place in October 2017 and was streamed live on YouTube.

The fight went on for three rounds and involved each of the two robots slowly tipping each other over — arguably a limp show after all the buildup. America took home the win when Japan’s mech stopped dead in its tracks.

Fearsome Weaponry

The intimidating 11.5 feet tall robot is powered by a 430 horsepower Corvette V8 engine and cost about $2.5 million to develop. It features a giant claw, a massive chainsaw, and the ability to shoot three pound projectiles at speeds of over 130 mph.

“I’m feeling good about the sale and really proud of how far we’ve come,” Megabots co-founder Matt Oehrlein told Motherboard in an email. “I’ll just be happy if we can prevent Eagle Prime from going into a junkyard.”

READ MORE: You Can’t Afford to Not Buy This $50,000 2-Story-Tall Battle Mech on eBay [Motherboard]

More on the mech: The International Robot Duel Is Set for October 17