This is a video of Traddino, a 51-foot, 11-ton, walking, fire-breathing dragon robot that was just named the new Guinness World Record Holder for "world's largest walking robot". The winner before that? Who cares. All I know is it looks like that thing is about to crispy-fry a bunch of virgin sacrifices.
... this four-legged, wing flapping robot will replace the aging star of Germany's oldest folk play, "Drachenstich," performed each August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald.
The dragon is "driven by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine ... a robot outshining all human actors," the website boasts.
Mechanics aside, Tradinno is, above all, a showbot. With polyurethane and glass reinforced plastics skin, veins that bleed 21 gallons of stage blood on cue, and liquid gas for fire-breathing pyrotechnics, the only thing Tradinno can't do -- despite the wings -- is fly.
Oh really -- the 11-TON robotic dragon can't fly? Shocking. He's not Falkor you know. Speaking of -- what was up with Falkor's back (links to picture)? Were those supposed to be scales? So he's half furry, half scaly? That's weird. It looked like insect larvae to me. Nothing I'd want to hold onto while flying around. "Call me when you get seats installed," I'd tell him.
Hit the jump for a shot of the whole dragon and a video of him in action.
Thanks to Priby, dunc and MortiZ, who are busy building a 52-foot walking dragon robot just to spite these people.