When I was a young’n, I was completely and utterly scarred by the terrifying visage of Johnny Sokko’s giant robot (known in Japan by the slightly unimpressive nomenclature Giant Robo”), a severe face the likes of which I wouldn’t encounter again until the first time my child repeated one of my jokes to my mother-in-law.  It was, understandably, several years before I recovered from that trauma sufficiently to really appreciate the subtle poetry of men in rubbery suits crashing through cardboard cityscapes, but eventually (with the help of an enormous Gaiking action figure) I had my giant robot epiphany, which is also the name of my new Mumford and Sons cover band  Still, these days the robotic leviathans are all over the place, to the point where it is said that chick dig the giant robot cars, which begs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced as always, “misquoted”) still loves that the Power Rangers got the concept of the Megazord from Spider-Man, asking: Who’s the awesomest giant robot of them all?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

19 Comments

  1. Escaflone – it can turn into a robot(?) Dragon.
    There is nothing cooler than turning into a dragon.

  2. Darth Daffy on

    When I think of giant robots, and believe me I do, this one key phrase comes to mind. Chicks. Dig. Giant. Robots. Megas XLR is and always will be the best giant robot not because it was controlled by video game controllers, or that it had my dream car on top. But because its pilot was just a guy. In fact he was just a nerdy guy. And when my prepubescent brain saw this for the first time and saw Coupe stomping on aliens I couldn’t help but think ‘that could be me’.

  3. I’m torn between GoZyuJin (Gokai Silver’s mecha, which has alt modes), DekaBase Robo (the base of the Dekarangers itself transformed to a mecha) and Gouryuujin (also known in the US as Dragonzord Battle Mode).

    Then again, they could all probably be squished by Daijinryuu (also known in the US as Serpentera).

  4. Giant Bender from “Terror at 500ft” story from the first “Anthology Of Interest”; his only dream was to kill al humans.

  5. It was said above. Chicks dig giant robots. Close second though would be the Drivemax Megazord from Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. Thing was modular as hell and could adapt to a bunch of different situations. Now I know other power rangers megazords have been like this, but the Drivemax is the coolest looking one IMHO.

    • The only episodes I’ve seen of PROO were the “Once a Ranger” crossover episodes. But I’ve seen most of Boukenger and I’ll agree that mecha is pretty awesome.

  6. The capital ships from the Macross series, starting with the aforementioned Super Dimensional Fortress in the original Macross and culminating in the utterly massive Frontier and Galaxy colonization ships in attack mode.

  7. Big O was clunky, stiff, and had one of the coolest designs I’ve ever seen. Fitting somewhere between the sensibilities of the blocky robots of yesteryear and the more sleek, articulated robots of today, it gave the impression of a vintage car. Gorgeous and functional, but little else. What else do you need? Also, it was basically piloted by anime Bruce Wayne, so there’s that.

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