Archax is a real life giant robot you can pilot

  • It has two modes, robot and vehicle
  • It’s massive, standing over 14 feet tall
  • The price is truly eye-watering

Published on Oct 25, 2023 at 3:36 PM (UTC+4)
by Tobias Waters

Last updated on Oct 25, 2023 at 7:13 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

Archax is a real life giant robot you can pilot

Everyone loves giant robots and now the dream to hop in a cockpit and call out attack names on the way to work is closer than ever to reality.

But there’s a catch and it’s the eye-watering price.

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Tsubame Industries, founded just two years ago, aims to convert science fiction into science reality.

It is this philosophy that spawned Archax, which is the giant robot you see here.

Standing 4.5 meters tall (14.76 feet) tall and weighing a healthy 3.5 tonnes, Archax is more than a ride or a simulator

It can transform, and has two modes: robot and vehicle.

In robot mode, Archax moves at 2 km/h, while its compact vehicle mode approaches speeds of 10km per hour.

But what it lacks in speed, it more than makes up for in style.

The pilot uses a small ladder to get into the cockpit and has full control not just of the four legs, but can also manually move the head, waist, and arms.

Perhaps even more impressive is the control that the rider has over the robot’s hands.

Each can be moved and rotated at the wrist, and each finger can be individually manipulated.

Controlled by a pilot, the demonstration given at the Japan Mobility Show attracted a large crowd.

The audience gasped as Archax’s controlled yet powerful movements had us asking, “where is the nearest dealership”?

Well, that’s part of the catch.

At present, Tsubame is only planning to sell five of these mechanical marvels, so you’ll need to be quick with your pre-order.

The second snag is that each Archax will set you back a cool ¥400 million – $2.6 million at today’s rate.

But you can’t put a price on upholding interstellar justice.

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Tobias Waters

Based in Tokyo, Tobias has been a writer and editor for a decade, writing on topics ranging from major IPOs to comic books, from self-driving cars to Japan’s first CBD beer. When left to his own devices, he can be found playing videogames or watching movies on said devices. He thinks the underwater episode of Bojack Horseman is the best in the series and you can’t change his mind.