Aiming to steal the cosplay spotlight at this year’s Comic-Con, Wired magazine called on Hollywood big guns Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects to build the pulse-quickening giant robot in this video.
The team had just 24 days to build the 9.5-foot-tall, human-controlled mechanized suit with cameras and speakers. To create its face, Legacy Effects lead systems engineer Jason Lopes chose Digital ABS material on an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D Printer. “High detail and a strong part, going right from print to paint to being rigged mechanically,” he says of the face. “I couldn’t have done it any other way, plus it looks gorgeous!”
I saw the robot come to life in testing at Legacy Effects, and I can vouch for its looks, its shockingly lifelike movements and its terrifying size. It’s roaming Con “protecting the innocent and shooting an occasional video,” according to Wired. You can spot it there or on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #wiredmech.