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Pacific Rim exclusive: The movie robot to end all movie robots - and it's taking on Sydney

Adam 'Robo' Bub
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The blueprint for an Australian robot; The poster for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
The blueprint for an Australian robot; The poster for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.

Move over, Transformers: There's a new movie robot in town, and it's based on real technology.

Visionary director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) is bringing to life the new sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim in 2013. In the film, powerful pilot-operated robots called "Jaegers" battle the "Kaiju", giant sea monsters intent on destroying the human race (evil laugh here).

MovieFIX has your first look at the blueprint for the tailor-made Australian Jaeger named "Striker Eureka", stationed at the "Sydney Shatterdome".

The mega-robot is described as "the most advanced battle machine ever assembled: the biggest, fastest and strongest Jaeger ever to walk the earth".

Director del Toro recently admitted on his fan site that the Jaegers are "based on existing robotic / DARPA jet-fighter neural links [DARPA being Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency]".

"The very first engines used to create the 'muscle strands' on the Jaeger limbs were Husqvarna engines and the first assembly line was an amalgam between Germany and US. Those were the MARK I," del Toro wrote.

Sound like mumbo jumbo? The Jaeger blueprint below goes deeper. The writing is small, but the highlights appear to be the "Anti-Kaiju missile chest launcher", the "brass knuckles" on the robot's fingers, and the retractable "sting blades" on the arms.


The Pan Pacific Defense Corps' "Striker Eureka" Australian Jaeger blueprint.

At the bottom of the blueprint is a launch date: November 2, 2019. Watch the video below for a Pacific Rim teaser about the Kaiju invasion — it's eerily real.

For more exclusives on Pacific Rim, visit the just-launched Pan Pacific Defense Corps website. Which country will be attacked first?

Pacific Rim stars Prometheus' Idris Elba, Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam, Babel's Rinko Kikuchi and Horrible Bosses' Charlie Day. It's out July 11, 2013. Vote 'want to see' or 'not interested' on MovieBuzz.

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