In March 2007, The Mikrosheise Minifig Forces vowed never to create a mecha-machine, designed solely to destroy property and life. Today, they have altered that vow a teensy-weensy bit.
The Mikrosheison Minifig Forces is [kinda] proud to unveil their newest invention: The Gladiator. Though it is absolutely nothing compared to other mechs on MOCpages, remember this: The Gladiator is Prototype 1A. By the time we get to 9Z, itíll be fascinating. But, for the meantime, this is Prototype 1A, the ugliest of ugly ducklings. But most of them turn into beautiful swans, donít they?
The first two photos are blurry for a significant purpose: to draw attention to those who will write criticizing reviews, whereupon they will want to criticize me for the bad photos, and thus view my page from there.
What were we talking about again? Ah, the Gladiator. That nameís probably been taken already, but the MMF doesnít care.
With six rapid-fire machine guns and a single-mounted canon, the Gladiator tries not to be too, too destructive. After all, Iíve seen mechs with laser canons, missiles, zing-boom-smash-bash-type stuff. Those kind of Lego creators, like Einstein, are far too ahead of their time . . . we gotta stick to the present, ya know.
I mutilated the legs off of a Lego Vikings dragon to create the legs, though in this case they are comprised of metal and electrical circuits, not scales and blood and bone. Though pathetic-looking, they are extremely powerful, and can not only walk like a Star Wars AT, but RUN as well. This photo shows the Gladiator in its sitting position, whereupon it can spring to a 50-mph gallop within seconds. Notice the deadbolt canon as the mechís left ďarmĒ.
An above shot, giving you a view of the cockpit, machine guns, and canon. If you think a bomber aircraft is safe from the Gladiator, you are wrong. The canon has 180-degree vertical articulation, allowing it to easily fire straight up into the air, or even behind the Gladiator.
Goiní off subject again: how about ďGladĒ as a nickname? Itís quite contradictory to its purpose, but itís cute anyhow (eeww . . .)
Did I mention death and destruction and explosions and execution and mass devastation and worldwide consummation? Hee hee hee.
Yes, you are correct; the Glad project was sponsored by Vodaphone, clearly identifiable on the feet.
Another view of the legs, with a wide range of joints and articulation. Do you see the thing sticking out underneath the Glad that looks like its winkie? Itís an electrocution ram, used to smash into enemy vehicles, other mechs, or a tree by accident. The shock is so bad that victim vehicles will stop, go up in smoke, and go no further. The drivers, yes, will be killed too.
Did I mention earlier the Glad can run? I wasnít fooling you. It can exceed speeds of 65 mph on flat terrain, and can even run through shallow bodies of water up to its ďwaistĒ, about 10 Lego feet.
The pilots are all fitted with a protective suit, obviously copied from the Ferrari sets. And youíre wondering why itís red, the worst military color in the world? Donít ask me . . . ask Bricklink why they donít have gray legs. Next up: Green Gladiator, Prototype 1B!!
The MMF is currently not very, very interested in the Gladiator project, and may shut it down after a couple more prototypes. Sorry, but I HATE mechs anyway.