Koreans Are Building A Real Mech

Vitaly Bulgarov is a concept artist who used to work at Blizzard on stuff like StarCraft. He’s now working on something a lot cooler.


Bulgarov has been helping out a company called Korea Future Technology on their latest project, which is called METHOD-1: a big, real, functioning mech. Not a stage prop, not a promotional gimmick, but a serious attempt at working through the early stages of getting one of these things off the screen/comic book pages and into the real world.

This mech isn’t being designed as a solution to real world problems, or as a homage to a Blizzard shooter. Instead, it’s coming at the situation from the other way around: KFT is building a mech to see just what scenarios it could work in, and what parts of its tech are more useful than others (so, say, if the idea of a bipedal robot was crap but those robot arms were useful, then using them somewhere else).

Here are a couple of compilation videos showing the mech waving its arms around and, more importantly, walking:

You can see more of Vitaly’s work—including a lot of cool mech designs—at his personal site.

Let’s hope it goes better than this.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.


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