Japanese Iron Man Suit for Sale

With a bare-bones sticker price of $1.3 million, Suidobashi Heavy Industry will build you a high-tech, robotic suit that might even make Tony Stark a little nervous.

Suidobashi’s Kuratas robot stands 13-feet tall and weighs about 6 tons. It comes standard with a leather seat and a “next-generation” V-Sido robot operating system, which allows the pilot to move the this gigantic bot’s arms and drive it around at a speed of six miles per hour. Weapon systems such a pair of BB-firing mini guns cost extra (Click below to see the super suhweet video).

The diesel-powered Kuratas can also be controlled remotely through a 3G network.

The Japanese company’s website displays videos and sophisticated-looking graphics of the Kuratas robot but unfortunately lacks a lot of detailed info.

Either way, we here at Defense Tech think it would make a nice addition to the office.

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Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman is the executive editor at Tandem NSI and a contributor to Military.com. He can be reached at mhoffman@tandemnsi.com.
  • Guest


    • guest

      ill have two!

    • Zach

      Really Want.

    • Sourpuss

      Can’t afford!!

    • Joe Herrold

      um, a little need to overcompensate for … inadequacy somewhere else?

  • dirtylodown

    Its a mech, not a Iron man suit.

    • Nick T.

      Strangely people tend to group the two together.

      • They see me trollin’, they hatin’

        Mister I’m going to a smarty pants.

    • kolin

      agreed lol

      • kolin

        to the not an iron man comment

  • Belesari


  • blight_

    Metal Gear?

    • JM


      • Josh K.

        METAL GEAR!!!!??

  • Nadnerbus

    If it doesn’t transform into an airplane or possibly a dinosaur, I don’t want it.

    • turtleboy

      Fyi the original transformer came from japan from a company called takara, untill hasbro bought the toyline off, the first animated transfromer was written in america and animinated in japan some of these earliest animation of transformer itself is in anime and that why if u come to japan u might see some new character of transformer that you wont see here in america, alot of the transformer character like hotshot is model directlyy from japanese transformable mech such as diaclone or gobot… alot of robotics and transnformable mech and mechs originated from japan , transformer has been swicthing back and forth from japan and america to produce it, recent transformer film from micheal bay leads many ignorant people to think that it is from the US, im sure the writter is awre of gundam but he CHOOSE to call it ironman just so their is a hint of trademark with US in it. but this resemble many japanese mech and gundam rather then anything..might as well called battle tech and mech warrior an american gundam

  • Tiger

    Looks like the bad robot from Robocop…..

  • Brad

    Do you think they could bring it down to $1.1 if i got the fabric interior instead of the leather?

    My REAL question is how upgradeable are those BB firing mini guns?

    • Matrix_3692

      to my knowledge, japan was a very strict gun-control law, so anything able to use live ammo is out of the question, so BB rounds are the best thing you get from original “factory” units

    • Pat

      How about a couple of GE miniguns in the arms?

      • Sourpuss

        HELLZ YEAH!!

    • Zach

      BB firing Mini guns Finally i will dominate airsoft matches HaHa!!!

  • jsallison

    Feh, kneecap it with my locust and riverdance on it’s rusting corpse.

    • Guest

      finally!!! A BattleTech ref.

      • blight_

        Considering the Rifleman and the Marauder debuted as Macross mecha designs…

        Give it some SRMs in the face

  • Jayson

    Still waiting for the Madcat with PPC or even a Veritech. I doubt we are getting an Optimus Prime anytime soon. I can see Metroplex arriving first though.

    This is the next step I can see on the battlefield though.

    • Belesari

      Hell no.

      This thing would be ripped apart in seconds on the modern battlefield. It has no armor and it only goes 6mph. Wait till a rock gets stuck in a join or it falls over.

      The armored suits like they are working on now are far better.

      Thats the problem with mecha. They are at best support. If you can build 300 sets of power armor which can take on this thing one on one what is the point?

      • Matrix_3692

        well considering that this is the first generation mechs it’s suppose to solve the “do you have it / can you built it” problem, performance and combat role issues came later, when they have developed that far.

    • nik

      Im waiting for a Timberwolf.

  • Pat

    The Smile shot. Now I want one.

  • Rob

    Nice toy. Expensive as hell for piece of art, which website claims it to be. Video does not convince me it functional. If i were to compare this to anime, i’d say it would be Votoms size machine or Workmate (Appleseed). However, those arms would be able grab something easily or conviently. Perhaps money they’re gain form this prototype/art piece wil lead to more functional item. PR really has people going about this on the net so far.

  • stephen russell

    Love to see limited production & lower price for Mecha.
    have Options:
    Utility models.

  • Prodozul

    Next step Gundams

  • Speedy

    Ok, call dibs on a Madcat AND a Raven (Madcat for fire support, Raven for nipping down to the shops for milk etc.)

  • WHAT

    Dear Santa…

  • Matrix3692

    i swear i gonna built something of this class after i graduate, and i’m not stopping until i’m able to mount a pair of 205mm recoiless gun on it’s shoulder.

  • traindodger

    Holy crap, it’s just like an SV from Phantom Crash! :D

    About the same size and everything.

  • Ems

    as a product, this is Bullshit …but it is Art for sure..they might get that much at a charity auction.

    • traindodger

      I don’t know, man. It sure would be easy to mount some real weapons onto something like this. Then again, it’s basically just a slow, one-person armored car that presents a huge target and probably can’t go off-road.

      Now, if they made one with a v-hull and articulating legs that allow it to lower itself to about car-height and powerful drive-by-wire in-hub wheel motors capable of propelling it to at least 60 miles per hour, they’d have a serious platform on their hands with actual civil and military applications.

      Imagine if you had a vehicle that could hide behind structures and raise itself up just enough for its gun to peek over the top while the rest remains in defilade, or lift one of its wheels to ride over a tall obstacle. As it stands, this is just a moving piece of art. However, with enough R&D money, something like this could one day be practical, battlefield-proven technology.

  • Ems

    as a product, this is BuIIshiat …but it is Art for sure..they might get that much at a charity auction.

  • STemplar

    Is it stealthy or modular? Because if it isn’t it’s crap……..

    • Matrix_3692

      relax, it’s barely pass prototype stage, stealth and modular comes later when this tech had reach the point where it needed it ( like when it’s field-ready)

      • STemplar

        So what you’re saying is my attempt at sarcasm was unsuccessful?

        • Matrix_3692

          the truth? yes, very unsuccessful sarcasm. no offense.

  • Bubba

    Of course this may just be me and a little of subject but if we are looking for a full body suit why not use boron carbide. One can shape it to a leg or torso and then actually use a HUD in the helmet. It actually would work and it would stand almost anything short of a 50. Cal. Mechs would be awesome don’t get me wrong but all it would do is attract an airstrike or rocket fire. When that happens it would leave troops wthout their “scapegoat “if u will.

  • engrish

    lol @ claw = crow

  • Ronald

    All I want to know is can I get it in a street legal version with 30 mph top limit. I can just see tooling around Houston. The best part would be putting my handicap tags on it and calling it my new motorized wheel chair lol

  • shawn1999

    Just think- the US Gov can buy a whole load of them (5) and sink all defense budgets into them and upgrading them and use them to replace the battalions of soldiers we have now- just as they are doing with the over priced high tech ships- then we’ll have an outnumber navy AND army (AF too, if the JSF costs keep going up like they are)!!

  • Matt

    If you people had any idea how much went into making this thing you wouldnt bag on it so much…
    The guys who made this took an ENORMOUS risk in the development of this unit footing the bill entirely. Its not a practical production model but a proof of concept, one they believed in so much it justified the cost. You can damn well bet people like DARPA are taking a look at it despite what you consider being a frivoulus toy or ” Art”.

    And when one day these things are parked on the corner in front of our house enforcing curfiew well see just how many smarmy misinformed comments we get from the troll patroll…LOL

  • Pappa51

    It looks like thw ones that Iron Man always defeats in the movies. Just a thought. . .

  • Pappa51

    Sorry T ipo it should reed “Looks Like thee 1’s that iron Man all ways defeats in the Move ws.”

  • Mitch S.

    Add shielding and it could be useful for cleaning up some oh, nuclear reactors. I hear Japan may have some that are in serious disrepair.
    It was disheartening to see Japan, a leader in robotics and automation, send suicide squads into the Fukushima reactor sites.

    • Belesari

      You realise that the entire fukashima accident was blown WAY out of proportion right?

      No one has died from it. Infact there are people all over the world who live in area’s that because of thorium get a far larger dose year round than the people who went into fukashima.

      Just a thought.

  • Jayson

    Once Kim Dotcom gets acquitted (we know he will be since it’s a DOJ trainwreck) I can forsee him being first in line to get a couple to patrol his island along with his inflatable tank.

    As for defenses, being as tall as it is, it’ll have better LoS and dealing with aircraft, why wouldn’t it have it’s own anti a/c defenses of some sort. It’s a platform that has a lot of potential down the road, even specializing roles.

    I’m just saying it starts from somewhere and this could be it.

  • dphil0812

    As Peter Griffin would say, “Freakin SWEET!”. I bet I could even take care of those pesky squirrels in my dang pecan trees too! “Does it come in black?”

  • Belesari

    I could see something like this leading to construction and such robotics.

    Its a long ways from anything for combat though.

    As other have said the combat mechs in Appleseed are probably the best bet.

    • Riceball

      Like the labors from Patlabor which would eventually lead to Patrol or Police labors which in turn would probably eventually lead to military labors.

      • Matrix_3692

        actually, in the anime “Patlabor”, military labors appear before law-enforcement units, and older units like the Hannibal had already been in active service and Peace-Keeping operations overseas when the concept of law-enforcing labor where being considered by the government.

  • Jupiter33458

    I have one kidney for sale.
    Asking 2.4m US.

  • Steve

    If my dad was rich, I’d have one.

  • Ross

    it is quite amusing that many of the comments condemning things like this as rubbish FOREVER because it lacks armour and speed etc…just how similar it was in the early 1900s when the tank was originally developed. We all now dismiss those original critics as retarded old-fashioned cavalry aristocrats.

    things take time to mature. this thing is, as people have mentioned, merely proof of concept and nonviable currently. This does not mean things like this will be nonviable in the future.

    • kraklindog

      Most intelligent comment

  • Hunter76

    BB guns?

    That looks to be the worst attack it could survive.

  • NerdAlert

    First time I have seen spending $1.2M will guarantee you NOT to get laid… NERD ALERT!!!

  • blight_


  • Anlushac11

    I wonder if PATLABOR name is still copyrighted?

  • Will

    I want 3 of them. On a side note, the DOD is probably figuring out some black ops budget they can put them in to purchase for further testing.

  • Robert

    How long will it be before we can bring MechWarrior vehicles into the real world battle field, complete with Particle Cannons and Plasma Cannons? Hopefully, not very long.

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