In the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald, the centerpiece in the annual production of "Drachenstich” – one of the oldest plays in German history – is a really big dragon. For the past three decades, the beast was played by a hollow model, with four human operators inside. But the producers decided a while back that the design needed a 21st-century upgrade, so they turned to robotics company Zollner Elektronik AG to build a completely automated version. The result is totally metal, in every sense of the word.
Measuring over 50 feet long, with a 40-foot wingspan and weighing over eleven tons, the new model nabbed the World Record for the largest walking robot ever built. The radio-controlled, diesel-powered behemoth walks and breathes fire on cue, and because a giant walking fire-breathing robot dragon apparently isn't awesome enough for some people, it can also spew gallons of stage blood.
Watch this bad boy in the clip below. The text is in German, but it doesn't matter, because giant robot dragon.