Stumbling upon these photos was a strange moment for me. I’ve been playing Borderlands recently, and it had never occurred to me that the monster excavator from the video game might’ve been based on a real-world machine—a real-world machine which, just by eyeballing it, looks like it might actually be bigger than the video game version. Dark Roasted Blend has a good article with lots of deets on the monster.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Spades

    And even better, there’s this lovely song about one of our beasts:

    Around these parts we even make cloud from the brown coal we dig up from below our feet:

  • drsprite

    This big beast is also in Call of Duty: Black Ops, in the background of one of online multiplayer maps.

  • Bucket excavator

    That’s one massive piece of heavy equipment.