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Megabots Pulls the Plug, Puts Eagle Prime on eBay

Megabots had an inspiring run, starting as part of a giant robot arm demo’d at Comic-Con, turning into a number of compelling crowdfunding and viral video campaigns, and leading up to a much anticipated but somewhat disappointing bout between their massive, $2.5 million robot and a Japanese counterpart.

Now, despite attempts to find a viable future after the closure of their production company, they’re officially calling it quits. Eagle Prime, their biggest, baddest robot, is listed on eBay (currently at $70,000 — a steal of a deal). Co-founder Matt Oehrlein explains it all in his latest Youtube video, stating that he’s passing the torch to someone else that can try to make battling robots a successful endeavor.

Make: collaborated with the Megabots team through the years, with exciting (and hair pulling) demos at Maker Faire, as well as telling their tale as the cover story of Make: Volume 58. We appreciate their dedication to making an over the top builder’s dream a reality, and wish them luck on whatever comes next.

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Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with electronics, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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