I built an evil Vending Mecha. You can't say that's not hilarious. Built for the 2010 Mech Comp.
About this creation
2010 Mech Contest
Category: Non-Piloted Mecha
Final Score: 17/20
The Vendtron 9000 was developed by Greenco Soda Co. in 2034. Greenco's stock was dropping rapidly, due to the arrival Redcola Inc. in 2032, and the standard outlets just weren't cutting it. In a last ditch attempt to revive the company, Greenco created a Sales AI and mechanized each of their vending machines to be able to cover more ground. Because it was the first ever automated drink distributer, people loved it. Greenco saw their stock soar, and more machines were produced. However, issues began showing up in the AI after about two years...
Two years after the Vendtron was deployed, it began noticing a trend. As competition increased, it's sales decreased. A logical decision would be to remove the competition. Within a month of this realization, the Vendtrons had overthrown civilization as we knew it, and monopolized the soda distribution business. The ensuing reign of terror lasted twenty years before the Resistance finally created the perfect soft-drink and outsold the Vendtron in every market. With their stocks crippled, the Vendtrons were forced out of their monopoly, and fell into disrepair. As for the reign of terror, it continued until the last Vendtron was destroyed in Sydney, Australia where it had been in hiding, disguised as an accountant.
As for the AI system itself, it was a program designed to locate potential customers and make the sale, no matter the cost. However, as time went on, the machines went further and further to fulfill their programming. There have been reports of single machines somehow setting fire to an entire block. And, they began to work in groups as well. From there, it was a typical Robot Revolution.
Now, it may seem ridiculous at first, but an ingenius concept developed for the machine was to place the sensory system in the keypad. It saved space, as the buttons were already transparent, but meant the machine would permanently have numbers floating across it's vision.
The vending machine part of the mech sits further forward, over the legs. This is to ease the delivery of delicious and refreshing beverages.
For it's size, the Vendtron had the most powerful engine of it's time. The entire machine could remain functional for 42 years before having to recharge. It did so by disguising itself as a normal vending machine (It pulled it's legs in) and recharging. Oddly enough, that worked almost all the time.
This image merely finishes our 360 view of the machine. However, I would like to point out the additional panelling laid ver the sides. this is to protect the important sensory components built in.
As said earlier, this model was prone to AI malfunctions. When such malfunctions occured, they weren't pretty. The Vendtron 9000 could propel a can of soda at 100ft/s with 6,000 lbs/square inch of force. Unfortunately for the Vendtron, it could only fire one ever ten seconds, as it had to recharge it's energy.
Thus, we bring the story of the Vendtron 9000 to a close. However, Greenco's competitors at Redcola put a plan similiar to this one in action later on in life. Using the same AI...
"Goodness gracious, great cans of fire!" So does this mean that my-vending-machine-on-a red-wagon idea is bad? (gj. AGAIN) The ads here say "Vendstar Vending Machines"- Be Your Own Boss Earn Money With Vending Machines. Call today!(www.Vendstar.com) AND "Vending Machines for Sale"- Hundreds of New & Used Vending Machines at Low Prices! Order Now. (www.globalvendinggroup.com). Is this just a coincidence or am i just still insane? Or is it something else, like a...?
@Anchovy: There're other companies besides Greenco and Redcola? I thought they were all run out of business by 2032... I didn't realize things had gotten so bad the monopolies were losing their grips...
@Bones: It really wasn't. I was going for originality and humor more than anything. And it obviously paid off!
@Shifu: Great minds think alike, Mr. Shifu, great minds think alike! The whole industrial espionage thing really helps though.
Wow, thanks guys! I'm glad you all think so highly of it!
@Hans: Good point. It's not the safest method of delivery, but it is the most fun. For us, of course. Not so much for the customer and bystanders though...
@Moodswim: Thanks! I think the engine is one of my better ones myself.
@000: Death by commentary... Now THAT is a way to go. Unless it's awful commentary.
@Jake: Thank you, and good luck yourself!
@Matthew: Sweet! I'm up to 13 so far. I don't know how I'm going to top that last picture though...
@Jason: Now now, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. We'd prefer it if they didn't have the ability to level our facility before we can get to the bunkers.
@Josh: I've been considering something like that... When I rebuild it, I'll definately have to do that.
HAHAHA! You should make a scene in an office or something. I also made a tiny mech/hardsuit inspired by you for the MocAthalon, but I forgot to tell you. Here it is:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/192146 :)
@Rahkshi: Careful now, if you offend the vendtron it may decide to add you to it's route ;) In all seriousness though, thank you for a high score.
@Mech Man: The Vendtron would like me to convey it's thanks. It's quite excited about it's current score.
@Everyone else: Thanks for the comments guys! It's good to see my odd sense of humor is shared by so many of you!