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WRU-1142 'Maschinenteufel'
A mecha used by Hadron Industries to recover escaped factory workers. In Frogviet Earth, Job Finds You.
About this creation
Well, this little monster was built for Waffles' 'The Contest For Best'. Yes, this is the second bipedal gray mecha for that contest, but it's still pretty freakin' awesome. My question was "If you were to invent a new invention to catch (inserted animals or pedestrians here), how would it work?". It's probably a good thing that noone could hear the psychotic laughter that accompanied this... Mostly because I'd look like even MORE of a homicidal maniac (if that's still possible). I'll think of other reasons later. Anyways, enough of my insanity! We'll move on to the backstory now!

The Worker Recover Unit, model number 1142, is a standard crowd control mecha employed by Hadron Industries to suppress worker riots, intimidate the workers, and recover escaped workers. Nicknamed the 'Maschinenteufel' (Gremlin) for it's short legs and gangly arms, the mech has been a common sight around factories and construction projects. It fits a single Frog operator (There has been talk of enlarging it to fit a loyal human, but most agree that'd be a bad idea. It's one thing to teach the humans, but quite another to arm them. And yet another to teach them how to use YOUR armaments. I mean, really...) comfortably in a panoramic cockpit. It is lightly armored, and is capable of surprising bursts of speed. Many an elated prison- employee... has been so close to freedom, only to find an iron claw wrapped around his torso. It's actually pretty funny. Most guards keep a betting pool open on who will try to escape, and how long they'll last.

The Mech is vaguely humanoid, which is ironic in a sense, and stands at a little over ten meters. The unit shown here is non-standard, and has been personalized by it's pilot.
Who's a big fan of Gundam. I will not explain that joke later.

The mecha's side profile is dominated by the armoured plexiglass canopy, which allows the pilot a panoramic view of his surroundings. Due to the shaping, it causes it to look much bigger from the inside, and occasionally causes an existential crisis in pilots that have been exposed to illegal substances.
Whoa, this is like... Whoa man...

The mech has large, dexterous hands which are used for grabbing fleeing employees. Especially skilled pilots challenge their coworkers to boardgames, knitting, Jenga, or pickup sticks from their mechs. One pilot was even known to challenge his friends to video game matches, where he operated the controller using the mech.
NOTE: The hand design belongs to Lord Dane. , not me.
He was known simply as 'That Guy Who Spends Too Much Time In His Walker'

The rear of the suit is relatively uninteresting. There are also no anecdotes that can be shared via mocpages. Trust me, they get really weird at this point...


The suit's power plant is almost totally exposed, being covered by a light sheet of armor plating. This was to allow for enhanced mobility, and is actually a rational decision as this isn't a combat suit. However, should it actually be hit by armor piercing rounds, Hollywood probably can't do the ensuing explosion justice.
Well, except Michael Bay. But he doesn't really count, as all he does is blow stuff up.

The other side of the mech is as bland as the rear, but lacks the scary anecdotes.


The 'Reizstoffe' Mk. XII Neuro-scrambler is the only real weapon on the suit. Its primary function is turning angry crowds into a mass of drooling vegetables for 8-12 hours. There may or may not be lasting damage. However, if you turn the output down far enough, it becomes the equivalent of using the same illegal substances that make the canopy so interesting. As you can imagine, this is a great party trick.
An even better one is when it lifts a keg to its pilot.

The canopy is composed of tinted armoured plexiglass. It can stop small arms fire up to a frag grenade held up against it, in which case it may shatter and make things VERY unpleasant for whoever is inside. And probably for whoever was holding the grenade as well.


The cockpit interface is relatively standard. There's a big dashboard with lots of pretty buttons and flashy lights. The suit is also equipped with an onboard AI, who communicates via onboard speakers. The frogs on illegal substances are typically terrified of this. The AI also has a variety of voice options, all of them in completely incomprehensible accents. Hadron Industries believes that you read the manual, and won't need any help during operation. Speaking of which, the operation manual is over 10,000 pages and considered a weapon by eight of the surrounding systems.



This MOC has been brought to you by Ribbits M, whose other car is a mildy irritated Tyrannosaurus.
Jealous?

And thus it comes to a close! Thanks for stopping by, and drop a comment if you can! Remember, you can't leave the page until you do. Any attempts to leave will be met with a summary tossing-by-mecha.



Comments

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Perry McShane
  September 26, 2010
do the employees sleep at work?
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  September 26, 2010
Quoting Perry McShane do the employees sleep at work?
Sleep?
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  August 15, 2010
Huzzah for odd bonus point attempts!
  August 15, 2010
Oh wait, and extra point for the tyrannosaurus rex car.
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  August 12, 2010
Quoting Waffles . Well well well, what have we here? A mecha? Again? =P Great job on this, and as always a great write up to go along with it. Like key lime pie after a nice meal of chili and cornbread... Anyway, for the judging. I award you a score of 8 out of 10 for creativity. An eight you ask? Mainly because you already did a Mech, and I am judging much harder this round. For quality, I give you a score of 9 out of 10, mainly because I like the overall look of the build, as I do all of your other mechs. The only part I would have wanted done differently would be to make the legs a little less like a hockey goalie's leg guards and more like regular legs. This leaves you with a score of 17/20. All in all an amazing super awesome cool great perfect almost godly but not quite build. ~Waff
And I'm totally fine with that. In defense of the legs however, I was going more fore a goblinoid look, to match the name. It's got short bulky legs and long skinny arms with big hands. I expected a slight loss of points for another grey bipdeal mecha, though.
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  August 11, 2010
Well well well, what have we here? A mecha? Again? =P Great job on this, and as always a great write up to go along with it. Like key lime pie after a nice meal of chili and cornbread... Anyway, for the judging. I award you a score of 8 out of 10 for creativity. An eight you ask? Mainly because you already did a Mech, and I am judging much harder this round. For quality, I give you a score of 9 out of 10, mainly because I like the overall look of the build, as I do all of your other mechs. The only part I would have wanted done differently would be to make the legs a little less like a hockey goalie's leg guards and more like regular legs. This leaves you with a score of 17/20. All in all an amazing super awesome cool great perfect almost godly but not quite build. ~Waff
 I made it 
  August 9, 2010
Sorry it took so long everyone! @Gab: That isn't much of an accomplishment ;) @Tom: Thanks! Although I don't think I should be allowed to make a movie. It can't end well. @Cody: Thank you! The Rex is a pain to park though.
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  August 3, 2010
Impressive. This could have a future in a movie. Has that look and feel.
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  July 28, 2010
Excellently done, both of your rides are awesome. :)
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  July 27, 2010
Yarr, thank ye matey!
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  July 25, 2010
Lol you have some of the best commentary i have ever seen on mocpages xD
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  July 24, 2010
Thanks guys! @Luiz: Thank you, like I said though, those hands aren't mine. @LegoLord: The gun was originally going to be an arm, but I thought it'd look better Predator style. @Hector: Many thanks good sir! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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  July 24, 2010
Ha! Awesome mech ad funny description. - Hector
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  July 24, 2010
I love that gun on top.
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  July 23, 2010
Great tiny mech! Lovely hands design. Oh, and extra points for the froggy pilot!
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  July 23, 2010
Quoting Dan Church Why are there so many MOCs out there that show that there is an alternate Earth that is ruled by our little amphibian friends. At least they aren't using minifigs as slaves..... Hmm I may have just gotten a MOC idea. Great MOC, and thanks for the possible inspiration.
Well, I suppose I'm getting pretty close with implied slavery. And I really couldn't answer you on why. For me, it's just because I find the idea hilarious and I have frogs. IIRC, Frogspace started out as a joke on Flickr, and evolved from there. It then got moved over to MOCpages somehow, and has just kept going. @Histo: Thanks man! 'Job Finds You' is my favorite 'Soviet Russia' joke due to it's accompanying picture.
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  July 23, 2010
Why are there so many MOCs out there that show that there is an alternate Earth that is ruled by our little amphibian friends. At least they aren't using minifigs as slaves..... Hmm I may have just gotten a MOC idea. Great MOC, and thanks for the possible inspiration.
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  July 23, 2010
This is awesome! Not only is it a great mecha, it's hilarious, too. Job finds you! Haha!
 
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