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Jul 9, 2013
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The sci-fi flick Pacific Rim, which stars larger-than-life antagonists and protagonists, is slated to arrive in local movie theatres on Thursday, July 11. Featuring the tried and tested Robots vs. Aliens recipe, it's one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Are we excited? Damn right we are!

(Click here for our six reasons why we're crazy for this film.)

However, we already know what to expect from Pacific Rim (read: gigantic mano-a-mano combat), and while we think its plotline and top-notch CGI will surely make geeks wet their pants, we can't help but think of those old-school robots. You know, those giant 'bots that made their mark via cartoons and TV shows, and made us '80s and '90s kids pester our parents to buy us our very own Voltes V. Guillermo del Toro might not admit it, but we're pretty sure he got a lot of inspiration from these shows. 

As a tribute to the giant robots that made our childhood a whole lot sweeter, we list down nine of our faves below. Because, old as they may be, they're still truly bad-ass.


1. Daimos

Vital robo-stats: 45 meters tall, 150 tons in weight

Our fave weapon: Double Blizzard, aka the one where raging tornadoes come out of his robo-boobs

Featured in one of the most popular Japanese cartoons to hit the Philippines in the '90s, the super robot Daimos transforms from a giant flying car-tractor into a lean and mean machine that can do a bit of karate-do. In fact, its finishing move involves no fancy projectiles and swords, just a lethal punch that rips through the metallic body of the sorry giant villain that dared to challenge it.


2. Mazinger Z

Vital robo-stats: 20 meters tall, 18 tons in weight

Our fave weapon: Breast Fire. Think Daimos' Double Blizzard, only with fire.

With a face that reminds us of The Dark Knight's Bane, Mazinger Z had one of the most recognizable super robots ever. Built from a fictitious metal called Super Alloy Z and forged from Japanium, a material that's (unsurprisingly) only found in Mt. Fuji, this bad-ass metallic heap of mayhem is super strong and can withstand everything that Dr. Hell's mechanical beasts throw at it.

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