Loyal readers may recall that, late last year, we alerted the populace to an alarming Kickstarter project — a 15-foot-tall fighting robot designed to house a human pilot and do battle in arena combat scenarios.

That Kickstarter campaign ultimately failed, but the MegaBots initiative itself did not. Having secured funding from corporate sponsors, the engineering team has apparently completed enough of the robot to start throwing some international shade.

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In a video on the MegaBots homepage, the engineering team has challenged the makers of Japan’s giant Kuratas robot to a fight. The Kuratas machine has been online for a couple of years now, touring expos and trade shows, and even going up for sale at one point.

“We just finished tightening the bolts on the Mark 2, America’s first fully-functional giant fighting robot,” says a MegaBots team rep in the video, addressing the Japan team directly. “We have a giant robot, you have a giant robot,” “You know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel.”

Both robots are piloted by a driver actually inside the machine, and each is equipped with various weapons. Kind of. The MegaBot is designed to fling giant paint balls at more than 100 miles per hour, while the smaller but slicker-looking Kuratas is built for both melee and BB projectile combat.

In keeping with international fighting robot protocol — and competitive pride — the Kuratas team has issued their own response video.

Kogoro Kurata, CEO of Suidobashi Heavy Industry, has accepted the challenge, on the condition that the robots fight hand-to-hand.

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“My reaction? Come on guys, make it cooler,” Kurata says in the response video. “Just building something huge and sticking guns on it is … super American.”

As you can see in the videos, it’s all rather playful and squarely in the tradition of P.T. Barnum style spectacle and hype. Still, if all goes well, we’ll have a heavyweight robot title match next year, and there’s nothing wrong with that.