Transform and… double-park

typed for your pleasure on 31 May 2007, at 9.17 am

Sdtrk: ‘Hide away’ by Midnight movies

It’s hardly a secret that I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Japanophile, but who can blame me? Seriously, what other country would come up with the idea of marketing one of their auto company’s latest vehicles by using a giant robot?


Now THAT’S a sport utility vehicle

Technically, the Nissan Dualis isn’t a robot, but a ‘powered suit’ (think the Garland from Megazone 23, or the Knight Sabers’ Motoslaves from Bubblegum crisis), but then technically, the real Dualis, which is merely another SUV, doesn’t transform. Way to get my hopes up with your false fecking advertising, Nissan. And the videos hosted on YouTube, that feature the Dualis skating around Japan’s busy metropolitan streets, don’t help either. Still, it certainly gives one something to look forward to.

The Dualis powered suit was apparently designed by Shoji Kawamori, the most overworked mecha designer in Japan. Good lord, man, wasn’t working on most of the Macross series / the Armored core series / GUNHED / Escaflowne / Eureka7 / Aquarion / the AIBO ERS-220 enough for you? When was the last time you slept, sometime in the Seventies??

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4 have spoken to “Transform and… double-park”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    Looks vaguely derivative of the children’s toy “Robosapien”
    So…I assume this is just for looks?

  2. Davecat writes:

    Unfortunately, it’s merely for show.
    NISSAN, YOU HAVE FAILED ME

  3. greyfalke writes:

    So when the hell does Japan start makin “Labors”

  4. Davecat writes:

    Technically speaking, they should’ve already have started, as Patlabor took place in the late Nineties. That is, of course, if they haven’t already started building them, and are keeping them extremely secret…

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