There Is No Recession: Real-life Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
These battle droids are teh perfect comprmise between beating the holy hell out of each other for no particular reason and NOT beating the holy hell out of each other for no particular reason. So, you know, best of both worlds.
Unfortunately, anyone who is bad enough with money to buy these $17,000 battlebots probably doesn't live some place big enough to use these things to their utmost potential. The ultimate catch-22. WHY MUST LIFE BE SO CRUEL?!?!? I know that if I had $17k to drop on crazy stuff like this, I would be a lot less angry all the time. From the Hammacher and Schlemmer catalog:
You and (a) buddy each climb inside one of the beasts, and use a thumb-triggered button and two independent joysticks to activate the pneumatic-powered, tire-tread-fisted arms, while a Honda gas engine powers the hidden wheels, letting you float like a tank at up to 3 mph for up to five hours of fighting.
Up to 3 mph? That's just too damn fast. I'm sorry, guys. I'm out. Maybe if they topped out at 2 mph, I would be a lot more comfortable. Also, I GET TO BE THE BLUE ONE!