This a is a LEGO mech shaped like a Praying Mantis, part of my Anti-Insectoid sets.
About this creation
The Story (created by myself):
In the years following the Great Civil War between the Unitron Empire and the Explorien Frontier, Earth and its conquered planets were left open for attack by forces from outside their galaxy. These forces came in the form of the UFOs. Using advanced technology, not to mention the bizarre biology of their species, which gave some telekinetic abilities and some the ability to shape-shift, the UFO forces almost wiped out the human race. Unfortunately for the leader of the UFO forces, Emperor Zegaldorph, their old enemies, the Insectoids, had followed them. In the great three-sided war that followed, many Insectoids, Extraterrestrials, and humans died. In the end, thanks to the heroics of the remaining Exploriens and Unitrons, the UFOs were forced to retreat. But, their forces being far less depleted, the Insectoids stayed behind... and began attacking Earth in the place of the UFOs. In desperation, Rick, leader of the Unitrons, formed an elite corps of fighters to defend Earth against the Insectoids... the Anti-Insectoids.
Pilot: Amanda West
Copilot: Charles Namdlo
Capacity: 2 people
Armaments: 4 Light Rockets, 4 Machineguns, 4 Medium Lasers, 6 Light Lasers, 2 Energy Blades, 1 Tractor Beam
Top Running Speed: 45 mph
Extra Information: The AAV-AI2 Praying Mantis is the second land-only Anti-Insectoid vehicle. Its legs are light yet strong, and number only four instead of the usual (six) or the extreme (eight), allowing it to have a decent top speed of forty-five miles an hour. The pilot of the Mantis, Amanda West, is an extraordinary driver. She is Leo Thompson's brother, and was also an officer of the Exploriens during the Civil War between the Unitrons and Exploriens. She was third-in-command of all the Unitrons, behind her brother Leo and father, Richard, leader of the Exploriens. That was before she fell in love with a renegade bounty hunter, Jack West, the man who was later appointed leader of the Anti-Insectoids. Only recently have the famous pair been called back to war. Since Jack enjoys flight more than fighting on the ground, though, her copilot is an old veteran named Charles Namdlo. He was a High General of the Ice Planet pioneers who moved back to earth when, according to him, "The cold got to me bones." Despite his age and bad grammar, he is a good pilot and an excellent gunner. He sits in the abdomen of the Mantis, which can detach and hover as a separate, and much faster, vehicle. The head can also separate in case of emergencies, and fly away. The Mantis can grip vehicles and crush them while burning them with special energy emitters in its claw arms. It can also chop up infantry with the energy blades on the tips of its arms. If it weren't for the fact that its legs lack sufficient armor and its pilot sits too high to see well, it would probably be more feared than the Scorpion.
TO THE GUY WHO MADE THE COMMENT BELOW: Yes, I have seen a Mantis before. Several times, in fact. They live outside my house. Sheesh. Mine is quite accurate to the real thing. The legs are all attached to the thorax and not the abdomen, the head can swivel completely, it has mandibles and all the proper joints on the arms... I don't understand? What are you complaining about?
The arms are not only lined with burning energy emitters, but also tipped with deadly energy blades. The only thing infantry and ground vehicle pilots of the Insectoid forces fear more than these blades is the Scorpion's crushing claw.
wow this is my favorie anti-insectoid. I love how the head and abdomen detatch! i might suggest to switch the detailing on the legs to make the front legs all brown and the first lower legs all green. This is a very very creative and good looking model.