LEGO Technic inspired Guinness World Record winner to build Largest Ridable Hexapod

Matt Denton, known to LEGO fans for his impressive upscaled Technic sets, has been awarded the Guinness World Record for constructing the Largest Ridable Hexapod.

Guinness World Records 2019 has been released, packed with new record breaking curiosities. Matt Denton has been awarded the Largest Ridable Hexapod record, as he put together a 6 legged walking machine that a human can sit inside. The robot measures [geot exclude_country=”United States”]2.8m x 5m[/geot][geot country=”United States”]9ft 2in x 16ft 4in[/geot], weighing in at almost two tonnes.

When discussing his success, Matt attributed the most complex of LEGO themes to instigating his interest in engineering. “LEGO Technic sets… fired up my imagination as a child. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do now without them,” he told Guinness World Records.

It was not just a childhood LEGO that sparked his fascination with walking robots though, that was the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This led to him building around 20 hexapods – walking six legged robots. After receiving funding from a company interested in his work, Matt embarked on the full sized, ridable version.

Matt Denton’s career in film is where his work is best seen, with one his hexapods used as a tortoise in the Harry Potter film series. In the current Star Wars movies, he is the Electronic Design and Development Supervisor, intimately involved in bringing to BB-8 to life.

Outside of his robot building and Star Wars work, Matt upscales classic LEGO Technic sets using a 3D printer. It has made for some impressive looking models, even more impressive when he upscaled Power Functions motors to make a giant LEGO go-kart work as remote control car.

The most impressive LEGO Technic marvel yet was recently revealed by the LEGO Group, when a full size working Bugatti Chiron was unveiled to the world.

LEGO Technic sets are available now at

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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