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 2.8m x 5m, 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.