Our Legendary Bots

Why exactly do we call our robots “legendary”? In short…because legends and mythology are AWESOME! Hence, each of the robots we build here at Robotic Legends is named after an appropriate mythological creature or machine from human history and folklore. Check out the team below!

Talos (inspiration for 3 lb Beetleweight bot)

Talos in the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Greek mythology, Talos, also spelled Talus (/ˈteɪlɒs/; Greek: Τάλως, Tálōs) or Talon (/ˈteɪlɒn, ən/; Greek: Τάλων, Tálōn), was a giant automaton made of bronze to protect Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island’s shores three times daily.

Talos was a brass humanoid measuring 30m high, who was forged by the god Hephaestus and was given to Minos to protect the island of Crete against the invaders. The island was 260 km long and Talos had to cover this distance 3 times a day.

Talos had one vein, which went from his neck to his ankle, bound shut by only one bronze nail. The Argo, transporting Jason and the Argonauts, approached Crete after obtaining the Golden Fleece. As guardian of the island, Talos kept the Argo at bay by hurling great boulders at it. According to (pseudo-)Apollodorus, Talos was slain when Medea the sorceress either drove him mad with drugs, or deceived him into believing that she would make him immortal by removing the nail. In Argonautica, Medea hypnotized him from the Argo, driving him mad with the keres (female death-spirits) that she raised, so that he dislodged the nail, and “the ichor ran out of him like molten lead”, exsanguinating and killing him. Translator Peter Green notes that the Argonautica’s Talos story is somewhat reminiscent of the story of Achilles’ heel.

Talos (the bot)

Talos is a 3D printed (mostly TPU-95) egg beater bot with 2 wheeled drive and 1 brushless motor pulley to run it’s standard size egg beater bar weapon. (as of 2024) Built to drive inverted, hit hard and take multiple hard hits in return, this bot is a tank!

Manticore (inspiration for a 3 lb Beetlweight)

Johannes Jonston (1650) Historiae Naturalis Copperplate engraving by Matthäus Merian.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The manticore or mantichore (Latin: mantichora; reconstructed Old Persian: *martyahvārah; Modern Persian: مردخوار mard-khar) is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx that proliferated in Western European medieval art as well. It has the head of a human, the body of a lion, and the tail of a scorpion or a tail covered in venomous spines similar to porcupine quills. There are some accounts that the spines can be launched like arrows. It eats its victims whole, using its three rows of teeth, and leaves no bones behind.

Manticore (the bot)

Manticore is a control bot with a 2 joint articulated servo “tail” attached to the rear-top lid with a weapon at the end of the tail. This is designed to hit and control with more articulation than standard “swinging arm” weapons.

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