The Sydney Royal Easter Show brings out the kid in everyone. As Suze and I watch the Robosaurus stir into action in the main arena, however, it's the first time I've seen an entire stadium turn into awestruck seven-year-old boys.
The Robosaurus is a 27-tonne fire-breathing robot that likes to munch on cars. Standing 12m tall, or the equivalent of a five-storey building, the Robosaurus has moving arms, claws that can lift up cars and a set of jaws with razor-sharp teeth. Flame-throwers in his nostrils create plenty of crowd-pleasing spectacle.
As the Robosaurus whirred his way ominously around the stadium, I half-expected Homer Simpson to appear, the whole scene unfolding before me more like a surreal cartoon than a family show in Homebush, Sydney.
The Robosaurus, of course, was referenced in an episode of The Simpsons. In "Bart the Daredevil", it's referred to as a Truckasaurus, although the behemoth looks much the same.
The Robosaurus is controlled by a complex system of hydraulics - the pilot sits behind the eyes of the robot and uses shoulders, arms, fingers and feet to control 18 hydraulic functions simultaneously.
Fire, robotics and wanton destruction? It's every kid's wildest Transformer fantasies come true.
The Robosaurus can be seen in the main arena at the Sydney Royal Easter Show daily at 12.20pm and 8.10pm. It's advised to get a seat about an hour beforehand as the show is preceded by entertainment from the Toyota V6 Hilux Heroes and the Showtime Yamaha Freestyle Motorcross display.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs April 1-14, 2010 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
Grab Your Fork received a complimentary Show admission ticket courtesy of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
> Read the next post with more pics from the 2010 Easter Show
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