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Watching Star Wars as a seven-year-old inspired Matt from the UK to create a two-tonne robot that has walked into the record books.

Matt Denton, from Hampshire (UK) has now built the largest rideable hexapod robot, which measures 2.8 m x 5 m (9 ft 2 in x 16 ft 4 in).

What's a hexapod? A hexapod is something with six legs 

The hexapod robot, called Mantis, can be driven from inside or operated by Wi-Fi. It's 1.9 tonnes (4,188 lb) of bulk can walk at a top speed of just over 1 km/hr (0.6 mph).

Matt started building the hexapod robot in 2009, after he had built more than 20 smaller hexapod machines. Most were fewer than 50 cm (1 ft 7.6 in) in diameter.

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One of his hexapods even features in a Harry Potter film as a six-legged tortoise!

Matt’s inspiration for building walking machines came after he went to the cinema to see Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (USA, 1980) when he was seven.

He was amazed by the four-legged AT-AT robots.

Matt Denton with his Grandad

"I walked out of the cinema going 'machines that walk’. I couldn't believe it. That was pretty much it, that inspired me!"

Matt’s dreams then came full circle after he was chosen to work on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, on the BB8 robot.


Throughout his childhood Matt had a love of creating and building machines.

"When I got to the age of 13, I was always taking them apart and rebuilding the and making Frankenstein toys out of two things, trying to make them faster or better or bigger!"

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Matt also credits LEGO® for for making him curious as a child: "LEGO Technic sets fired up my imagination as a child. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do now without them."

Matt's mighty walking machine has a two-page spread in the Guinness World Records 2019 book, which is jam-packed with incredible achievements and fantastic feats and bursting at the seams with facts, figures and trivia!

Hexapod spread