This new Battle Bug is a rule bender for sure. Its called Scuttler and its not even a bug, but it looks and acts like one. Its a coconut crab...a strange creature that lives, not in the water, but on land in the jungles of the many south pacific islands and feels right at home climbing trees. In real life, these creatures can weigh as much as 30 lbs. and can lift up to 64 lbs. This makes it the largest invertebrate on land and is said to the absolute upper limit to how large a land animal with an exoskeleton can be in our Earth’s atmosphere. Its powerful claws are designed to crack open coconuts and legend has it that they have occasionally made easy work of human fingers and limbs. They are also called robber crabs for their tendency to steal food and shiny objects from huts and tents.


On the battlefield, this Battle Bug lives up to its name as robber crab as it has an uncanny reputation to steal supplies (as well as victories) from platoons favored to win. The pilot operates its forward and reverse locomotion as well as its ultra-powerful claws while the rear facing gunner mans two swivel cannons, one rear “stinger” phalanx gun and two long range rocket launchers. its ability to lift far more than its own weight makes this crab a formidable foe to even much larger Battle Bugs. Like the real thing, this Battle Bug can climb vertical inclines such as banyan trees or cliffs and can plot sabotage on unsuspecting platoons below. This was built for the Jungle Fever build challenge over at Battle Bugs.

  • Guy H 5y

    Mecha Coconut Crabs of the world UNITE!

    Clockwork Coconut Crab
  • Lino Martins 5y

    V&A Steamworks...awww crap, I totally forgot that you built that! So much for me thinking I'm original. But yes, mecha Coconut Crabs of the world unite!
  • darkstaff 5y

    Just remember my friend, I can OUTGEEK all of you uber geeks! Be there soon! Also, I've seen those damn crabs up close and personal. They're HUGE, and move way faster than you would think. Very scary.
  • bricksonwheels 5y

    That is an awesome creation Lino! I love the geometry and the colours. I especially like the front 'antenna's' , they give it a creepy touch.
  • Doctor Mobius 5y

    Totally and absolutely beautiful. Also, that's the most guns etc I've seen you put on a battle bug! I assume the rear facing weapons are so that it can cover itself while it scuttles away with supplies? Fantastic!

    - Bring it with you in a few weeks, I want a closer look :P
  • Raphael Granas 5y

    No offense to Mobius (that mantis is awesomesauce), but still the Scuttler is my favorite battle bug and probably my favorite mech ever.
  • Doctor Mobius 5y

    None taken raphy, this bug is above and beyond.
  • Cole Blaq 5y

  • Andrew Becraft 5y

    Can't wait to see this next Saturday. In the meantime, Blogged by The Brothers Brick!
  • zrath 5y

    I only learned about coconut crabs a year ago, so I instantly recognized what this was.
    Outstanding job, sir!
    Those rock-lobster antennas give it great definition.
    More fuel for people who think lobsters are nothing but big sea roaches! :D
  • ModestLife 5y

    Steampunk coconut crab was cool, too!

    Oh. My. Dog. I just looked up that Wiki article and the damned things are for real.
  • Alex W 5y

    The real things are frightenly huge.
  • Matthew Falconieri 5y

    This was added to Legos.tumblr.coms queue! check back soon for the post! Also join our group @ legostumblr on flickr!
  • revzillo BF(Bondage Fiend) 5y

    Shouldn't that be MegLegomaniacs Lino !!! ;-)
  • Oscar Verbeek 5y

    Wouldn't want to be confrontated with that, yaiks!
  • Lino Martins 5y

    darkstaff...dude, awesome to have you out here! Come back anytime. Lets not make it another 14 years. And yeah, you did outgeek the best of 'em.

    bricksonwheels...thanks! When it comes to bugs, creepy factor is good.

    Dr. Mobius...yeah, I'll bring it this weekend. and yeah, lots more guns and greebling than my usual.

    raphy...thanks, man!

    cole blaq...uh huh!

    Dunechaser...added. thanks for featuring me. always much appreciated

    zrath...yeah, I didn't learn about them until a few months ago. scary as hell.

    Modestlife...oh yes, totally real

    storywriter...40lbs of huge

    legostumblr...thanks for adding me

    revzillo...MegLegomaniacs indeed!

    LegOscar...scary, scary stuff.
  • Doctor Mobius 5y

    I got to see this in person and it's just so darned lifelike, even with the cockpit, guns and missiles. Shoulda gotten some photos while I could.

    - J
  • Lino Martins 5y

    Doctor Mobius...I'm not bringing any bugs to this meeting...but I've got something wild planned for God Save The Queen
  • Ray Hutchinson 3y

    Awesome battlebug! Looks like the perfect vehicle for urban warfare. I can easily imagine it scaling skyscrapers!
  • iomedes !... 3y

    T.I.C. (Terrible & Incredible Creation)
    tic (tique) in french is a little parasite bug, you can not get rid of...
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