A breed of reptilian aliens from the future is bearing down on New Jersey, seeking to destroy an 80-foot robot and everything else they encounter. Meanwhile, the show's hero, Coop, would rather scarf down a couple of convenience store hot dogs and cruise the mall. Despite his desire to be left out of the interstellar commotion, Coop gets pulled into a struggle that may determine the fate of the human race.
Coop is a 20-something gearhead who grew up on a steady diet of video games, professional wrestling and custom cars. One day, while scavenging through the local dump, he discovers an 80-foot-tall robot. Naturally, he takes it home and starts to tweak it. As a result, Megas (Mecha Earth Guard Attack System) is one incredibly powerful robot with some idiosyncratic touches: time travel, dimensional shift, a head made from a '70s muscle car and lots of chrome. Coop's best friend Jamie helps him understand the enormous mischief-making power of possessing a giant robot.
While Coop is busy cruising around the Garden State in a giant robot, he attracts the attention of the Glorft, a race of evil reptilian aliens from the future who have turned their sights on conquering Earth. They detect Megas' presence in the past and head back to eliminate it- and Coop.
Kiva, the original designer and pilot of Megas, also travels back from the future to retrieve her creation. When she arrives, she finds that Megas has been so customized that Coop is the only one who can operate it. Realizing she needs his help, Kiva must make sure that Coop focuses on the mission at hand- saving the Earth- and treats Megas as a serious weapon, not an overgrown toy. Coop means well and has natural ability as a pilot, but he has a short attention span.
Twenty-six episodes are planned.
Said co-creator Jody Schaeffer: "George (Krstic) and I came up with the idea when we were playing video games. We said 'Wouldn't it be cool if we made a cartoon about a guy that used his video-game experience to pilot a giant robot?'" Basically, we were validating our own lack of a life."
Said Krstic: "Megas XLR has a unique look. We took aspects of anime and traditional Western-style animation and storytelling and crammed them together. So the show has a unique look to it, and it's a look people can plug into very quickly."
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