Crimson Typhoon Stomps In

Meet the latest Pacific Rim Jaeger

It’s clear that the competition between Pacific Rim and Iron Man 3 to see which film’s team can generate the most image coverage in one week is not over yet. Today sees the latest offering from both, with this one the new Jaeger to come crashing out of Guillermo del Toro’s latest. Say hello to China’s effort, the Crimson Typhoon.

Looking for all the world like one of Justin Hammer's drones from Iron Man 2 took some illegal hormone therapy, got huge and then went for brand new paint job to celebrate, the Typhoon boasts three arms, and is piloted by triplets as opposed to the standard Jaeger compliment of two pilots linked by a neural bridge.

You’ll know the Pacific Rim story by now, but just in case: when the human race is attacked by huge, devastating creatures known as Kaiju swarming from a portal to another dimension found deep beneath the ocean, civilisation as we know it faces extinction.

To combat the threat, various countries build gigantic robot craft to fight the menace, but even they can’t quite overcome the Kaiju onslaught. The only hope seems to lie in a washed-up pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and a raw rookie (Rinko Kikuchi) who must dig up a defunct older Jaeger and save us all.

If there’s one thing about the Kaiju threat that’s positive, at least it seems to bring the nations together. Even if it is in screaming desperation and resources-sapping construction of city-smashing metal titans. A little from column A, a little from column B...

With del Toro orchestrating the madness and Ron Perlman, Charlie Day and Idris “We are cancelling the apocalypse!” Elba in the cast, Pacific Rim arrives on July 12. You can see the other two Jaegers so far here and here. Plus, why not watch the trailer again? You know you want to.