"Lean, mean and green..."
Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide

3 Stegs 2 Heaven (referred to on the show as 3 Stegs to Heaven) was a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 5 of Robot Wars and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. It lost its only battle in Extreme to Tornado, but this prompted the team to make modifications ahead of Series 5, where 3 Stegs 2 Heaven reached the Heat Final before being eliminated by the eventual runner-up, Bigger Brother.

3 Stegs 2 Heaven was the successor to Steg 2 and distant successor to former Grand Finalist Steg-O-Saw-Us, being built by the Jurassic Park team without their former captain Rob Heasman, who had already left the team before Extreme.

Design[edit | edit source]

3 Stegs 2 Heaven as it appeared in Extreme 1, without its spinning blade

3 Stegs 2 Heaven was a radical departure from its predecessors, being a two-wheeled, invertible robot painted green and armed with a small vertical cutting weapon at the front. In its original appearance in Extreme 1, the weapon was a small double-ended spinning bar interchangeable with the round cutting disc later seen in Series 5[1], while the robot's wheels were exposed and the top panel decorated with red Stegosaurus-like spikes on its top, which along with its colour scheme paid homage to its original predecessor Steg-O-Saw-Us. At the time, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven only weighed 72kg.

3 Stegs 2 Heaven in the arena in Extreme 1

3 Stegs 2 Heaven before being painted

The concept behind 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was to build the robot small enough in order to be fast and have a nimble turning circle. However, it was untested prior to Extreme 1, and suffered from exposed wheels and numerous other problems that lead to its defeat against Tornado, which compelled the team to redesign it ahead of its Series 5 appearance:

"At the Robot Wars Extreme Event we noticed a few flaws in the design:
The Wheels - They were too exposed. We have not had this problem before as the wheels were on the inside on the previous Robots, but on this Robot they are on the outside.
The Weapon - although it can put holes in other Robots, it didn't give total destruction like we hoped.
Speed Controllers - We had a problem with the speed controllers, which made the robot lose control. The speed controllers have always been matched to their motors and should not have been adjusted! (Was it a freak accident or was it foul play???)
Finally we still have 28 kilo's to play with.
"
— Team Website

Official profile from Series 5

Side profile of 3 Stegs 2 Heaven in Series 5

In Series 5, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven's wheels were enclosed with additional armour mounted on the sides and rear of the robot, and only the larger and thicker cutting disc was used. The sloped side armour near the robot's spinner were also substituted for flat panels. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven otherwise retained the same basic design, colour scheme and Stegosaurus spikes as it carried in Extreme 1. While the new cutting disc was fairly effective in causing damage to other opponents, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was still vulnerable to being flipped, and notably suffered issues with its drive, becoming immobile on one side even in victory.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The competition in the Robot Wars Magazine

The conclusion of the naming competition

The robot's name was a pun on the phrase three steps to heaven, a reference to it being the third in the Steg series of robots, after Series 3 Grand Finalist Steg-O-Saw-Us and Series 4 Semi-Finalist Steg 2. The robot's name came from a competition held in the original Robot Wars Magazine, as the Jurassic Park team did not want to simply call it "Steg 3". The winning name was revealed in Issue 13 to be 3 Stegs 2 Heaven, coined by a seven-year-old boy Mark Coucher. This spelling was used in the magazine and the team's website[2], although the TV show simply used 3 Stegs to Heaven.

"3 STEGS 2 HEAVEN is getting a little make-over for the SIXTH WARS.
We will use the same Robot but with a lot of modification, and the robot's name in the next series will be Steg 3. That's assuming we qualify!
"
— Team Website

3 Stegs 2 Heaven was going to be rebuilt for the Sixth Wars and named Steg 3. However, it is unknown if it attempted to qualify.

The Team[edit | edit source]

Main article: Jurassic Park

3 Stegs 2 Heaven was built by the Jurassic Park, albeit without their former captain Rob Heasman, who had left the team by this stage and competed in Extreme with Oblark. The team captain was now electrical engineer Peter Rowe, while Dan King became the driver of 3 Stegs 2 Heaven, with newcomer Richard Francis filling the third space in the team.

Robot History[edit | edit source]

Extreme 1[edit | edit source]

3 Stegs 2 Heaven participated in the All-Stars Tournament due to Team Jurassic Park having reached the Grand-Final in Series 3 and Semi-Final in Series 4 with their previous robots Steg-O-Saw-Us and Steg 2 respectively. In the first round, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven faced fellow Series 4 Semi-Finalist Tornado.

"They're like all tornadoes, they're just hot air."
— Peter Rowe

3 Stegs 2 Heaven is pushed around by Tornado

Sir Killalot grabs 3 Stegs 2 Heaven

Tornado pushes 3 Stegs 2 Heaven onto the flame pit

Here, it lost drive to its right hand side almost immediately, and was repeatedly slammed and pushed around the arena by Tornado. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was then hoisted over the Flame Pit by Sir Killalot, with the Jurassic Park team clearly anticipating its defeat in their control pod. Dead Metal dragged 3 Stegs 2 Heaven to the Floor Flipper, which tossed it into the air, causing it to land upside-down and its blade to hit the floor, as 3 Stegs 2 Heaven did not have a top castor fitted. The impact broke the chain powering since 3 Stegs 2 Heaven's blade, and the battle went to a judges' decision as Refbot failed to count it out. Needless to say, the judges ruled in favour of Tornado, eliminating 3 Stegs 2 Heaven from the All-Stars.

According to Robot Wars Extreme: The Official Guide, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was considered as a potential competitor for the Mayhem event, in order to qualify for one of the two Annihilators. It is unknown if 3 Stegs 2 Heaven chose to withdraw or did not take part at all, but the team ultimately competed in no further events to concentrate on modifying the robot for Series 5.

Series 5[edit | edit source]

"They're back with 3 Stegs 2 Heaven... I didn't see anything wrong with the old one, myself!"
— Philippa Forrester

In the first round of the Fifth Wars, the eighth seed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven faced a walking robot, Eleven.

3 Stegs 2 Heaven is trapped in Eleven's cables

3 Stegs 2 Heaven is counted out with Eleven

3 Stegs 2 Heaven attacked the walkerbot with its disc, cutting the hydraulic pipe of Eleven, causing fluid to leak. However, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven got caught on a cable, causing it to become stuck to Eleven. With neither robot able to move well, Refbot counted both machines out and gave the decision to the judges, who chose 3 Stegs 2 Heaven.

Craig Charles: "Were you finding it difficult to get friction on the floor there?"
Jurassic Park: "Yeah, especially once the hydraulic hose went."
— The team comment on their lack of movement

It moved on to fight Tetanus in the second round of the Heat, where 3 Stegs 2 Heaven had another scare.

3 Stegs 2 Heaven is lifted by Tetanus. Note the severed prong

The limping 3 Stegs 2 Heaven attacks the immobile Tetanus

Tetanus easily pushed the seeded machine into the side grinders while 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was unable to damage Tetanus or push back. Eventually, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven sliced off one of Tetanus' prongs, but Tetanus lifted 3 Stegs 2 Heaven off the ground in retaliation. However, once it was released 3 Stegs 2 Heaven pulled away, only moving on one side, but Tetanus had been fully immobilised after bending its own frame. The barely mobile 3 Stegs 2 Heaven qualified for the Heat Final.

"3 Stegs get a very lucky break! Into the next round by the skin of their teeth! 3 Stegs go through!"
— Craig Charles

This put 3 Stegs 2 Heaven through to fight Bigger Brother in the Heat Final, where the seeded machine went in as somewhat of an underdog.

Bigger Brother flips 3 Stegs 2 Heaven

3 Stegs 2 Heaven avoids Bigger Brother who flips Shunt

The pit pile-up

Bigger Brother flung 3 Stegs 2 Heaven around the arena. However, Bigger Brother failed to get 3 Stegs 2 Heaven out of the arena, before flipping Shunt instead. Sir Killalot grabbed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven and picked it up. After letting go, Bigger Brother lifted 3 Stegs 2 Heaven onto the side wall again. Refbot freed it though and Bigger Brother started to attack Sir Killalot. Bigger Brother tried to flip Sir Killalot from the side and rear. Bigger Brother turned 3 Stegs 2 Heaven over once more before lifting it onto the side wall, where Refbot finally counted it out. Sir Killalot activated the pit and as Bigger Brother was pushing 3 Stegs 2 Heaven into the pit, Sir Killalot pushed the pair in and drove in himself. Sir Killalot was able to reverse out, and Bigger Brother was the heat winner. This was the only time that the team failed to reach the semi-finals and would also end up being the team's final appearance.

"We lost drive to our wheel again, that was it!"
— Jurassic Park

Results[edit | edit source]

3 STEGS 2 HEAVEN - RESULTS
Extreme 1
All-Stars
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Tornado Lost
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
8th Seed, Heat Final
Heat I, Eliminator vs. Eleven Won
Heat I, Semi-Final vs. Tetanus Won
Heat I, Final vs. Bigger Brother Lost

Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 2

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Main Series 3 Stegs 2 Heaven Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Entered with Steg-O-Saw-Us
The Fourth Wars Entered with Steg 2
The Fifth Wars Heat Final
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 All-Stars, Round 1
Series 2 Did not enter

NOTE: Former team member Rob Heasman took part in Extreme Series 1 with Oblark.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

3 Stegs 2 Heaven's statistics board in Extreme 1, with an incorrect weight and the name '3 Stegs to Heaven'

  • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven and Gemini are the only non-semi finalists to come from a team with a previous record of consecutive semi-finals. Coincidentally, both of these robots were the number eight seed in their first loss, after reaching the heat final.
  • Although listed as weighing 96kg during Extreme 1, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven actually weighed a mere 72kg.
  • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was the only robot from Team Steg-O-Saw-Us which had a frontally mounted weapon. It was also the first robot from Team Steg-O-Saw-Us which had a blade instead of a flipper.
  • Despite its 2-2 win/loss record, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was immobilised in some form during all of its battles:
    • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven survived until a judges' decision against Tornado, but the robot was immobile, and Refbot simply failed to count it out.
    • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was fully functional against Eleven, but as it became attached to Eleven through its snagged spinner, Refbot counted out both machines and 3 Stegs 2 Heaven won the Judges' decision.
    • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven had lost drive to one of its wheels in its battle with Tetanus, limiting its free movement, but it was still considered more mobile than the completely motionless Tetanus and won the battle.
    • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was officially immobilised against Bigger Brother after being stranded on the arena wall.
  • 3 Stegs 2 Heaven is one of only ten robots to debut in Extreme 1 and to fight in one of the main competition, excluding Typhoon. The others were Axe-Awe, Comengetorix, Fighting Torque, Fluffy, NEAT Machine, Spawn Again, Sub-Version, The Executioner and Draven.
  • Sir Killalot was present in both of 3 Stegs 2 Heaven's losses while Sgt. Bash was present in both of its victories.
  • Eleven was the only one of 3 Stegs 2 Heaven's opponents to never appear in any other episode or series.

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