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Bullfrog (sometimes spelt as BullFrog), is a heavyweight robot from the Netherlands which attempted to enter Series 8 of Robot Wars, but it was ultimately not selected to compete. Team RCC had previously competed in both series of Dutch Robot Wars with RCC and Blackdevil Warzone, with limited success.

DesignEdit

Bullfrog is a green and red, invertible wedge-shaped robot armed with a rear-hinged pneumatic flipper, powered by a 140mm-bore ram. The robot features exposed wheels, powered by Iskra 24V 1.2Kw motors, and is designed to run inverted in a similar manner to Raging Knightmare and Thermidor 2, but needs to self-right in order to use its flipper. Bullfrog was built at a cost of £2,000, and its armour is constructed from HARDOX 450.

QualificationEdit

Bullfrog applied for Series 8, but was not selected to take part, with news of Team RCC's rejection from the series being revealed on February 5th 2016:

"Regarding the teams that are not selected for Robot Wars:
Knowing the people behind the show, I am certain that the robots selected will be good, and the show will be entertaining. I had no illusions of winning and being selected was a 50/50 shot at best. It won't stop me from enjoying the show once it airs, just as with Battlebots.
Some robots that did not make the cut have been astonishing in the live circuit between series 7 and now, but since the vast majority are in fact flippers, it was almost a certainty that some of these amazing machines would not make it into the series.
This is a TV show first and foremost. The competition is not fake, but machines and matches will be selected on what makes it most likely to get a good fight for TV. That means you need diversity. 46 flippers will not give you that.
"
— Team RCC on Facebook

Team RCC did not apply for Bullfrog to enter Series 9 due to time constraints, also choosing not to enter Series 10[1].

Series RecordEdit

UK SeriesEdit

Series Bullfrog Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Failed to qualify with RCC 2 and Splinter
Series 8 Not selected
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Dutch SeriesEdit

Series Bullfrog Series Record
Series 1 Entered with RCC
Series 2 Entered with Blackdevil Warzone

Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • Bullfrog Breed as it looked when it was first built in 2008
  • Bullfrog, prior to Team RCC's rebuild
  • Leo with Mario de Jongh and Bullfrog

Bullfrog was originally built in 2008 as Bullfrog Breed by Harwich-based roboteer Tony Fowler, with the intention of it being used for live events. Bullfrog Breed featured a double-wedged design with a flipper and the same green colour scheme as its successor, but was not invertible. It initially fought in a single battle in 2009 against Thor, but lost after lasting only fifteen seconds according to the team.

For the 2011 UK Championships, hosted at the O2 Arena, London, Bullfrog was renamed and rebuilt as a joint effort by various Dutch and Belgian teams via e-mail. However, it fell in the group stages against Tilly XP, Disc-Truction! and Tilly 2 Evo. Soon afterwards, Fowler retired from robot combat events, and sold Bullfrog to Team RCC, who continued to fight with it at live events across the UK and Europe.

On April 15 2017, Bullfrog was put up for sale[2], as the team wished to focus on featherweights and raptor robots and was sold to Team Slam.

Robot Wars Live EventsEdit

BullFrog

Bullfrog's profile image when it started competing at Robot Wars-branded live events

Bullfrog first appeared in the Robot Wars live events at Portsmouth in March 2013, where it faced TR2, The Steel Avenger and Weird mAlice in the heat. However, it lost in the heat stage, and has made infrequent appearances since due to the team being located in The Netherlands.

Bullfrog reappeared at the 2016 Robot Wars Portsmouth event, where it won its first battle against Gabriel and Luzifer despite having its flipper jammed open. Next, it fought against Behemoth and Ripper, managing to flip both of its opponents around before being thrown out the arena by Ripper. Bullfrog again won against Gabriel and Luzifer after this despite losing power to its weapon near the end of the fight, before fighting Behemoth, Cherub and Rattler again later on. It performed strongly in the latter battle, flipping Cherub out of the arena and immobilising Behemoth, before emerging victorious after Rattler lost drive to one side.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.facebook.com/teamrccrobot/posts/1150085011786764
  2. http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/threads/13565-bullfrog

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