Buzz was a competitor robot from Beverton, Oregon, that fought in Season 2 of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. In the US Championship, it progressed to the second round in its heat before losing to The Falcon Mark 2 there. Buzz also fought in the Robot Rebellion at the end of the series, but lost to Ninjitsu through a breakdown, after the battle was re-fought when both robots fell into the pit together on the first attempt.
Joe Murawski also fought with Flippa in UK Series 7, but with little success.
Design[edit | edit source]
Buzz was a double-wedged, four-wheel drive robot armed with a front-hinged flipper that was mounted sideways, similar to the weapon found on Lightning, and a rear 2,000rpm spinning drum. The robot was painted silver and blue, and armored in ⅜-inch 6061-grade aluminium with a steel nose-guard. Two eyes and a nose were also mounted above Buzz's flipper, which were easily detached or destroyed during battles. For the Robot Rebellion, Buzz's regular left eye was replaced with a 'black eye', as a reference to it being attacked by Sir Killalot during the US Championship.
Robot History[edit | edit source]
Season 2[edit | edit source]
- Carol Grow: "Best of luck to you and Buzz, have fun!"
- Joe Murawski: "Thank you."
- — Pre-Round 1 interview with Carol Grow
Buzz and Xylon immediately rammed into each other in the opening seconds, although neither robot was able to flip each other as Tyranabot drove in. The two robots rammed into Tyranabot, with Buzz momentarily getting underneath Tyranabot as they did so, before Tyranabot and Xylon pushed Buzz back. Both of Buzz's opponents pushed it towards the wall, before Buzz pushed Tyranabot across the arena as the latter made its attack. Eventually, Buzz drove under Xylon - causing its eyes and nose to come flying off - before tipping it onto its side with the flipper, with part of Xylon's wedge being dislodged and folded on itself in the process. As Xylon drove itself into the wall trying to re-right itself, Buzz proceeded to approach Tyranabot before pushing Xylon around once it rejoined the battle. At some point, Buzz stopped moving for a short while, but regained mobility and chased Xylon around the descending pit as time ran out. 'Cease' was called, and Buzz survived to a judges' decision, which put it and Tyranabot through to the second round.
- "...all it is is a speed bump on the road. By the time we're done with it, it's just gonna be a road patch!"
- — Robert Moline of Team Falcon jokingly insults Buzz's design before the second round battle
There, it faced The Falcon Mark 2, the heat's only veteran.
At the start, Buzz immediately drove around and alongside The Falcon Mark 2, with both robots separating before The Falcon Mark 2 got itself stuck on the Disc of Doom. Buzz pushed The Falcon Mark 2 free from the Disc of Doom, before being pushed back by The Falcon Mark 2 and lifted by the latter's arm. It landed on The Falcon Mark 2's wedge, and was dragged back across the arena before being pushed into Sir Killalot. Buzz initially dodged Sir Killalot, but was backed into the CPZ, and while it eventually escaped, it was then pushed around by The Falcon Mark 2 once again and attacked by Sir Killalot again. After being turned over, Buzz was picked up by Sir Killalot and carried across the arena, its open flipper whacking Sgt. Bash's flamethrower in the process, before being dropped into the pit. Despite Buzz not appearing to have been counted out in the TV broadcast, it was eliminated from the US Championship as a result.
Buzz also competed in the Robot Rebellion, where it fought Ninjitsu in the first round.
- "...Buzz goes in with that flipping arm sideways, and harpoons Ninjitsu!"
- — Stefan Frank as Buzz and Ninjitsu lock together in the Robot Rebellion
It immediately pressed the pit release button as Ninjitsu struggled to move, before Ninjitsu slammed into its front wedge, destroying its eyes and nose in the process. Buzz got under Ninjitsu and lifted it, getting its flipper caught through Ninjitsu's exposed chassis as a result before carrying it towards the pit. While attempting to push Ninjitsu down, Buzz fell in with it, causing the judges to immediately order a rematch.
- "Oh, was that bad driving or good driving? Well, I guess the judges are gonna have to pull them apart..."
- — Stefan Frank after Buzz pits Ninjitsu and itself
In the rematch, Buzz bumped into Ninjitsu's spinner, losing its 'black eye' as it drove away and dodged a second attack. It rammed into Ninjitsu again, and instantly stopped moving as Ninjitsu continued attacking with its spinning square. Sir Killalot nudged Buzz to check for signs of mobility, before grabbing hold of it and dragging it across the arena as soon as Refbot counted it out.
- "It ceases to be, it's pushing up the daisies, say goodbye! It's all over for these guys [Team X-Bots]..."
- — Stefan Frank as Buzz is counted out
Sgt. Bash then pushed Buzz onto the Floor Flipper, where it was thrown across the arena and landed on its back. Needless to say, Buzz was eliminated from the Robot Rebellion.
- "Well, he [Sir Killalot] did give me a black eye, but I got over it, and I'm back in here and I was really hoping to go against the House Bots. But I guess it's just not going to work and Ninjitsu's going to have to do it for me."
- — Joe Murawski in the post-battle interview
Results[edit | edit source]
|BUZZ - RESULTS|
Heats, Round 2
|Heat H, Round 1||vs. Tyranabot, Xylon||Qualified|
|Heat H, Round 2||vs. The Falcon Mark 2||Lost|
|Round 1||vs. Ninjitsu||Lost|
Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 2
Series History[edit | edit source]
US Series[edit | edit source]
|US Series||Buzz Series Record|
|Season 1||Did not enter|
|Season 2||Heat, Round 2|
|Nickelodeon||Did not enter|
UK Series[edit | edit source]
|Series||Buzz 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||Entered with Flippa|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
Outside Robot Wars[edit | edit source]
Buzz was originally known as Speed Bump XL and was due to enter the middleweight category of BattleBots Season 4.0 in November 2001 but had problems and forfeited its only fight where it would have fought Moebius. It did compete in BattleBots Season 5.0 where it beat Crash Test Junior then lost to Scrap Daddy Flipskanker and the 2004 NPC Charity event, receiving a bye and then beating Death Drum before losing to Z.I.P and Easty Beast.
For Extreme Warriors, Speed Bump XL was converted into the heavyweight Buzz by adding extra batteries and nose guards. The original Speed Bump was a lightweight robot that entered BattleBots Season 3.0-5.0 and the 2004 NPC Charity event.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In an official Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors programme, Buzz was referred to as DSC.