- "The design criteria was Speed, Power with a Fast powerful lifting ramp."
- — The On The Edge Team website on Facet
Facet was a competitor in Series 3 of Robot Wars. The team had previously won a heat with G.B.H. Facet lost in the second round, to eventual Grand Finalist Fire Storm. Facet was entered by Team On-The-Edge, known as Team Joint Effort in Series 6, who also entered Series 1 with Scrapper, and Series 2 and 6 with G.B.H. and GBH 2.
- "That giant flipper, I think, is going to be key"
- — Jonathan Pearce, as Terminal Ferocity and Facet close the gap
Facet was a basic blue wedge shape with a broad flipper capable of lifting 500 kilograms. It could reportedly reach a top speed of 48mph, although the team also listed a more realistic top speed of 20mph on their website.
- "We've not seen anything as quick as this."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Facet had an on-board camera - unusual among competitor robots in the original series - which was located right next to the flipper. However, the armour was rather thin, consisting of only 2mm polycarbonate which visibly bent in battle.
The flipper was very powerful by Series 3 standards, throwing Fire Storm onto its back during the battle between the two, and also flipping Matilda earlier in the heat. However, this flipper did not extend to self-righting, which would prove to be Facet's demise. In the pits however, Facet did manage to impressively throw Adam Clark's featherweight Armadillo 8 ft into the air.
- Main article: Team Joint Effort
Facet was built by Team On-The-Edge, later known as Team Joint Effort. At the time of Series 3, the team had competed in every series of the show so far, entering Scrapper into Series 1 and G.B.H. into Series 2. Mike Rickard captained the team, and he was joined by Mike Smith and Charles Lavery.
Facet competed in Heat O, where it faced Terminal Ferocity in the first round.
- "Facet had a flipping good time with Terminal Ferocity..."
- — Jonathan Pearce during the Series 3 recap
In its first battle, Facet easily dodged Terminal Ferocity's initial attack, and one use of the flipper was all it took to defeat it. For good measure, Facet flipped Terminal Ferocity over again, into Dead Metal. As the House Robots closed in, Facet attacked Matilda and flipped it on its side. In retaliation, Shunt and Sergeant Bash assailed Facet, with Sergeant Bash crumpling the flipper, and Shunt gallantly uprighting Matilda.
- "I just wonder, if it goes later on in the competition, whether or not the lifting ramp on Facet yawns too wide, and the House Robots get in - as they take on a House Robot! Matilda is turned topsy-turvy by Mike Rickard"
- — Jonathan Pearce, just as Facet flips Matilda
Heading into the second round, Facet was drawn up against an eventual Grand Finalist, Fire Storm.
Facet got hit hard in the opening stages, and both robots tried pushing each other off-balance. Bumping and ramming, Facet finally succeeded in flipping Fire Storm onto its back. Fire Storm self-righted, and then lured Facet to a side wall, with it being pushed and flipped onto a sideway position. This clever move left Facet unable to self-right. With the damage done and Facet immobilised, Sir Killalot came in and impaled its lance into the huge gap underneath Facet's flipper, drilling into it in the process. Sir Killalot then lifted Facet into the air and carried it towards the pit, but failed to drop the robot in before cease was called.
- "We couldn't get around quick enough, we were going to sit on top of them and stop them from self-righting"
- — Mike Rickard
|FACET - RESULTS|
|The Third Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat O, Round 1||vs. Terminal Ferocity||Won|
|Heat O, Round 2||vs. Fire Storm||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 1
|Series||Facet Series Record|
|The First Wars||Entered with Scrapper|
|The Second Wars||Entered with G.B.H.|
|The Third Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Entered with GBH 2|
|The Seventh Wars||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
Outside Robot Wars
- According to an agenda distributed to The Steering Committee, Facet was going to be offered a discretionary seeding in Series 4. However, for unknown reasons, Facet either did not enter or did not qualify for Series 4, alongside Griffon and Sting. Dreadnaut, Weld-Dor and Stinger were added as the 28th-30th seeds in their places.
- Facet could reportedly reach a top speed of 48mph, a remarkable figure even by the standards of robotic combat today, but was still not the fastest robot in the series, second only to Binky (which claimed to have a top speed of 50mph).
- Mike Rickard was the team captain for Facet's appearance; in all of the teams other appearances, it was Mike Smith.
- Facet was one of a few competitor robots across the show's history to be equipped with an on-board camera system. Other competitors have included Killerhurtz, Interstellar: MML, Behemoth, and one of the minibots accompanying Nuts 2.