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"A psychedelic nightmare or just codswallop?"
Jonathan Pearce on Jackson Wallop

Jackson Wallop was a competitor robot that fought exclusively in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It reached the second round of its heat by immobilising Killerkat, before losing to Big Nipper. Team Battlebot had also previously competed in Series 4 with Attila the Drum.

DesignEdit

Jackson wallop

Jackson Wallop in the arena

Jackson Wallop S7

Official Series 7 photo

Jackson Wallop was a two-wheeled, box-shaped robot that featured a paint scheme paying homage to the works of Pollock, and a very large spinning disc featuring two flails. The disc was 1.2m in diameter, the maximum size allowed in the rules, and the flails proved robust and powerful, managing to knock the hefty Killerkat onto its side and not being bent or fractured at all during its battles. However, Jackson Wallop had many weaknesses, such as the wheels being exposed, the robot being vulnerable if the weapon stopped spinning, and lacking a self-righting mechanism. The robot somewhat resembled Series 2 competitor Caliban through both its shape and weapon.

EtymologyEdit

The robot's name was a play on the surrealist artist Jackson Pollock, combining it with the word "wallop", referring to the impact of the robot's spinner. Jackson Wallop's body was splatter-painted to match the artist's signature style.

The TeamEdit

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The team with Jackson Wallop

Jackson Wallop was entered into Series 7 by the Hampshire-based Team Battlebot, a team with previous experience on Robot Wars after entering Series 4 with Attila the Drum. Team Battlebot was captained by Bernie Ryder, who built and painted Jackson Wallop, and also drove the robot in combat. He was also joined by Helen Thorpe, and a third team member Graeme McNulty was also credited on the robot's statistics board, although he was not seen in the televised episode.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

Jackson Wallop competed in Heat B. Its first battle saw it competing against Killerkat and Gyrobot, with the three robots fighting alone after the third seed Terrorhurtz was disqualified for arriving at the studio unfinished[1].

Jayne Middlemiss: "What are your tactics gonna be out there?"
Helen Thorpe: "Get out there and wallop"
— The team's battle plan
Jackson Wallop vs Gyrobot vs Killerkat

Jackson Wallop and Gyrobot team up on Killerkat

Gyrobot vs Killerkat

Gyrobot pushes Killerkat onto the flame pit

Immediately, all three robots got their weapons up to speed and Jackson Wallop hit Killerkat stopping its blade. Jackson Wallop spun away and got its weapon back up to speed before smashing into Killerkat again. It then hit it again and bounced off Killerkat hitting Gyrobot. Killerkat was moving very sluggishly and Gyrobot and Jackson Wallop went about causing a small amount of damage to Killerkat around its wheels. Jackson Wallop then rushed into Killerkat and its deadly blade toppled Killerkat. With Killerkat immobilised, Jackson Wallop went through to the second round along with Gyrobot.

Here it met Big Nipper, and was put at an immediate disadvantage as Big Nipper was too low for its blade to do any damage.

Big Nipper vs Jackson Wallop

Jackson Wallop is pushed into an angle grinder

Big Nipper vs Jackson Wallop 3

Jackson Wallop's wheel detaches

Dead Metal vs Jackson Wallop

Dead Metal cuts into Jackson Wallop

Dead metal cuts jackson wallop

Dead Metal pits Jackson Wallop

Jackson Wallop rammed Big Nipper, but was pushed backwards and hit the arena wall, deflecting off it. Jackson Wallop then went and hit the pit release taking the front of the tyre off with its blade. Big Nipper then shoved and pinned Jackson Wallop onto an angle grinder. Big Nipper then clamped onto Jackson Wallop, but couldn't push it. However one of Big Nipper's claws had become stuck on Jackson Wallop's tyres and as it reversed one of those tyres came off. Jackson Wallop was immobilised and the House Robots came in and damaged it some more. Jackson Wallop was then shoved down the pit by Dead Metal.

"And the draw, to be honest, for this second round, defeated Jackson Wallop. They could never get any advantage over Big Nipper."
Jonathan Pearce

ResultsEdit

JACKSON WALLOP - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Gyrobot, Killerkat, Terrorhurtz (3) Qualified
Heat B, Round 2 vs. Big Nipper Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series HistoryEdit

  • Front view of Jackson Wallop
  • Top view of Jackson Wallop
  • Jackson Wallop in the pits
Series Jackson Wallop Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Entered with Attila the Drum
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

TriviaEdit

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The incorrect results board

  • Jackson Wallop put a gash in Shunt's scoop that was never repaired.
  • After Jackson Wallop's first battle, the battle board incorrectly showed it had gone through with Killerkat instead of Gyrobot.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Private correspondence with the Terrorhurtz Facebook page
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