- "Don't be detracted by the cutesy name, Little Nipper has some seriously aggressive battle tactics and once they grab hold of another Ant Weight, their opponent can kiss the mini-arena goodbye!"
- — Robot Wars Extreme: The Official Guide
Little Nipper was an antweight robot which competed in the Antweight Championship of the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. In its only battle, it performed strongly to survive to a Judges' decision, which it lost to Combat Ant. Unlike the other Antweight Championship competitors, Little Nipper did not receive a televised introduction, as the introductions were filmed late in the day and its builder, Robert Fitzsimmons, left the studio early.
Despite having similar names, Little Nipper was not related to the heavyweight competitor Big Nipper.
Little Nipper was a comparatively large, two-wheeled, wedge-shaped robot armed with twin mousetraps as weapons. The mousetraps themselves were intended to bludgeon opponents, and activated through the use of two servos on the top of the robot. While they were not effective at their intended purpose, and were very slow to retract, these weapons were also seen to throw opponents over in a similar way to front-hinged flippers, and act as ramming wedges when in the fired position. Little Nipper was also invertible and displayed good pushing power, in spite of its low top speed.
Little Nipper completed solely in the Antweight Melee, where it fought Anto, Pants, Combat Ant, Anty B, Legion and Razzler. It began by slowing moving out of its CPZ to approach and push one half of Legion against the wall, getting underneath it and flipping it using one of its mousetraps. Little Nipper also flipped itself over in doing so, before driving against and pushing itself away from the wall using the other mousetrap. Inverted, it was momentarily attacked again by half of Legion as the latter got underneath Pants, which was thrown out of the arena seconds later by Combat Ant. Re-righted, Little Nipper and one half of Legion pushed each other across the arena and near the Floor Flipper, with Little Nipper succeeding in tipping the half of Legion onto its back just as the Floor Flipper fired.
Later on, Little Nipper proceeded to push and pin Razzler against the wall using its opened mousetraps, which had still not retracted following the first attack on Legion. After being briefly pushed away by Combat Ant and driving into the pit release button, it pushed Razzler again while the latter and Combat Ant attacked each other, before driving onto the partially-opened Floor Flipper and pushing the remaining half of Legion off it. Seconds later, Little Nipper drove round and pushed Razzler side-on again, this time into the open pit, eliminating Team Razer's machine from the melee. It continued to pursue Combat Ant and the remaining half of Legion until the end, briefly pushing both of its surviving opponents away seconds before 'cease' was called. The battle went to a Judges' decision, with Little Nipper ultimately losing the decision - and the first Antweight Championship - to Combat Ant.
|LITTLE NIPPER - RESULTS|
|Extreme Series 1|
|Antweight Championship||vs. Anto, Anty B, Combat Ant, Legion, Pants, Razzler||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Main Series||Little Nipper 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||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Antweight Championship|
|Series 2||Did not enter|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
In addition to its appearance on Robot Wars Extreme, Little Nipper also competed in several domestic antweight competitions including the Antweight World Series and Nano Wars. It first appeared at AWS 3, where it lost in the second round to Cannon Fodder, but won two team battles and the Tag Team competition alongside Combat Ant. At AWS 5, it again lost in the second round,, before losing in the first rounds of AWS 7 and AWS 8. In its last event, AWS 9, Little Nipper reached the fourth round despite losing its first Round 1 battle, and was eliminated after losing its Losers Melee to Hades.
- ↑ http://robotwars101.org/profile.php?class=ant&id=51&name=Little+Nipper
- ↑ http://robotwars101.org/events/event_results.php?eventid=3
- ↑ http://robotwars101.org/events/event_results.php?eventid=32
- ↑ http://robotwars101.org/events/event_results.php?eventid=39
- ↑ http://robotwars101.org/events/event_results.php?eventid=61
- ↑ http://robotwars101.org/events/event_results.php?eventid=62