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"But to keep things rocking, let's go from one extreme to another..."
Craig Charles

The Antweight Championship of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1 (referred to onscreen as the Antweight Melee) was the first Antweight Championship, held during Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1. Shown in Episode 15, it was the first ever televised battle between antweight robots weighing 150g or under, and took place in a miniature version of the Robot Wars Arena. Seven competitors fought together in a single melee to determine the inaugural Antweight Champion.

Competing RobotsEdit

Anto
Anto
Weight 127g
Dimensions ? x 4" x 4"
Power 6v 3000mAh battery
Weapons Flipper
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: Buckinghamshire
Team Members: Craig Danby
Antybii
Anty B
Weight 150g
Dimensions 80mm x 100mm x 75mm
Power 6v 300Mah Ni-Mh
Weapons Lifting Scoop
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: Hemel Hempstead
Team Members: Anthony Pritchard
Combatant rear
Combat Ant
Weight Unknown
Dimensions Unknown
Power Unknown
Weapons Face-Spinning Flywheel
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: Buckinghamshire
Team Members: Peter Waller
Legion together
Legion
Weight Unknown
Dimensions Unknown
Power Unknown
Weapons Flippers
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: West Yorkshire
Team Members: Richard Thompson, Alex Timniy
Little Nipper
Little Nipper
Weight 150g
Dimensions Unknown
Power Unknown
Weapons Mousetrap
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: Gosport
Team Members: Robert Fitzsimmons
Pete Collier and Pants
Pants
Weight Unknown
Dimensions Unknown
Power Unknown
Weapons Axe
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: West Sussex
Team Members: Peter Collier
Ian Lewis and Razzler
Razzler
Weight Unknown
Dimensions 0.05m x 0.07m x 0.10m
Power Unknown
Weapons Crushing arm
Strengths Unknown
Weaknesses Unknown
From: Bournemouth
Team Members: Ian Lewis

Antweight MeleeEdit

Anto vs Pants vs Combat Ant vs Anty B vs Legion vs Razzler vs Little NipperEdit

"Awesome Antweight Melee... who's gonna win? I haven't got a clue, no idea whatsoever. It'll be fun, though!"
Jonathan Pearce before the battle begins
Antweight battle combat ant pants oota

Pants is thrown out of the arena

Legion split as the battle began, one half attacking Little Nipper, the other Anty B, but with little success. Combat Ant's spinning disc struck Pants, sending it flying, as Little Nipper flipped itself and the half of Legion attacking it. As the robots converged, Combat Ant's weapon struck Pants twice, throwing it over and then out of the arena.

"Who's that that's gone out of the arena completely - the mini arena? I think it was Pants that went flying out!"
— Jonathan Pearce tries to keep track as a replay shows Pants being flung out of the arena by Combat Ant
Anty B floor flipper

Anty B falls under the floor flipper while Combat Ant flies

Combat Ant vs Anto

Combat Ant rips Anto's wheels away

During the struggle, one of Anto's wheels had broken off. As Little Nipper pushed one half of Legion around, Combat Ant then drove over the Floor Flipper, causing it to activate. However, at the same time, the Flipper lifted an approaching Anty B upwards; Anty B landed over the edge and fell into the space containing the Flipper mechanism, eliminating itself from the battle. Combat Ant then took Anto's other wheel off, leaving it immobilised apart from its flipper.

"...we've got a wheel come off as well. It's all happening out there! Under pressure from Combat Ant... Anto has lost a wheel."
— Jonathan Pearce as Anto is disarmed
Little nipper

Little Nipper wedges under Razzler

Little Nipper vs Razzler

Little Nipper pushes Razzler into the pit

One half of Legion also appeared to be immobilised, as Little Nipper pushed Razzler into the pit release. Razzler managed to escape and pushed against Combat Ant, but was unable to use its crusher. Combat Ant and Little Nipper then teamed up against Razzler, pushing it around, but unable to cause damage. The half of Legion that was still mobile drove over the floor flipper, and was pushed off the ramp the flipper was now creating (due to Anty B) by Little Nipper, but it managed to right itself. Razzler pursued the remaining Legion twin, but in doing so exposed itself to Little Nipper, who pushed it down the pit. The three remaining robots met in the middle of the arena, and the remaining half of Legion tried to attack Combat Ant, but it was sent flying by its opponent's disc, which tore its flipper off.

"...we've got part of Legion... OH! Have we got part of Legion any more, spinning up into the air? I don't think so!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Legion goes flying
Combat Ant vs Legion

Combat Ant throws Legion into the air

Remarkably, Legion was still mobile and came back on the attack, as Combat Ant tried to use its disc on Little Nipper, who pushed it away with help from the Legion twin. Combat Ant drove away as Little Nipper momentarily got stuck on the floor flipper, moments before Cease was called. The judges were called upon to make a decision, with Combat Ant, half of Legion, and Little Nipper still mobile, while Anto continued to flip at thin air in the corner. The decision went in favour of Combat Ant, whose performance left Julia Reed especially impressed with its capabilities.

"I had no idea something that small could do that amount of damage! Now, I reckon if we had a robot like that in the real Wars, it would do pretty well."
— Julia Reed speaks highly of Combat Ant after the battle

Antweight Champion: Combat Ant

TriviaEdit

  • The battle marked the first occasion where a non-heavyweight competitor was thrown out of the arena, with Pants being thrown out by Combat Ant's spinner.
    • In doing so, Combat Ant became the first robot to throw another out with a spinning weapon, and the only non-heavyweight competitor to throw another out in the show's history.
  • Out of the seven competitors, only Little Nipper did not receive a televised introduction, due the introductions being filmed late and its builder, Robert Fitzsimmons, leaving the studio early.
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