Scraptosaur was a series of heavyweight robots which competed in both series of Dutch Robot Wars, alongside the seventh series of the UK Robot Wars. After falling in the heat semi-final of Dutch Series 1, the second version of the machine Scrap-2-Saur competed in Dutch Series 2. Scrap-2-Saur won its heat over the likes of Tough as Nails and Gravity to reach the Grand Final, where it also defeated Meshuggah and finished third after being eliminated by PulverizeR.
In its UK series debut, Scraptosaur advanced over the fifteenth seed Ming Dienasty before falling in the second round to St. Agro in a long-fought battle. Scraptosaur also fought for the right to represent the Netherlands in The Third World Championship, but it was avenged by Tough as Nails in its qualifier.
Versions of Scraptosaur
Scraptosaur (Dutch Series 1)
The first version was a green robot with a face painted on the front. Its weapon included a sharp blade at the front, and a narrow rear flipper, powered pneumatically. This version of Scraptosaur was diamond-shaped, but had no self-righting mechanism, and was relatively slow. The team boasted mainly of Scraptosaur's strong defence in its original version, putting more belief in their solid structure and armour than their weaponry, although said armour was not enough to resist the flywheel of PullverizeR.
Scrap-II-Saur (Dutch Series 2)
The second version of the robot, which was seen in Dutch Series 2, was known as Scrap-2-Saur. It featured a full-pressure flipper which fired directly upwards, the only robot in the Dutch Wars to do so. Its paint-job was somewhat psychedelic (also swapping for a different design entirely deeper into the competition), and the flipper was now powerful enough to allow the robot to self-right, positioned at the front, featuring a face. The robot was quick and well-controlled for good performances, although its armour was quite thin.
Scraptosaur 03 (UK Series 7)
The version of Scraptosaur seen in the UK series was known as Scraptosaur 03 by the team, but simply 'Scraptosaur' on-screen. It was similar in shape and weaponry to Scrap-2-Saur, but had a stronger coat of armour in direct response to the level of damage Scrap-2-Saur sustained in battle with vertical spinners during the Dutch series. However, the robot's length was extended, which reduced its self-righting ability. Like Tsunami, a red mouth was painted underneath the flipper.
- "It was OK but not as good as Scrap-II-saur, the year before."
- — Marien van der Meer, referring to Scraptosaur 03
The name Scraptosaur is largely derived from the original Scraptosaur's dinosaur-like design.
Scraptosaur was entered into Robot Wars by a Dutch team known as FFR, which stands for "Fierce Fighting Robots". Scraptosaur's team captain and builder was Marien van der Meer, who also drove the robot in battle. For both of the Dutch series, he was joined by teammates Edwin Koene and Michel Brabander. In the seventh UK series, Marien van der Meer was joined by an unidentified younger teammate, and also Mario "Maddox" de Jongh, who had competed in Dutch Series 1 with Project One, and co-formed Team KODOX to enter Dutch Series 2 with Tough as Nails.
Dutch Series 1
Scraptosaur's first battle was against Alien Destructor.
Alien Destructor tried to drive around and attack the side of Scraptosaur, but Scraptosaur drove past. Alien Destructor turned and tried to attack with the spike, but Scraptosaur swerved to avoid it. The two robots turned and charged at each other, with Alien Destructor hitting the side of Scraptosaur with its spike, but it merely glanced off. Both robots turned around again, with Alien Destructor driving into the side of Scraptosaur, but Scraptosaur merely turned away. Scraptosaur got at the side of Alien Destructor, but Alien Destructor drove away up the arena. However, as it turned, its tail hit the wall, and it drove forwards, straight into Sir Killalot's claw. Sir Killalot lifted it up as Sgt. Bash came over, and although Sir Killalot dropped Alien Destructor, Sgt. Bash grabbed it by the tail with his jaw, and pulled it away from the wall. After pushing and pulling Alien Destructor around for a while and blasting it with his flamethrower, Sgt. Bash let it go. Alien Destructor drove around, charging at the side of Scraptosaur, but the spike went over the rear wedge. Alien Destructor tried to drive around and attack the side of Scraptosaur, but Scraptosaur drove past. Alien Destructor turned and tried to attack with the spike, but Scraptosaur swerved to avoid it. The two robots turned and charged at each other, with Alien Destructor hitting the side of Scraptosaur with its spike, but it merely glanced off. Both robots turned around again, with Alien Destructor driving into the side of Scraptosaur, but Scraptosaur merely turned away. Scraptosaur got at the side of Alien Destructor, but Alien Destructor drove away up the arena. However, as it turned, its tail hit the wall, and it drove forwards, straight into Sir Killalot's claw. Sir Killalot lifted it up as Sgt. Bash came over, and although Sir Killalot dropped Alien Destructor, Sgt. Bash grabbed it by the tail with his jaw, and pulled it away from the wall. After pushing and pulling Alien Destructor around for a while and blasting it with his flamethrower, Sgt. Bash let it go. Alien Destructor drove around, charging at the side of Scraptosaur, but the spike went over the rear wedge.
- "The pneumatic part has gotten a lot stronger, indeed. And for the rest, it’s just solid as a rock, so it’ll be alright."
- — Team Scraptosaur speak of improvements to the robot before their Losers' Melee (translated from Dutch)
At the start of the battle, both robots charged at each other, but neither could get an advantage in pushing the other, so they both reversed for another charge. Pyramid of Chaos drove at Scraptosaur, but drove at the wrong angle, so it completely missed with its sword. Scraptosaur reversed away, then turned and drove down the arena to open the pit, whilst Pyramid of Chaos turned around at the top of the arena. Pyramid of Chaos stopped moving beside the angle grinders, and Scraptosaur drove back up the arena and rammed Pyramid of Chaos, pushing it against an angle grinder. As Refbot came over, Scraptosaur turned around and reversed under Pyramid of Chaos, but could barely lift it because Pyramid of Chaos had no baseplate. Shunt came out of his CPZ and tried to axe Pyramid of Chaos, but the axe failed to puncture. Shunt lifted the shell, then reversed back into his CPZ.
Refbot counted Pyramid of Chaos out, and with Pyramid of Chaos officially immobile, the House Robots closed in. Shunt missed an axe blow, and Matilda reversed into Pyramid of Chaos, hitting the shell with her flywheel, nearly ripping it free from the rest of the robot. Shunt pushed the immobile competitor onto the flame pit, where the shell caught fire. Shunt then axed it, puncturing the shell. As Shunt pulled back, he nearly toppled the whole robot over. Shunt axed it again, piercing the shell, and this time he managed to pull the whole robot over as he pulled back. Shunt axed Pyramid of Chaos again, pulling it back with his axe, then pushed it onto the floor flipper, which threw it across the arena, straight into Matilda's flywheel. Shunt finally finished Pyramid of Chaos off by pushing it into the pit.
- Rob Kamphues: "Well, I can’t really say it was a deadly, aggressive weapon."
- Marien van der Meer: "But clearly that was not even necessary? Look, our one very strong point is our strong armour, and it simply performed miracles again."
- Rob Kamphues: "Can you tell how disappointed I am? How can you tell me ‘yeah, we’re in Robot Wars, but a weapon isn’t necessary’...? Hellooo?!"
- — Post-match interview with Rob Kamphues (translated from Dutch)
Reinstated, Scraptosaur fought Pullverizer in Round 2.
- "These boys look a bit nervous, but they’re surely looking forward to this."
- — Eric Corton (translated from Dutch)
At the start, Scraptosaur charged at Pullverizer, which turned away to avoid its charge. Pullverizer started driving across the arena, but Scraptosaur chased after it, prodding it with its front spike. Pullverizer turned away, and with its flywheel now up to speed, turned around and hit the side of Scraptosaur. The force of the flywheel overturned Scraptosaur, and it tried firing its flipper to right itself, but couldn't due to its long shape.
- "It's like watching Ali vs Frazier!"
- — Eric Corton speaks of Scraptosaur being outclassed by PullverizeR (translated from Dutch)
Refbot counted Scraptosaur out, and the House Robots closed in. Sgt. Bash grabbed it with his claw and Matilda charged in reversed into Scraptosaur's side, cutting a huge gash in it. Matilda pushed the overturned competitor up the arena to Sgt. Bash's CPZ, who blasted it with his flamethrower as Matilda turned around, then reversed into Scraptosaur, flipping it onto Refbot. Scraptosaur landed on its wheels, but was immobile, and Matilda hit it with her flywheel again, cutting a gash in the other side, before cease was called.
- "There he lies, the poor creature. It almost looks like a rowing boat, lying upside down on it’s little head like that!"
- — Eric Corton (translated from Dutch)
This eliminated Scraptosaur from its first attempt at a Robot Wars title.
- Marien van der Meer: "It did stay pretty intact, that’s all I can say."
- Rob Kamphues: "Hello?! We didn’t come here to stay intact, we came here to destroy others! I’ll explain this one more time, you take a robot and you chop it into pieces!"
- Marien van der Meer: "I see. We misunderstood. We thought defense would be the best--"
- Rob Kamphues: "ATTACK is the best strategy!"
- Marien van der Meer: "Oh. Okay. We’ll remember that."
- — Team Scraptosaur reconsider their design philosophy in the post-match interview (translated from Dutch)
Dutch Series 2
Scrap-2-Saur returned to the Dutch Wars with a new design and a more powerful flipper. In its first battle, it was drawn against Team KODOX's new robot Tough as Nails. At the start of the fight, Tough as Nails grabbed hold of Scrap-2-Saur, but it threw Tough as Nails through the air. Due to a thermal cut-off from the speed controllers, Tough as Nails's motors shut down, giving Scrap-2-Saur an easy victory.
In the next round, Scrap-2-Saur faced newcomer, Cyclone. It flipped Cyclone repeatedly, but Cyclone was invertible, and was hardly affected. However, Scrap-2-Saur managed to get the upper hand after it flipped Cyclone gently enough to just to get it onto its side. It finished off the round robot by pushing it into the pit.
In the Heat Final, Scrap-2-Saur faced WJ Dijkstra's new robot and future success story, Gravity. Scrap-2-Saur was pushed in the opening moments, but had the clear advantage, because its first flip proved that Gravity could not self-right. Scrap-2-Saur kept its distance, and advanced to the Grand Final while the House Robots destroyed Gravity.
In the Grand Final, Scrap-2-Saur's first battle was against Meshuggah. Right at the start, Scrap-2-Saur was flipped by Meshuggah's flywheel. It righted, and came on the attack, but its flipper had no effect on Meshuggah, who continued to inflict damage, tearing away one of Scrap-2-Saur's panels and stripping bits of its armour off. Scrap-2-Saur went for the pit release, and the pit descended just as Meshuggah drove over the pit square. Meshuggah was unable to get out of the way, and descended into the pit, making the heavily-damaged Scrap-2-Saur the unlikely winner.
The team fixed up Scrap-2-Saur as best they could for their next battle, a rematch against PulverizeR. Scrap-2-Saur had trouble getting its flipper to work at the start, and when it finally did, the force sent Scrap-2-Saur onto its back. It tried to flip PulverizeR, but couldn't due to PulverizeR's invertibility, so it hit the pit release before pushing PulverizeR into Mr. Psycho. PulverizeR escaped, and Scrap-2-Saur stopped moving, so it was counted out by Refbot. After being dragged by Growler, Scrap-2-Saur sprung back to life, but since it had already been counted out, Growler pushed it into the pit.
UK Series 7
- "Once a semi-finalist in the Dutch Robot Wars."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Scraptosaur made its first appearance in the UK championships in Heat H of the Seventh Wars, and faced newcomer Ceros, veteran Metalis from the experienced Team Death, and the number fifteen seed Ming Dienasty in the first round.
Scraptosaur hunted down the seed straight away, but Ming Dienasty evaded Scraptosaur's first drive. Scraptosaur then came in with a ram on Ming Dienasty, which set it up to be flipped by Ceros. Scraptosaur then went after Metalis but mistimed its first flip, although its consistent nagging once again allowed Ceros to flip the robot Scraptosaur was tussling with, and Metalis was sent over. Meanwhile, Ming Dienasty had finally managed to right itself, so Scraptosaur targeted it once more, balancing it on its rear end with a flip before throwing it over completely and driving it against the arena wall.
- "Scraptosaur, the Dutch entry, flying the flag for Holland, and the skull and crossbones - and a piratical gleam in the eye of Marien van der Meer, the captain, as they toss and torment Ming Dienasty."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Ming Dienasty found itself back on its wheels after a strong flip from Ceros, but wasn't allowed to breathe for long, as both Scraptosaur and Ceros chased it down and flicked it, with Ming Dienasty then deciding to activate the pit release tyre. Ming Dienasty found its feet as it fought back late on but failed to cause any damage of note to Scraptosaur, before Metalis was put out of its misery as it was pitted by Refbot. Cease was called, with the judges called upon to decide which two machines were to go through out of Ming Dienasty, Ceros and Scraptosaur, with the latter two given the green light to progress to the second round.
Although it missed with the first use of its flipper, Scraptosaur started strong as it exploited the ground clearance at the side of St. Agro to throw it over twice in quick succession. After this, both machines tussled side-by-side next to the arena wall, before Scraptosaur missed with its next flip. Scraptosaur then darted across the arena and activated the pit release button. It then tried to flip St. Agro - which had only flipped once up to this point - in four successive attacks, connecting with three. Suddenly, St. Agro slipped underneath Scraptosaur and threw it onto its back, and with Scraptosaur using a significant amount of CO2 throughout the battle, it was unable to right itself.
- "Can't self-right, because the CO2 ran out. We envisaged those problems right from the start of this heat."
- — Jonathan Pearce
After being counted out by Refbot, Sir Killalot placed Scraptosaur on The Drop Zone, where it had an ocean buoy dropped onto it, before Cassius Chrome pitted it, eliminating Scraptosaur from the tournament.
Scraptosaur also competed in a World Championship qualifier against fellow Dutch machines Tough as Nails and Gravity, two robots Scraptosaur defeated in Dutch Robot Wars: Series 2, as broadcast as the special event of Heat O as well as being the final qualifier for the World Championship.
However, Scraptosaur found itself in danger immediately after activate was sounded. Tough as Nails quickly grasped hold of Scraptosaur, activated the pit release button and dispatched of Scraptosaur into the pit of oblivion, ending its hopes of competing in The Third World Championship inside fifteen seconds.
- "Now there is a form line here. Scraptosaur actually beat Gravity in the Dutch Robot Wars, but goes out of the World Championship eliminator straight away!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tough as Nails ended up pitting Gravity as well, which sent it through to represent the Netherlands in the tournament alongside Dutch champions PulverizeR.
|SCRAPTOSAUR - RESULTS|
|Heat B, Round 1||vs. Alien Destructor||Lost|
|Heat B, Losers Melee||vs. Pyramid of Chaos, RCC||Won|
|NOTE: Before the battle had started, technical problems forced RCC out of the competition, leaving Pyramid of Chaos and Scraptosaur to fight alone.|
|Heat B, Semi-Final||vs. Pullverizer||Lost|
|SCRAP-2-SAUR - RESULTS|
Grand Final, Semi-Final, Third Place
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. Tough as Nails||Won|
|Heat D, Semi-Final||vs. Cyclone||Won|
|Heat D, Final||vs. Gravity||Won|
|Grand Final, Round 1||vs. Meshuggah||Won|
|Grand Final, Semi-Final||vs. PulverizeR||Lost|
|SCRAPTOSAUR - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat H, Round 1||vs. Ceros, Metalis, Ming Dienasty (15)||Qualified|
|Heat H, Round 2||vs. St. Agro||Lost|
|The Third World Championship|
Representing the Netherlands, Eliminated in Qualifiers
|Qualifier||vs. Gravity (NED), Tough as Nails (NED)||Eliminated|
- UK Wins: 1
- UK Losses: 2
- Dutch Wins: 5
- Dutch Losses: 3
|Dutch Series||Scraptosaur Series Record|
|Series 1||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 2||Grand Final, Round 2|
|Series||Scraptosaur 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||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Not selected with TMHWK|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
NOTE: TMHWK competed in the main competition of Series 9 and Series 10's World Series under ownership of Team Dutch Robot Girls, which includes Marien van der Meer's wife, Annita van der Meer.
Outside Robot Wars
Between Dutch Series 1 and 2, Scraptosaur competed at the Dutch Robot Games in 2001. Although it was eliminated in the first round of the Dutch bracket by Arena Killer, it did win grudge matches against Lizzard and a weaponless Pullverizer.
Scraptosaur also returned for the 2003 Dutch Robot Games event prior to the Seventh Wars. Its competition fight was a rumble against PulverizeR and Kan-Opener, where Scraptosaur was eliminated in the first round after being pitted by Kan-Opener. Scraptosaur also entered a six-way Flipper Frenzy, which was won by Hard, despite Scraptosaur managing to flip Hard along the way.
- Scraptosaur is one of only four robots, along with Bamm Bamm, Hammerhead and NEAT Machine, to have competed in both Dutch Championships and the Seventh UK Championship.
- Marien van der Meer's wife, Annita van der Meer, was heavily involved with the build project of the original Scraptosaur, but could not attend the TV filming. She has built various antweight and 6kg robots in her own right, and entered Series 9 and 10 with TMHWK.
- In its battle against St. Agro and its Third World Championship Qualifier, Scraptosaur had slightly bigger eyes on it.