"Shapeshifter... you never know what to expect."
— Maarten van de Burgt in Dutch Series 1

Shapeshifter was a robot that entered both series of Dutch Robot Wars. The robot's name was derived from its ever-changing appearance throughout Series 1, which also saw the team change outfits before each match. Shapeshifter lost all three of its battles.

Versions of ShapeshifterEdit

Shapeshifter (Series 1)Edit


Shapeshifter as it appeared in the losers' melee

The Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1 version was shaped like a bee and featured black and yellow striped armour, and was armed with a spinning disc and a spear. Shapeshifter's name was given because the robot and team were subject to change; Shapeshifter featured at least two different sets of armour, and the team changed their shirts constantly, even in the midst of a battle. Shapeshifter's components were very heavy and used up most of the weight allowance, consequentially the team were forced to use balsa wood for Shapeshifter's armour. This provided absolutely no protection, and Shapeshifter was thoroughly destroyed in both of its battles.

Shapeshifter (Series 2)Edit

Shapeshifter pits

Side view of the Dutch Series 2 Shapeshifter

For Dutch Robot Wars: Series 2, the team entered a completely new design, a big red truck with a pneumatic scoop. Officially it was still called Shapeshifter, but it was sometimes referred to as Dozer. The makers of Project One donated some of their robot's parts to this version of Shapeshifter, but it did not fare any better than its predecessor, falling again in the first round. It was driven by a large rear tyre alongside two front wheels.

Robot HistoryEdit

Dutch Series 1Edit

Pathetica vs Shapeshifter

Shapeshifter breaks down against Pathetica

Shapeshifter took blows from Pathetica's axe, and its armour began to chip away. It went for the pit release, and stalled out. After being counted out, Shapeshifter was picked up by Sir Killalot, whose claws left a yawning gash in its armour. It was thrown by the floor flipper, and the impact of hitting the floor destroyed its top panel.


Shapeshifter takes punishment from Matilda

In the losers' melee, it went up against MaxiMill and NEAT Machine. Shapeshifter did not even move during this battle, and was simply pushed towards an angle grinder by NEAT Machine. Refbot counted it out as early as possible, and after NEAT Machine axed the top of the wooden robot, Matilda annihilated its chassis, throwing wood everywhere, while NEAT Machine qualified.

Dutch Series 2Edit

Philipper flips shapeshifter

Shapeshifter is flipped over almost immediately


Shapeshifter is attacked by Sir Killalot


Shapeshifter is consigned to the pit

In the second Dutch series, the new Shapeshifter machine was placed up against an experienced team in Philipper 2. In the battle, Shapeshifter slowly lurched forward, and then stopped. This provided Philipper 2 with the ample opportunity to come in and flip Shapeshifter over. Shapeshifter was subsequently counted out, and eliminated from the competition. After being counted out, Shapeshifter was thrown by the arena floor flipper, before cease was finally called.


Series 1
Dutch Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat E, Round 1 vs. Pathetica Lost
Heat E, Losers Melee vs. MaxiMill, NEAT Machine Lost
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Philipper 2 Lost


Shapeshifter insides

The insides of Shapeshifter

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

Dutch Series Shapeshifter Series Record
Series 1 Heat, Round 1
Series 2 Heat, Round 1
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