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Shunt was one of four House Robots to be sold as part of the Robot Wars Construction Sets range, released in August 2019. Based upon the Series 3-4 version of Shunt from Robot Wars, it was priced at £24.99, also being sold as part of a four-pack alongside Dead Metal, Matilda and Sir Killalot, at a cost of £79.99 for the complete set.

OverviewEdit

Shunt Construction Set Box

The Shunt Construction Set in its packaging

The Shunt Construction Set was sold as a box containing 253 stainless steel pieces, which the user could assemble using a set of instructions included as a paper sheet in the box. When fully assembled, the toy replicates Shunt as it appeared in Series 3-4 of the show, despite the back of the construction set's packaging reflecting the Series 8 version of Shunt.

The toy runs on two wheels, and was a fairly accurate interpretation of the original House Robot's design, with some creative liberties taken to suit the kit's construct-by-hand nature. A number of holes were added into the metal struts to save weight, permit manual bending, and to make the toy somewhat resemble Meccano.

TriviaEdit

  • Although the Shunt Construction Set enjoyed a quiet launch through online retailers in August 2019, the toy was first revealed as early as March 2018[1], and was not seen again between the official announcement and release, with Robot Wars offering no marketing on the toy's behalf.
  • The Shunt Construction Set was the only official Robot Wars toy to depict Shunt from behind. This is mainly due to the Series 8 incarnation of Shunt always portraying the robot with its lifting scoop facing forwards, unlike the original run of the show which depicted the snowplough scoop as Shunt's front end.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.licenseglobal.com/entertainment/%E2%80%98robot-wars%E2%80%99-unleashes-gifts

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