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Snookums was a heavyweight robot which entered three competitions during the second season of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors.

It lost in the first round of the US Championship to Propeller-Head and Psycho Chicken, and teamed up with Bang in the Tag Team Terror, only to lose to G-Force and Sir Force A Lot. However, in the Robot Rebellion, Snookums earned back-to-back wins against Medusa Oblongotta and Ninjitsu before being defeated by the House Robots.

DesignEdit

Snookums

Snookums in the arena

Designed to look like a swordfish, Snookums was built from a propane tank and was armed with a pneumatic lifting sword as its weapon. However, the force of the weapon was so strong that it broke itself whenever it fired, which often forced Snookums to fight without it working throughout most of its battles. Despite this setback, the propane tank body was strong enough to withstand attacks from Propeller-Head and the House Robots throughout its appearances. Snookums' rear tail was sacrificial, housing no electric components, and was designed to entangle spinning weapons, which it was successful at doing on multiple occasions.

Snookums rebuild

The process of rebuilding Snookums before its side events

Snookums was rebuilt in The Pits after its main series appearance, losing weight in the process before using the rebuilt machine to collect its first combat wins.

The TeamEdit

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Snookums with part of its team

Snookums was entered into Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors by Team Tsunami, nowadays known as Team Blaze. The team represented two states, with different team members living in California and Nevada. The team captain Ed Robinson was the driver of Snookums, and was a sword swallower and fire-breather by trade. He was joined by teammates John Hoffman and Curtis Fiegel. The team dressed up as pirates in all of their appearances, carrying props and a toy parrot mascot called Cracker in their appearances, with Ed Robinson also impersonating a typical pirate accent in most of his interviews.

Robot HistoryEdit

Season 2Edit

Propeller-Head vs Snookums

Snookums is hit by Propeller-Head

In the US Championship, Snookums was up against Propeller-Head and Psycho Chicken. It started attacking Propeller-Head with the intention of flipping it over quickly, but could not do so, and suffered damage from Psycho Chicken and Propeller-Head's spinning weapons. Snookums struggled to move after this, and its sacrificial tail was ripped apart while the House Robots attacked Psycho Chicken. Eventually, Snookums stopped moving altogether, and was counted out and reversed into the pit by Sir Killalot.

Team Tsunami later revealed that they had an opportunity to flip Propeller-Head, but this was missed because Snookums' weapon was not working.

"Propeller-Head's a strong bot with a super weapon, we were gonna go straight into them and flip 'em over like a pancake. Unfortunately, the weapon did not fire."
— Ed Robinson

In the Tag Team Terror, it competed alongside the loanerbot Bang, facing against G-Force and Sir Force A Lot in the first round. It started by pushing G-Force, before tagging Bang, who was pushed onto the flames by G-Force and Sir Force A Lot. Bang then had a tyre punctured and Snookums' sword was broken. Sir Force A Lot, Shunt and Sir Killalot all attacked Snookums, the latter throwing it upside-down. Shunt than axed Snookums and the immobile Bang, before Sir Force A Lot pitted Bang, and Snookums, who was flipped.

Snookums also participated in the Robot Rebellion. It faced Medusa Oblongotta in the first round and finally managed to use its sword to lift Medusa Oblongotta up. Snookums then used its tail to entangle Medusa Oblongotta's blade and push it into the CPZ where it was finished off by the House Robots.

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Snookums lifts Ninjitsu with its sword

Sgt Bash bites Snookums

Sgt. Bash bites Snookums' tail

In the second round, it faced Ninjitsu. Despite taking much punishment from Ninjitsu's blade, it still managed to use its sword to lift Ninjitsu up. A piece of Snookums' face got caught in Ninjitsu's blade, stopping it. Sgt. Bash then grabbed hold of Snookums' tail but it managed to get away and win on a judges' decision, albeit this was an extremely close split decision.

Sir Killalot attacks Snookums

Sir Killalot attacks the inverted Snookums

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An organ is dropped on Snookums

In the final battle, Snookums and Snake Bite faced the House Robots Dead Metal and Shunt. Snookums managed to stab Shunt with its sword, but couldn't overturn it. Sir Killalot then entered the arena and picked Snookums up and tossed it onto its back where it couldn't self-right. Snookums was then picked up and spun around by Sir Killalot again. Snookums ended up on The Drop Zone, where an organ landed on it, and Snookums was then pitted along with Snake Bite, having lost the challenge.

ResultsEdit

SNOOKUMS - RESULTS
Season 2
US Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Propeller-Head, Psycho Chicken Eliminated
Tag Team Terror
Competing with Bang, Round 1
Round 1 vs. G-Force & Sir Force A Lot Lost
Robot Rebellion
Lost Final Rebellion (with Snake Bite)
Round 1 vs. Medusa Oblongotta Won
Round 2 vs. Ninjitsu Won
Final vs. Dead Metal, Shunt & Sir Killalot Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

  • A damaged Snookums after the Robot Rebellion
  • An early Snookums under construction (note the Propane tank)
Main Series Snookums Series Record
Season 1 Did not enter
Season 2 Heat, Round 1
Nickelodeon Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Fintastic

Fintastic at Robotica

Snookums also entered Season 2 of Robotica under the name Fin-Tastic, where it was armed with a pneumatic flipper. It was entered into the same heat as the eventual champion Flexy Flyer, and fell prior to the Fight to the Finish within its episode.

  • Snookums as the House Robot Lone Shark at the 4th RoboJoust in November of 2002
  • Another version of Lone Shark
  • The first version of Robot-X
  • The second version of Robot-X
  • Robot-X after BattleBots
  • Ding Bot X
  • Spike
  • P.T. Bruiser as a heavyweight at BattleBots
  • P.T. Bruiser as a heavyweight with just a wedge and no spinner
  • Primate, an early version of P.T Bruiser

Snookums acted as a House Robot called Lone Shark for the 2002 4th annual RoboJoust event in Las Vegas, which was hosted by Ed Robinson. Lone Shark was re-painted black and featured a set of jaws, but it was only used for the first few fights, and remained motionless for all the rest until it was removed from the arena. Lone Shark also competed at the 3rd Steel Conflict in 2003, before it was sold to an art collector in Las Vegas.

The team also entered two versions of the lightweight competitor Robot-X, and also P.T. Bruiser into BattleBots. Robot-X was upgraded once again after Season 5.0, and later became part of the clusterbot Ding Bot X, before finally being converted into Spike, while P.T. Bruiser became a heavyweight while BattleBots was off-air.

  • Sharkoprion at BattleBots in 2018
  • Sharkoprion with its team at BattleBots in 2018
  • Ed Robinson at BattleBots in 2018
  • Sharkoprion's hero shot in 2018

For the 2018 season of BattleBots, aired on Discovery Channel and Science Channel, Ed Robinson and John Hoffman built a new machine, Sharkoprion. This carries on the team's theme of shark-based robots, and is an invertible robot armed with a vertical spinning disc, and a decorative swinging tail; the name being inspired by the prehistoric shark Helicoprion. Its first battle was a rumble against fellow sea creature-themed robot Kraken, and Deviled Egg, as part of Episode 1. Sharkoprion emerged victorious after overturning Deviled Egg with a blow, while Kraken lost mobility as a result of a damaged wheel. Sharkoprion did not fight again until Episode 10, where it lost a Judges' decision against Warhead after the rubber from its tyre was bitten away. Its third and final battle was a head-to-head victory against Gemini, where in spite of losing drive on one side halfway through the match, Sharkoprion displayed enough mobility and earned enough points to win the battle via split judges' decision. By not completing four matches, Sharkoprion was not eligible for the Top 16.

  • Sharkoprion at BattleBots in 2019
  • Team Blaze at BattleBots in 2019
  • Ed Robinson at BattleBots in 2019

An improved version of Sharkoprion returned for the 2019 season of BattleBots. As the team were only present for one weekend of filming, Sharkoprion competed in a limited number of battles.

TriviaEdit

  • Snookums was one of the only robots to use an entanglement device successfully, ceasing the blade of Ninjitsu.
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