Steg 2 (also spelt as Steg-2  or Steg 2-O-Saw-Us) was the Jurassic Park team's second entry in Robot Wars, competing exclusively in Series 4. It won its heat over Mortis and reached the Semi-Final stage, before losing to defending champion Chaos 2 in the first round.
The Jurassic Park team had also previously reached the Grand Final of Series 3 with Steg-O-Saw-Us, but despite this, Steg 2 was only seeded seventh for Series 4, with Julia Reed and Jonathan Pearce often incorrectly stating that Steg-O-Saw-Us had lost in the Semi Finals instead of the Grand Final. Steg 2 was directly succeeded by 3 Stegs 2 Heaven.
Design[edit | edit source]
Steg 2 was a boxy, reverse wedge-shaped robot running on a two-wheel drive system. It was constructed from an aerospace grade monocoque chassis and was armoured in aluminium and 3mm polycarbonate. Its weapon was a powerful pneumatic flipper which evolved from the lifting tail of its predecessor, Steg-O-Saw-Us. Using two 1000psi pneumatic rams, this was capable of flipping other robots with ease and acting as the robot's self-righting mechanism. While its weapon was powerful, Steg 2 had a tendency to launch itself into the air following its attacks, had a high ground clearance at the front and suffered from the same CO2 supply issues that affected other pneumatic weapons. The latter two shortcomings were particularly instrumental towards the robot's Series 4 Semi-Final defeat against Chaos 2.
In its Series 4 profile image, Steg 2 also sported red Stegosaurus-style spikes on the flipper in homage to its predecessor, while the flipper featured two spiked prongs which were also painted red. However, the top spikes were removed for two of its fights and the prongs had a small flipping plate attached between them when it actually fought on the show.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
With the team's previous robot being names Steg-O-Saw-Us in reference to the stegosaurus dinosaur, Steg 2 shortens this name as the robot's successor. The 3 Stegs 2 Heaven website consistently referred to the robot as Steg-2, while the side of the robot also read Steg-2-O-Saw-Us.
The Team[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Jurassic Park
Steg 2 was entered by the Jurassic Park team, previous Robot Wars finalists with Steg-O-Saw-Us. The team was captained by Rob Heasman, joined by Dan King and Peter Rowe.
After Rob Heasman left the team, he took Steg 2 with him, and as a result, it did not return for any other series of Robot Wars. Because of this, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was built for and competed in Series 5 and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. Team captain Rob Heasman was also part of the Oblark team, which represented the Fire Service in the Extreme 1 Armed Forces Special.
Robot History[edit | edit source]
Series 4[edit | edit source]
- "Back again after reaching the semi-finals last time. It has a CO2 powered pneumatic flipper, an electric 750 watt motor and the shell is aerospace aluminium and polycarbonate."
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Steg 2
It had a difficult start, being pushed into Dead Metal by Crusader 2 and flipped against the wall, where Dead Metal cut into its underside. Steg 2 escaped by self-righting, and proceeded to charge into Cronos and Crusader 2, but failing to flip either of them and retreating back into Dead Metal's CPZ. Eventually, it threw Cronos a full 360 degrees into the air, before being rammed into the wall again by Crusader 2 and having the top of its flipper set on fire by the wall-mounted flame jets. Crusader 2 lifted Steg 2 and rammed it into Dead Metal again before dragging it back, with both robots eventually being separated by Cronos. Steg 2 stayed out of the action as Dead Metal attacked Cronos, but ran into the wall outside Sgt. Bash's CPZ, appearing to be stuck there as Crusader 2 rammed it again, freeing it and allowing Crusader 2 to continue attacking Steg 2. However, Cronos was pitted by Sir Killalot and Steg 2 and Crusader 2 proceeded through to Round 2.
There, Steg 2 fought series newcomers Iron-Awe.
Steg 2 began slowly, with both robots hesitant to attack until it got underneath Iron Awe and flipped it over, with Iron-Awe self-righting using its axe before being flipped again. The two robots met in the arena once again, with Steg 2 again flipping Iron-Awe a few more times and Iron-Awe either landing back onto its tracks or self-righting in response. However, Iron-Awe started to lose mobility with every attack, eventually becoming immobilised and attacked by the House Robots after Steg 2's last flip. Steg 2 proceeded to flip Matilda over, much to the crowd's delight, as Iron-Awe was axed by Shunt and had its axe snapped off by Sir Killalot. Steg 2 drove into the wall and was attacked by Dead Metal again as time ran out, with the battle going to a Judges' decision despite Iron-Awe's immobility. Even so, the decision went in favour of Steg 2, allowing it to progress to the Heat Final.
In the Heat Final, Steg 2 fought the twenty-third seeds and seasoned veteran Mortis.
It started the slower of the two, with Mortis charging straight at it and attempting to push it around the arena. However, neither robot could get their weapons working, until Steg 2 fired its flipper as it was pushed into the wall by Mortis. Steg 2 recovered, being pushed around again by Mortis, whose lifting arm jammed open after the preceding shove and left it vulnerable to being flipped. Despite Mortis finally using its Tanto axe to hammer Steg 2's flipper, Steg 2 finally flipped Mortis onto its back, leaving it unable to self-right and allowing it to push the veterans into the pit as it opened. This meant that Steg 2, like its predecessor, was through to the Semi-Finals.
- "Well. Another shock. What a turn up for the books. Mortis go out. Steg 2 go through!"
- — Craig Charles announces the results of the Heat Final
In the first round of its Semi-Final, Steg 2 faced a tough draw against reigning champion Chaos 2.
Both robots circled round and dodged each other in order to exploit each other's ground clearance. Steg 2 fired its flipper first, but missed, and was thrown onto its back by Chaos 2, before promptly self-righting, surviving another flip and attempting to flip Chaos 2 over. It eventually succeeded in throwing Chaos 2 onto its back, but the latter immediately re-righted itself, before flipping Steg 2 against the wall and into Shunt. Steg 2 escaped, only to be rolled over and left on its side by Chaos 2, with its flipper jamming open after running out of CO2. This left Steg 2 stranded on its back, before it was positioned on and thrown by the Floor Flipper. As a result, Steg 2 was eliminated from the Fourth Wars.
- "All over for Steg 2... and they started so promisingly!"
- — Jonathan Pearce announces Steg 2's elimination
Results[edit | edit source]
|STEG 2 - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
7th Seed, Semi-Finals, Round 1
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. Cronos, Crusader 2||Qualified|
|Heat D, Round 2||vs. Iron-Awe||Won|
|Heat D, Final||vs. Mortis (23)||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Round 1||vs. Chaos 2 (1)||Lost|
Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]
- Wins: 3
- Losses: 1
Series Record[edit | edit source]
|Main Series||Steg 2 Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Entered with Steg-O-Saw-Us|
|The Fourth Wars||Semi-Finals, Round 1|
|The Fifth Wars||Entered with 3 Stegs 2 Heaven|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Entered with 3 Stegs 2 Heaven|
Entered with Oblark (Rob Heasman)
|Series 2||Did not enter|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Of all of the Series 4 Semi-Finalists, only Firestorm and Steg 2 have never fought in an Annihilator or Extreme 1 Mayhem battle.
- Steg 2 was the lowest-ranked seed to come from a team that reached a Grand Final in the previous series, being seeded seventh in the Fourth Wars.
- When comparing Steg 2 to its predecessor, Steg-O-Saw-Us, Julia Reed and Jonathan Pearce regularly misquoted it as a Semi-Finalist despite it actually being a Grand Finalist. However, this was amended when 3 Stegs 2 Heaven fought in Series 5 and Extreme 1.
- Steg 2's logo on the side of the robot was created using Microsoft WordArt.
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