Applied[edit source]

Should we do a list of competitors that have already applied for this series, I know from Twitter that Apollo, PP3D and Eric have applied for this year. TKK3nta (talk) 08:16, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

Eric has applied!? That's great news. Responding to your question I think we should just keep it quiet about the competitors for now until we have a bigger list. 321Annihilate (talk) 08:28, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

I guess that would make sense, maybe I'll post a blog of those that have applied for now. Here's the twitter of Team Eric saying they have applied. TKK3nta (talk) 08:53, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
To answer your question, no. We caused more problems than information last series when we did this, so I advise not keeping the list. Plus I once again want to keep the spoilers and lists of robots secret, I don't want to know what happens until official sources confirm it. Jimlaad43(talk) 09:27, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
What Jim said. There was backlash last time we ran an applicant list, and we won't make the same mistake twice. Just use Reddit. ToastUltimatum 12:02, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
Basically the only robot that is "allowed" to be confirmed is Apollo, due to the nature of being a champion. If Apollo is not present in any heat or battle, then anyone else that competes must be kept quiet. If Apollo is present, then it gets the benefit. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 14:31, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
Yes, right now, the only robot that has been officially confirmed is Apollo. Anything else, we cannot say until the higher-ups (I.E. the BBC) say anything. I'd rather not repeat last year's fiasco. CrashBash (talk) 15:12, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
I know of seven teams that have publicly stated that they've applied already, so it seems things are much more lenient on that front this time around, but still, in terms of adding the information to pages, it is safer for the Wiki to play things safe. Nweston8 (talk) 15:32, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
Given the wikia "problem", should we keep a blog on who we think is in and who is out, moderators? --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 16:13, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
At this stage, I'd personally rather we didn't try to take risks. Maybe seven teams have publicly stated they've applied, but it could just be they didn't check the fine print. CrashBash (talk) 17:11, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

Drones[edit source]

Now I haven't seen the rules pdf from the website so I could be making a mistake but hey!. Do any of you think that drones could be a possibility this year? Plus would they class as clusterbots and be treated as clusterbots i.e. in terms of weight. Though from what I know from those who have applied it seems no one will be bringing in a drone for now but It would be interesting to see in the modern Robot Wars.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 17:15, October 13, 2016 (UTC)

Well we have certainly seen plenty in Battlebots and I pretty sure Drones were allowed in the first series of the robot wars reboot but nobody wanted to take it on. I think we will see drones. The robot which incorporates one will go down in robot wars history. 321Annihilate (talk) 17:21, October 13, 2016 (UTC)

Flying robots have always been allowed. They would have to be made by the roboteers, not commercially bought and slightly edited. Yeah it would be cool, but what can a drone do? Axes, flippers, claws, spinners? Very unlikely to be usable, and even if fitted on, the'll do more damage to the drone. Jimlaad43(talk) 18:15, October 13, 2016 (UTC)
BattleBots showed us that drones only work against plastic, and even then it has to be a big target. Also, any one with a functioning brain will know that only a flamethrower can be attached to a drone and have it still provide air support. That me is speaking the truth, not insulting. Also, there seems to be no way of turning off a drone using a link (which is strange, due to the fact that BattleBots actually likes using removable links instead of kill switches). --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 07:34, October 14, 2016 (UTC)
Personally, unless they crash as they did in BattleBots, I don't think that drones would add anything much to Robot Wars, especially since it would be difficult for them to attack wheeled/tracked/walking robots effectively and vice versa. By the way, has anyone else stumbled upon this before? It's a drone combat show made by Steve Carsey, the original producer of Robot Wars, featuring a mix of obstacle courses, aerial combat and its very own set of House Drones. Having watched the first series before joining the Wiki, I can't say it's as exciting or memorable as Robot Wars is, but it has its own YouTube channel if you want to investigate it for yourself. VulcansHowl (talk) 09:16, October 14, 2016 (UTC)

Tickets[edit source]

Is anyone here going to apply for tickets again? I sure am, Saturday 3rd is about the only day I can do, so I will be applying for that day. Jimlaad43(talk) 18:09, October 19, 2016 (UTC)

I actually need to go to one of the latest sessions, so I doubt I'll meet any wiki people there. ToastUltimatum 19:25, October 19, 2016 (UTC)

Saturday 3rd I could not do any more, so I applied to the only day I could fit it around my exams, the final day on the 7th. I got tickets! Premium tickets too, so as long as I'm on time, I am guaranteed a seat! YYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Jimlaad43(talk) 11:56, November 15, 2016 (UTC)

I got tickets too! I managed to get them for the Sunday show. 321Annihilate (talk) 15:18, November 18, 2016 (UTC)

I'm doubtful anyone will be joining me on the Monday afternoon. ToastUltimatum 15:20, November 18, 2016 (UTC)

Goliath[edit source]

This is unrelated to pretty much everything here but Goliath made an appearance on CbbC on Dick and Dom it seems with a few minor alterations. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 06:54, October 21, 2016 (UTC)

Failed to qualify[edit source]

From what I've heard some roboteers who have applied that a few days ago they were meant to get a phone call to tell them if they've applied, as it turns out a few haven't received anything and may have failed to qualify. Should we add them to the list of F2Q? Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 12:10, October 29, 2016 (UTC)

Not yet, it may be that the BBC just have more calls then they expected to make and they're still going through them. Keep a note of these teams off-wiki, though. ToastUltimatum 12:48, October 29, 2016 (UTC)
As before, we don't add anything about robots which have qualified or not until we have the official list months after it has all been filmed. There isn't any movement from this stance with the anti-spoiler policy we have. Jimlaad43(talk) 13:25, October 29, 2016 (UTC)
I have got a list of F2Q robots ready for when the time is right.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 20:35, November 2, 2016 (UTC)

Without mentioning names from what I've read it seems that Metorn wants "new robots" meaning we could lose quite a few 2016 competitors.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 15:53, October 31, 2016 (UTC)

To be honest, I think this isn't anything to really worry about. They've always wanted "new robots" and each series has seen quite a lot of newcomers. CrashBash (talk) 16:06, October 31, 2016 (UTC)
There's no reason why old teams can't make new robots. I was thrilled with PP3D, Carbide, and some other new robots. If I have to pick one I definitely want back it's Behemoth. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 22:27, October 31, 2016 (UTC)

Here's an interesting quote from a team that F2Q

"The RW guys, whilst obviously not being able to say anything concrete said they were waiting on the TV Commissioner re a potential RWS3 (no new news there but it shows Mentorn are keen). I was told if they get a green light they will post details for S3 applications directly to unsuccessful S2 teams first off as well as posting through normal channels"

Another thing that someone has said refers to the fact that most of the robots that F2Q for this series are round 1 dropouts. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 14:30, November 2, 2016 (UTC)

Makes me wonder if they're doing the same thing for this coming series, and that they contacted first and foremost a lot of the teams that didn't qualify for the 2016 series. One has to wonder...CrashBash (talk) 20:39, November 2, 2016 (UTC)
That's a surprisingly good way of doing it. The best and most entertaining get one year, the rest basically do odd and even years. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 20:42, November 2, 2016 (UTC)

Well so far on my list I have recorded at least 20 robots that have F2Q.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 16:31, November 4, 2016 (UTC)

Celebrity Specials?[edit source]

So I read on the Roaming Robots Facebook group that there will be some Celebrity specials.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 13:10, November 12, 2016 (UTC)

I've seen the page itself. If those do go ahead, we may need to give "Celebrity Special" its own little sub-page, like we have for the Annihilators, Tag Team Terrors, etc. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. CrashBash (talk) 13:26, November 12, 2016 (UTC)
So this was released in terms of telling people about film dates, note it says "celebrity edition" in the afternoon of the 6th December. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 17:14, November 12, 2016 (UTC)
I had hoped there would be some side events. Hopefully this time its celebrities I've heard of. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 20:36, November 12, 2016 (UTC)

Looks like it's been officially confirmed: Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 18:01, November 17, 2016 (UTC)

That's just the same thing that was posted on the Facebook link. I don't think it's proof that it's true. --MasterMarik (talk) 01:13, November 18, 2016 (UTC)
For what it's worth, one of the children in my class I teach is the nephew of Jason Marston, and he told me today that Jason has been chosen as one of the mentors for the celebrity special this series, but told me that the celebrity in question was top secret. So this is most definitely a thing! Helsed (talk) 21:09, November 17, 2016 (UTC)
The fact that the official Robot Wars twitter and Facebook is advertising the tickets that say about the Celebrity Specials, I would say that's a confirmation, though I don't know if these "Celebrity Events" will be filmed though (but it's likely).Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 15:25, November 18, 2016 (UTC)
I already took the initial post as confirmation (I had access to the link prior to yesterday's release), so there's not really anything else we can add to the article. ToastUltimatum 15:26, November 18, 2016 (UTC)

Confirmation from Radio Times of 2 Celebrity Specials this Christmas, 4 celebs in each episode, working with teams to design their dream robot. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 07:22, November 22, 2016 (UTC)

So these will be for Christmas? That means they'll film in December and have very short amount of time editing it, that and trailers for it. Unless I'm mistaken. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 07:30, November 22, 2016 (UTC)

Just to make something clear, it would be great to get articles up and running for the Christmas specials, as well as the general Celebrity Special article which combines 2017 and Series 4, but we cannot do this yet, as we do not know what Mentorn will call these episodes. ToastUltimatum 15:47, November 22, 2016 (UTC)

So, this is implying the possibility of them doing the heat format from Round 2 onwards, perhaps. CrashBash (talk) 15:51, November 22, 2016 (UTC)

I would imagine so, the head to heads would make sure that there is at least a decent amount of screen time for each celebrity, rather than just the single interview before the battle and quick chat afterwards. The time normally spent on Round 1 could be taken up by VT's of the roboteers and celebrities talking about designing and building the robots. At the end of the second episode they may do a Celebrity Final, like the All-Stars in Extreme 2. The full BBC press blurb for it is here: --Voyanuitoa (talk) 15:58, November 22, 2016 (UTC)
Could this be one of the Celebrity robots? This is recent and does have a competitor who may or may not be in the new series. Via Robot Wars Twitter account: Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 20:04, November 22, 2016 (UTC)
Should we REALLY be playing this game again, with all due respect? CrashBash (talk) 20:37, November 22, 2016 (UTC)

The official UKRobotWars twitter account has retweeted the following tweet by a celebrity in regards to the celebrity specials: "I did. And they invited me. But I am in Japan so can't do the filming dates." Would the identification of said celebrity constitute a spoiler? (I've avoided linking to the tweet as the username would give it away) --Voyanuitoa (talk) 10:13, November 23, 2016 (UTC)

If you think about it, we have just over a month before these will be broadcast anyway, so there is no point speculating who the celebs will be. Jimlaad43(talk) 11:36, November 23, 2016 (UTC)
I'd say anything on Twitter that doesn't get immediately deleted is fair game (the exception being competitiors who cofirm they've been chosen, as we know they aren't supposed to do that). From that Mannequin Challenge video, are any of those people a celebrity, or is it just roboteers? RA2; aka Resetti's Replicas. (My Talk) 03:24, November 24, 2016 (UTC)

Battle of the Stars[edit source]

BBC Two have confirmed two contestants: It also looks as if the show will be called Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars with a full list of celebrities being announced soon! Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 17:59, November 24, 2016 (UTC)

I can't get to the proper talk page on my phone so can someone move this part to the Battle of the Stars page?
I think we should still bundle the pages together and consider them a type of event like Annihilator, Tag Team, etc. Sure the latters name is more flashy but the former is the base name for it. The format may be different but the Tag Team, All Star and most obviously the US and Uk Championships have differed significantly in format between iterations. The essential elements are there - a tournament featuring celebrities at the controls. I don't see any benefit for considering them two different kinds of tournament. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 20:42, November 24, 2016 (UTC)
Scott Mills and Chris Stark? Ha, they'll be great! Jimlaad43(talk) 01:35, November 25, 2016 (UTC)
If the majority want to merge Celebrity Robot Wars and Battle of the Stars, it can be arranged. More opinions are necessary. ToastUltimatum 14:28, November 25, 2016 (UTC)
The format of both is the same in principle, so it makes sense to describe them both on the same page, but y'know, each episode will get a separate page. It's still best to wait for broadcast though, just to be sure. Jimlaad43(talk) 14:45, November 25, 2016 (UTC)

Arena[edit source]

Here's an image by Angela Scalon. The arena's getting ready and there's not much change other that purple lighting and apparently more seats. the son of nemesis (talk) 19:52, November 29, 2016 (UTC)

I was hoping that the arena would actually be heated given the problems last time, but given that she's advising warm clothing I very much doubt that at this stage. Last series was bad enough with the cold, but since the new series will be filmed in a matter of days (and it hasn't been particularly warm lately), the performance of CO2 and pneumatic systems could be even worse than last year. S256 22:05, November 29, 2016 (UTC)

Tomorrow's the day[edit source]

Well, filming starts tomorrow. I'll be listening to Scott and Chris on the Radio today, to see if they mention it at all, because they should be in Glasgow tomorrow. Who's going to filming of any days? Jimlaad43(talk) 09:28, December 1, 2016 (UTC)

Robot Wars[edit source]

I have just got back and I have had a blast! And all I can say is £$^^&^ absolutely obliterated (&*(^%$. It was so fun and I was told the series will be airing in February. No official confirmation yet though. 321Annihilate (talk) 16:33, December 4, 2016 (UTC)

Heh, I just walked to Westway Park and back to my hotel. Excited for tomorrow, it sounds like I'll be watching the early stages of the second round then? ToastUltimatum 17:04, December 4, 2016 (UTC)
Have fun tomorrow Toast. I am so ready for Wednesday! Jimlaad43(talk) 17:14, December 4, 2016 (UTC)

Just saw the morning session of today with two friends of mine, it was epic!!!! Looking forward to next week already :) Liam Bryant (talk) 17:44, December 4, 2016 (UTC)

Well no. It was strange because I think I saw 3 episodes worth of battles. I saw 2 group battles and 4 head to heads but they all had different robots in. So you will see 4 way melees and 1 on 1s but the downside is that's parts of 3 episodes spoiled for me. It was great though. 321Annihilate (talk) 18:22, December 4, 2016 (UTC)

So... is Sgt Bash going to be in the new series? 16:05, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

Sadly no. We never saw him. 321Annihilate (talk) 16:07, December 6, 2016 (UTC)

Just come back from the Grand Final. Oh hoh hoh hoh hoh, it was immense. Look forward to it because it was indescribably incredible! A lot of the team members from other teams came into my grandstand, and I actually had a nice chat with one of the team members from one of the successful teams from last year. Won't say who though! Jimlaad43(talk) 21:47, December 7, 2016 (UTC)

I'd hate to go to a Grand Final recording myself, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! I really, really hope that the Grand Final battle itself was very good - anything less ala Chaos 2 vs Hypno-Disc will feel a bit of a nightmare. Nweston8 (talk) 22:50, December 7, 2016 (UTC)

Twitter[edit source]

Just found this on the official Robot Wars Twitter feed. Could an announcement on the 2017 series air dates be imminent? VulcansHowl (talk) 21:21, January 25, 2017 (UTC)

Let's hope so! Although the Robot Wars version of announcing things means we may be waiting all of three days or up to three weeks. Nweston8 (talk) 22:17, January 25, 2017 (UTC)
I certainly hope it won't be a three day wait! I'm essentially doing a Smash Bros. roadtrip from Friday morning until Sunday night, so I'll be on a brief hiatus. I think by pure coincidence the Ragnabot 2 schedule means I'll just about sneak in all of my votes, but Robot Wars could do to hold off the big reveal ;) TOAST 04:48, January 26, 2017 (UTC)
Well, I've just put up Round 2, and Round 3 will be up on Saturday morning. Able to do them? BTW, so excited about the announcement. I hope it's not too far away. I cannot wait for the new series (mainly because I want to talk to everyone about their experiences at filming, but y'know, spoilers) Jimlaad43(talk) 08:17, January 26, 2017 (UTC)
Sadly there has been nothing so far since :( Jimlaad43(talk) 00:38, February 6, 2017 (UTC)
It'll come. Eventually. CrashBash (talk) 09:37, February 6, 2017 (UTC)
Recently, an image has popped up on the unofficial Facebook group which appears to show the House Robots destroying a car as part of a filming session. If this is a hint that a trailer might be on its way soon, then we shouldn't have to wait too long for any more news, I should imagine. VulcansHowl 10:56, February 6, 2017 (UTC)
Destroying a car? Fantastic! That should put the robots both size and power into perspective for everyone. Awesome! Jimlaad43(talk) 11:26, February 6, 2017 (UTC)
Found another Twitter update earlier tonight. Hints towards a possible announcement coming this weekend. VulcansHowl 22:08, February 9, 2017 (UTC)
I reckon it'll be the trailer. Raz3r(talk) 22:11, February 9, 2017 (UTC)

Eighth and Ninth Wars[edit source]

So the BBC have finally called 2016 the Eighth wars in a press release. However, that is still the only time they've done it, for consistencies sake, but it was never called that in the show, Apollo were announced as the 2016 champions, not the Series 8 champs. (Also, the champions of the soon to be announced series are called 2017 champions, not Series 9). We should move everything back to (2016 Series) and (2017 Series). Jimlaad43(talk) 08:37, January 30, 2017 (UTC)

Yes. Even if BBC have finally referred to it as "Series 8", that still doesn't make the series "The Eighth Wars". The choice is between Robot Wars (2016 series) and Robot Wars (Series 8), and we don't have substantial reason to change the pages' names. Even though it literally happened across the board. We'll now change them all back. This discussion can be revisited if we get a tenth series. Aggravated that this had to happen on my one weekend hiatus. TOAST 08:52, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
Here's where I'm at. "2016 series" isn't a canon description, its a placeholder name we used whilst waiting for something official. We now have something official. Now, I'm not suggesting that the Eighth Wars should remain the name of the page (because as I see it, it's yet to be called that), but we now have the green light from the BBC to consider this the eighth series of Robot Wars as opposed to the first series of a rebooted show. Apollo was not called the "2016 series champion" either. It was just the Robot Wars champion. We also know from teams like Storm 2 and Ironside 3 that the show did plan to fit into the previous show, but they strayed away from doing so. Now I'm against renaming the pages to fit with what we know, but we're pretty much leaving time travel the only way of ever calling the page anything other than "2016 series". Now we know what BBC considers it, and we have to adapt somewhat. We aren't going to leave the page as "2016 series" for a whole year when the BBC has expressed clear intention to the contrary. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 08:59, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
At the very least, all references to "series 1-7, 2016 series" can now be fixed. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 09:01, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
Don't take this one source as the be-all end-all. BBC and Mentorn can have differing views on how the series is treated. I like the idea of distinguishing the reboot from the original run, and I'd want to see consistency in the use of Series 8-9 before making such a radical change. For all we know, maybe the BBC considers Battle of the Stars to be Series 9 in its entirety. The possibility of a Series 10 could also throw another wrench into the mix, we don't know how they'll address the naming system. Time travel is an exaggeration, both the airdates of 2017 and the announcement of another series could well be sooner than you think, we can afford to be patient. The "Series 2-7, 2016, Extreme 1-2" examples can be changed to "Series 2-8, Extreme 1-2" if you can get a clear consensus for it, but I'll stay in favour of what we have now. TOAST 09:23, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
I'm certainly happy to wait for more information, but I'm certainly not going to leave a placeholder name for a full year if they start using "series 8" consistently. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 09:25, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
I'm fairly certain the build rules or some other document called it Series 8. I'll need to check again though. S256 10:05, January 30, 2017 (UTC)

Having a digital copy of the original 2016 series build rules on hand, I can confirm that it does refer to the 2016 series as 'Season 8'. Why 'Season', and not 'Series', I don't know, but the 2016 series talk page already has a discussion about that discrepancy. VulcansHowl (talk) 10:19, January 30, 2017 (UTC)

I'd like it to be Eighth and Ninth, but currently I don't think the evidence is enough to make the change. The Robot Wars twitter is teasing us with more information, lets just wait and leave everything with 2016 and 2017 alone for the moment. Jimlaad43(talk) 10:23, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
If Dara and/or Angela refer to the 2017 series as the ninth war, would that automatically mean that the BBC is referring to the series as a direct sequel or is something we need information from Mentorn? --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 17:05, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
On another note, there's an image on Instagram that appears to show an alternative logo for the 2016 series opening, with '2016' added to the left-hand side of the Robot Wars logo. Could this be more evidence to suggest that Mentorn is still referring to the 2016 series as the '2016 series', rather than 'Series 8'? VulcansHowl (talk) 20:25, January 30, 2017 (UTC)
Interesting, I'd love to know where that logo came from. TOAST 05:29, January 31, 2017 (UTC)

The BBC Programmes page for Robot Wars has been updated with the first four series. It considers "The Best of" and "The Grudge Matches" to be part of series 2, but "The Making of" is separate. Series 3 and 4 are missing all special episodes. It refers to the 2016 series as "Series 8". Also does an official source(s) calling it "Series 8" mean we can automatically call it "The Eighth War" or not? --Voyanuitoa (talk) 16:53, January 31, 2017 (UTC)

Intriguing that the BBC list "The Making of Robot Wars" as a separate entity rather than as part of Series 2. Makes me wonder what they are planning to do with the original series - digital downloads perhaps? DVD/Blu-ray releases? Of course, there's no sign of Series 5-6 or Extreme, and it would be awkward to think how the BBC would handle Series 7 since they didn't have the rights to it when it was originally broadcast... VulcansHowl (talk) 17:17, January 31, 2017 (UTC)
To answer Voyan's question, no, official use of the term Series 8 does not mean we have the right to call something The Eighth Wars. It would just make it Series 8. The words "this is Robot Wars, the Eighth War!" never escaped from Dara Ó Briain's mouth, so we'll never have grounds for a title like that. In my eyes, that's a good thing, as if we do eventually rename the rebooted series articles to Series 8/9/10, at least not using The Xth War gives us a slight way to separate the original and rebooted runs. TOAST 17:41, January 31, 2017 (UTC)

I think, in conclusion, that we have nowhere near enough information to make the switch, so Robot Wars (2016 Series) should stay. Jimlaad43(talk) 17:17, January 31, 2017 (UTC)

Series 9 Teaser[edit source]

The BBC have just uploaded the 2017 series teaser onto YouTube, and are officially referring to it as 'Series 9'. Not long to go now. VulcansHowl 17:44, February 10, 2017 (UTC)

I would say that we're 95% sure we can change this from (2017 Series) to Series 9. Jimlaad43(talk) 17:51, February 10, 2017 (UTC)

Called it. Raz3r(talk) 19:14, February 10, 2017 (UTC)

The use of Series 9 is more exciting than anything in the trailer itself. But just to clarify, if we are changing to Series 9 we are changing to Series 8 as well because I am not having an eyesore of Series 1-7, 2016, series 9. That is just stubbornness on our part, the Robot Wars (series 8) will do for a title. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 21:48, February 10, 2017 (UTC)
Yeah we can use Series 8 and 9 now. But not "The Ninth Wars". Part of me wanted to say that we might as well wait until the series started airing just in case, but realistically we should be doing the legwork now before we have bigger priorities. TOAST 22:59, February 10, 2017 (UTC)
The only thing I need to think about is whether we use Robot Wars (Series 9) as the title, or Robot Wars: Series 9. I was campaigning against the use of colons in the case of Extreme Warriors, but the trailer on YouTube did actually use a colon. What do we think guys? TOAST 23:06, February 10, 2017 (UTC)
I could go either way but brackets looks better to me, but if they've done it with colon that should be how we do it. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 23:14, February 10, 2017 (UTC)
I think it may be worth seeing if the BBC releases any other material this weekend. Other wise I would go for the colon. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 23:18, February 10, 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, you're right. I would say on the whole that it's fine to start updating competitor pages and the like with Series 8 and 9, but as for the page names themselves, we should wait and see if this weekend's "big announcement" is still to come, or if it was just the teaser. TOAST 23:27, February 10, 2017 (UTC)
Another version of the teaser has just surfaced on BBC Two's Twitter feed. Diotoir will be pleased to know that it is 100% Taylor Swift-free. VulcansHowl 18:34, February 11, 2017 (UTC)

Robot Wars: Series 9[edit source]

If there's no more news today, I'll rename this page to Robot Wars: Series 9 today, as well as renaming Series 8, unless there are any last objections. TOAST 12:32, February 12, 2017 (UTC)

I have no objections to the change. Raz3r(talk) 12:43, February 12, 2017 (UTC)
I am in full support of the renaming. However, with regards to the Series 8/2016 series article, would it still be appropriate to mention that it was formerly referred to as the 2016 series in the introduction? VulcansHowl 13:34, February 12, 2017 (UTC)
Yes, 2016 is still fine as an interchangeable term, that's what the show was referred to by its presenters, and it was conclusively held in 2016. However, we shouldn't use 2017 anywhere. You know, just in case... TOAST 15:47, February 12, 2017 (UTC)

February 26th?[edit source]

DigiGuide subscribers are claiming that Series 9 could be airing on Sunday February 26th at 7pm - this is backed up by Radio Times keeping this timeslot empty. This is definitely still a rumour, but I'm posting about it in order to lay a plan in place, as I'd booked bus tickets to a Manchester Smash tournament on this date weeks ago, and I still intend to go; non-refundable as always. I'll probably be back for about midnight, and then I need to actually watch the episode. Competitor articles should already be live by this point as long as the website is cooperative, but I'll have to leave write-ups in your capable hands until I get back. I didn't do any of the battle summaries for Battle of the Stars Episode 2, so I know I can trust this team. TOAST 19:35, February 14, 2017 (UTC)

I know the rumoured March 5th at 8pm slot is not going to happen as it was announced today that Top Gear (now without Chris Evans) will be in that slot.--Voyanuitoa (talk) 19:40, February 14, 2017 (UTC)
Robot Wars, followed by the new Top Gear? What do I do, update the wiki and react or give Matt, Chris and Rory a go? Hmm, not too sure ATM, but less than two weeks HYPE!!! Hopefully the Beeb will give us the full competitor list soon. Jimlaad43(talk) 00:55, February 15, 2017 (UTC)
Watch Top Gear with your breakfast the next morning, that's what I do with Coronation Street. TOAST 01:13, February 15, 2017 (UTC)
The only Coronation I care about is Chicken. Jimlaad43(talk) 01:16, February 15, 2017 (UTC)
If you like Toast, I can continue to do the images for the episodes as I did last year with you. Certainly, I can take care of the first episode and then you can replace the ones that need replacing with better images. Raz3r(talk) 15:54, February 15, 2017 (UTC) Confirmed 26/02/2017 at 7pm. 11 days to go!--Voyanuitoa (talk) 08:19, February 15, 2017 (UTC)
The end of February is looking awesome, Robot Wars returns atthe same time that all the F1 teams start revealing their cars and testing starts! Jimlaad43(talk) 09:43, February 15, 2017 (UTC)
Means I can start my little tournament tree. Unknown heat with *blank*, *blank*, the clusterbot *blank* and newcomer *blank*, as well as an old friend - *blank*, Team *blank*'s *blank* and old rivals *blank* and *blank*. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 15:41, February 15, 2017 (UTC)

Competitor List[edit source]

Keep you eyes peeled Mentorn have released this in terms of an updated competitor list. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 05:43, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

Still nothing. Whoever runs BBC's hype machine has no idea. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 05:46, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

First episode competitors confirmed/different date?[edit source] BBC Media Centre is saying March 5th now for episode 1, gives details about the new features of the pit release button and the names of the eight competitor robots.--Voyanuitoa (talk) 10:32, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

Interesting that they now refer to the qualifying episodes as 'group heats', and that the pit release button no longer just opens the pit. Should we go ahead and change the air dates for Episode 1 then? VulcansHowl 10:44, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
This looks far more confirmed than anything else we've had so far. Let's lock in new heat dates. Some thoughts:
  • Nuts 2, Jellyfish, Rapid, TMHWK, Sabretooth, Terrorhurtz, Aftershock, and Crank-E - I would say that Crank-E is Kill-E-Crank-E's new form, I didn't expect to get them back, nice to see Team Cold Fusion's legacy continue! Love seeing TMHWK back, enormously indifferent on Sabretooth, and I'm hoping for another shot for Terrorhurtz. Love the sound of Jellyfish even whilst knowing nothing about it.
  • No pit release - I hope this means an always open pit, instead of the highly arbitrary "auto release" of Series 4. The pit was barely used in the last series, so I'm all for this.
  • Rogue House Robot mode sounds very lame and brings back very bad "Killalot kills Killertron" vibes. Don't like the sound of that at all.Toon Ganondorf (t c) 10:46, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
You misunderstand, TG. There is still a pit release. Pressing the tyre can result in either or - it's a gamble. Besides, the pit can't be "always open" because it wasn't during BOTS. CrashBash (talk) 10:50, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
So change the dates and should we start adding the episode 1 competitors or wait on that?--Voyanuitoa (talk) 10:49, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
Oh yep, I re-read about the Pit. Been a long day at work.
Voy, let Toast handle it, he's got most of them pre-written. But I'd say wait until we get the official site release and there's something to say. Nuts, Sabretooth, Terrorhurtz and TMHWK can all have their current pages updated to say "series 9" competitors though. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 11:02, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
I've updated the competitor template. CrashBash (talk) 11:10, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
The Rogue House Robot thing is put int to potentially prevent robots just pressing the pit button and shoving their opponent in straight away. Until we see it in action, I'm 50/50 about it, but I understand the logic behind it. First episode looks good. Terrorhurtz and Nuts have a grudge match, and if Crank-E is Team Cold Fusion, then we have 3 from Episode 1 last series in Episode 1 again. Jimlaad43(talk) 11:10, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
It seems like an interesting idea, to say the least. I also imagine it's also partly to allow the House Robots more action because, for what it's worth, they did very little in Series 8. CrashBash (talk) 11:12, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
Also, I'm guessing Aftershock might be the "seed", as it sounds like Team Shock? Jimlaad43(talk) 11:14, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
I remember #aftershockiscoming so I'm 95% certain that it is Team Shock. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 13:00, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
Well at least that answers the "Who is the first seed" question then. Jimlaad43(talk) 18:37, February 22, 2017 (UTC) Radio Times now have a special episode of Dragons Den listed for BBC Two at 7pm 26th February. I think it is safe to say now that March 5th is the correct day now.--Voyanuitoa (talk) 11:17, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

There was also a TV advert saying Robot Wars would return in "March". My source? My parents as it turns out, but it seems they were right on this occasion. CrashBash (talk) 11:25, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
No excuses for Sabretooth this time. They need to deliver. The idea for the Rogue House Robot could be good or it could be bad; I fell like Dead Metal and Matilda passed the grade, but Sir Killalot and Shunt not-so-much. Looking at this list though, I predict Terrorhurtz or Aftershock will win the heat, although I know next to nothing about Nuts 2 (not expecting much), Crank-E or Rapid. Jellyfish though? Hmm... Raz3r(talk) 13:43, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
Did you really say Shunt didn't do much last series? I would argue it did the most out of all the House Robots, I would rate it like this 1.Shunt 2.Matilda 3.Dead Metal 4.Sir Killalot Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 13:57, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
So excited to see Aftershock in action, because I've already seen its design, and it's beautiful. Although it did well in terms of endurance last series, I think Nuts will be found out in its melee this time around. Sabretooth should be able to rack up a couple of televised wins, and Terrorhurtz should make the heat final. Can see it coming down to Aftershock and Terrorhurtz, but it promises to be an explosive first heat either way. Oh yeah, and I'd love TMHWK to do something, but a decent melee performance - i.e. surviving most of the battle, would be enough for the robot on my honourable mentions list for favourite robots. Nweston8 (talk) 14:01, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
I can't wait to see Aftershock. Jellyfish and Rapid are the ones I look forward to seeing just so I can actually see what the hell they look like. Terrorhurtz will be destructive as ever, and Sabretooth will hopefully do well. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 14:06, February 16, 2017 (UTC)
I'm curious and excited about Aftershock, and glad that Terrorhurtz is having another chance at the title. Let's hope John Reid gets the axe working properly this time round. VulcansHowl 14:17, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

Shouldn't someone add the Series 9 template onto the articles?Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 13:52, February 16, 2017 (UTC) Confirmed 5th of March, going to update relevant pages now.--Voyanuitoa (talk) 14:12, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

Series Record[edit source]

I don't think we should change the confirmed robots to "Entered" on their pages, as it won't stay that way. Saves us making edits which will just get changed in the future. Jimlaad43(talk) 14:48, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

It's not that much work. The hype train approach is to update everything and change it later. Pages like Killerhurtz need to say Entered with Terrorhurtz no matter what. Don't worry about it. TOAST 14:54, February 16, 2017 (UTC)

Website[edit source]

So the website is apparently going to be updated this week, it's also worth noting they'll probably be adding competitors on a weekly basis. This is possibly why we only know of week 1s robots as opposed to the whole list.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 20:10, February 19, 2017 (UTC)

Extended Trailer[edit source]

A new Series 9 trailer has just surfaced on the BBC website, showing the House Robots getting to grips with a Vauxhall Corsa and an Elvis bobblehead... VulcansHowl 19:01, February 20, 2017 (UTC)

Pretty fun trailer, definitely shows their size. Also I hate Vauxhalls, so that's an added bonus. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 19:17, February 20, 2017 (UTC)
Who knew Elvis was in Series 9 :P Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 19:31, February 20, 2017 (UTC)
The kicker? That was Dead Metal's car. He's gonna be so furious once he finds out. CrashBash (talk) 19:42, February 20, 2017 (UTC)
According to Google, the average engine weighs at least 150kg. Looks more impressive in the video. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 19:48, February 20, 2017 (UTC)
A shortened version of the trailer is also making the rounds on BBC One/Two. Just saw it immediately after An Island Parish, although word from the Facebook group says that they first started showing it a couple of days ago. I have to say, that trailer is an impressive showcase for the current House Robots, IMO. VulcansHowl 21:07, February 20, 2017 (UTC)

Confirmed Competitors[edit source]

It seems the teams are confirming their appearance in Robot Wars Series 9. Draven, Eruption and Aftershock (whom we already knew) have confirmed entry. I told Toast about Draven and Eruption (so far Draven was edited) so if anyone else likes to update articles go ahead (though Eruption may be edited by Toast). Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 15:59, February 22, 2017 (UTC)

Episode 2!!!![edit source] Cherub (with team picture) PP3D,Behemoth,Eruption,Draven,Hobgoblin and Cobra. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 11:42, February 23, 2017 (UTC)

Hmm, so it's specifically known as Lord Draven. CrashBash (talk) 11:44, February 23, 2017 (UTC)
I think Lord Draven is so far winning best robot name in Series 9. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 12:04, February 23, 2017 (UTC)
I will admit this seems to be quite an easy Heat for Eruption, it's only real challenges are PP3D and Push to Exit, (even though Hobgoblin is an unknown entity and could be deadly). The one robot I care about is Draven, even though there's no way it'll win the heat (unless it's a stroke of extreme luck) but the other competitors seem (aside from above and Behemoth) like robots Draven could beat. I just want it to win at least one battle, I hate seeing the "never won a battle" category.

As for episode 1 I definitely think it'll be ether Aftershock or Terrorhurtz. They seem to be the better robots from the bunch, Jellyfish could create some trouble but not much I don't believe, Nuts is just nuts, Sabretooth will probably carry on the tradition of being knocked out in round 1 though you never know... Rapid looks like it could do well, though it will be demolished by THz + Aftershock just by looking at it. Crank-E I have seen an image don't know if I can say anything other than it won't win. Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 09:13, February 24, 2017 (UTC)

Hence why I've started using #PrayForDraven to get some attention like Sabretooth. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 09:26, February 24, 2017 (UTC)
If the BBC releases another episode, I might be able to piece together the seeds and all that. I'll have to check Reddit to find some pictures and maybe a video for the remaining episodes, but until then I can't say anything. I might edit TR2 and Gabriel's pages for Series 9 if what Reddit says is true. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 09:45, February 24, 2017 (UTC)
Well, early predictions, I certainly think that Aftershock or Terrorhurtz will be the likely winner of Heat A. Some of the others look decent enough, but I don't really think they're up to that potential. Heat B is likely to be a LOT closer, with three really good robots and a potentially good fourth one. CrashBash (talk) 09:48, February 24, 2017 (UTC)
I feel like I'm the only one who has faith in Rapid to do well. Potentially Heat Final material. As for Heat B this is definitely Eruption's heat, with Lord Draven, PP3D, Behemoth and Push to Exit all having the potential to do well. Hobgoblin's the unknown quantity though. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 09:53, February 24, 2017 (UTC)

1 week[edit source]

In just under a week's time, the first episode will have aired. Who's excited? Jimlaad43(talk) 00:04, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Who isn't? CrashBash (talk) 00:06, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
Sounds like a good time to archive this page. On-topic, I really hope Rapid's flipper has some power behind it, I may cheer for them if so. I also have my easy-to-deduce reasons for wanting Team Shock to do well, even if I'm not necessarily pulling for a second consecutive Grand Final. TOAST 00:29, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Competitor list revealed[edit source]

Oh my god, Apollo and Carbide in the same heat! Jimlaad43(talk) 16:28, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Maybe the next Series should have seeds, to prevent such a draw from occurring again? On an unrelated note, I am glad to see Crushtacean return, and the debut of Meggamouse, which I consider an underrated machine. Lastly, Ms Nightshade looks to be a candidate for the most original entry of the series. SpaceManiac888 (Talk) 16:33, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
I have a feeling that draw was probably deliberate. Pulsar and Ironside3 are in the same heat again, as are PP3D and Eruption, Thor, MR Speed Squared and Foxic. It's either been drawn to rekindle rivalries, or because the teams asked for it. Just theories, I have no idea. Jimlaad43(talk) 16:39, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
Ceros V2.0 is now called Rusty. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 16:41, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
For the episodes themselves, I can confirm (thanks to Reddit) that Chimera 2, Thor Concussion and Foxic fight each other in week 3, Ironside, Pulsar, Apex and Krab-Bot fight each other week 4 and Carbide, Crackers and Smash, Megamouse and Trolley Rage are fighting each other in the final week. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 16:56, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
The big name missing seem to TR2. Does any one know why they weren't selected? --Voyanuitoa (talk) 16:59, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
TR2 and Gabriel are reserves, according to Reddit due to not making enough "substantial" changes, despite a few other getting with minor changes. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 17:02, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Tauron is in the melee with Chimera 2, Thor and Concussion instead of Foxic. Nweston8 (talk) 17:15, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
Fair enough. Based around the intro used on the home page, Nuts 2 will be against THZ, Jellyfish and Rapid. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 17:36, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
I tell you something, Supernova looks utterly evil in this series. Should have called them Zod. On another note, I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of flippers. Seems to be spinner dominated this series, which I'm not sure what to think of. Raz3r(talk) 17:13, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Looks like I'm gonna be making another prediction thingie....also odd that they're refering to it as Season that's even more confusing. CrashBash (talk) 17:18, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Any thoughts on the Heat of Death? Or is that a stupid question with the two Grand Finalists meeting? Combatwombat555 (talk) 17:36, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
Personally, I am a little miffed that they decided to plonk the 2 big names into the same heat. There should have been a seeding setup so that the finalists stayed away from eachother until the finals rolled around. I also think that leaving Toon Raider out of the series was a bad move, but ah well. --Demon Of Tomorrow 20:35, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think it's a sensible idea to have Apollo and Carbide in the same heat. Both were arguably the best robots from Series 8 IMO, and I feel that having them come face to face in the same episode might end up taking away the excitement of seeing them duel in the finals again. On another note, it's a shame that TR2, Big Nipper and Gabriel have been left out this time round, but Supernova looks menacing and the 'egg beater' of Hobgoblin sounds interesting. Based on the footage available on the website homepage right now, I'd also say that my impressions of Aftershock have skyrocketed even more now... VulcansHowl 20:48, February 27, 2017 (UTC)
I believe it to be great news that Carbide and Apollo are in the same heat, I don't need them both to win heats again. Plus that's one of the two heats I didn't see live, so a spoiler-free Grand Final rematch will be great fun. Let's not forget that while two major all-stars are packed in there, it's also got six newcomers, at least two of which will make Round 2. TOAST 21:12, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Is it time to add everyone and the images?[edit source]

Self-explanatory heading. Should we begin adding the new images of the competitors, both old and new? Raz3r(talk) 17:21, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Failed to Qualify List[edit source]

So I am guessing this means we can reveal the robots that weren't as lucky and did not get accepted for the show. I am just making sure. 321Annihilate (talk) 17:23, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Yes this is fine, for the most part. It might be good to hear official statements from TR2 and Big Nipper (and Gabriel?), and I do have articles written off-line for most of the brand new F2Q robots, but go nuts on robots like Bonk, TAN etc. TOAST 21:09, February 27, 2017 (UTC)

Another Trailer[edit source]

The latest Series 9 trailer has surfaced on the BBC website. Destruction and wild moments aplenty, but be aware that there are LOADS of potential spoilers in the last 30 seconds. VulcansHowl 18:27, February 28, 2017 (UTC)

From what was shown, PP3D appears to be against Behemoth, Cherub and Push to Exit but I'm not sure if they are two separate battles or the same battle. Only people at the event can confirm. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 18:58, February 28, 2017 (UTC)
A close look at the page for episode 1 reveals a new director: Tim Van Someren. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 19:00, February 28, 2017 (UTC)

Something to note[edit source]

When I was going over the list of competitors, something came to my attention that I feel would make a very good trivia point. Of all the returning teams, not one of them made their UK championship debut in Series 3 (and if you want to say that Ironside3/MeggaMouse count, then surprise, because that means that there are no teams that made their debut in Series 4 either). This is the first time such a thing has happened - every other series, including Series 8, has had at least one returning team that started from each of the previous series. It's certainly worth noting, but I have no idea how best to word it. CrashBash (talk) 22:18, February 28, 2017 (UTC)

Good catch! Add something along the lines of:
  • No competing teams in Series 9 made their debut in Series 3
    • If Team Outlaw are considered Series 3 debutants, then none of Series 9's competing teams debuted in Series 4.
TOAST 22:28, February 28, 2017 (UTC)
Added a little something to that, but otherwise that'll do nicely. Thanks. CrashBash (talk) 22:45, February 28, 2017 (UTC)

Heat A trailers[edit source]

Jellyfish Trailer: + Crank-E (poor Crank-E...) Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 16:07, March 2, 2017 (UTC)

Write-up[edit source]

With Episode 1 airing tomorrow, we need to get sorted who is doing what to avoid edit conflicts and multiple people doing the same work. I am happy to once again do the battle summaries on the Episode pages, and I will upload the relevant screenshots as I go along. I will be watching Top Gear straight afterwards, so it'll happen a few hours after the episode. Once I've finished writing it up, fell free to read through and fix or rewrite sections, but let me get the bulk out. If you want to do other jobs, say here so we don't get interference or confusion. Jimlaad43(talk) 11:43, March 4, 2017 (UTC)

I would be happy to write the Robot Histories for Aftershock, Jellyfish and TMHWK. VulcansHowl 12:01, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Generally, I like to rewatch Robot Wars immediately after the episode has aired for the screenshots. If you're going to be watching Top Gear, I'd be happy to do that and reduce the workload for you later on. Raz3r(talk) 12:03, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Thanks everyone, sounds like we're gonna boss this episode. Normally it was my style to go through all the Round 1 losers first, but now we have a bigger base of contributors, and being the flipper aficionado, I think I'll specifically reserve Rapid. Most likely I'll start off with a Round 1 loser first, if it turns out that Rapid makes it to Round 2. RAZ3R, your screenshots help, although I would encourage you to put iPlayer in HD while doing so. TOAST 12:08, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Will do :P Raz3r(talk) 12:11, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
I'll likely work on the competing robots template. CrashBash (talk) 12:22, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
I can do the menial task of doing categories :P Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 12:24, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Please do the screenshots then RAZ3R, but make sure you make me aware of the screenshots you took for each episode. Maybe just put them all on the Episode page, I can work my words around them. Jimlaad43(talk) 12:26, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
I'll write the battle history for Rapid. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 12:28, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Toast has already called dibs on Rapid, CK.
I will be going dark until such time as broadcast can be mad enough available in Australia. All work will likely be done by that time. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 12:34, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Thought I had already reserved them, ah well. Crank-E for me then. Anyone mind if I do Sabretooth? CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 12:42, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
And this is the disadvantage of being busy on a Saturday morning - missing out on most of this! I'll cover Nuts 2's article if that's okay. I can also do Sabretooth and help write up the battle summaries for the episode page, but only if CaliforniaKingsnake doesn't end up wanting to do Sabretooth himself and only if Jimlaad ends up needing some assistance. Nweston8 (talk) 13:43, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
I'm fine with us working together on Sabretooth (ie. you deal with images and I deal with the battle(s). Also I think Terrorhurtz is unassigned too. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 13:49, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
In that case, I'll cover Nuts 2 and Terrorhurtz then. I can also give you help if you need it - just say so; but I'm sure you'll do a great job of Sabretooth's page. Nweston8 (talk) 14:33, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
Similar to when I was updaing the Battle of the Stars articles, I will be working on Judges' decisions, errors, OotAs, categories and all of the other smaller tasks, since college work is taking up a significant proportion of my time at the moment. SpaceManiac888 (Talk) 13:45, March 4, 2017 (UTC)

So let's get this straight:

  • Aftershock - VulcansHowl
  • Terrorhurtz - Nweston8
  • Rapid - ToastUltimatum
  • Jellyfish - VulcansHowl
  • Nuts 2 - Nweston8
  • Crank-E - CaliforniaKingsnake
  • Sabretooth - CaliforniaKingsnake
  • TMHWK - VulcansHowl
  • Episode 1 - Jimlaad43
  • Screenshots - RAZ3R
  • Misc - CrashBash, Diotoir, SpaceManiac888

That's the current working roster then. Nick, when will you become available to start these? I can't quite tell what you meant by busy on Saturday mornings. Also CaliforniaKingsnake, if Sabretooth or Crank-E make it to the second round, that might create a fairly large workload when I'd quite like to tackle a Round 1 loser before Rapid, so would you mind if I claimed whoever loses out of those two (assuming both don't lose)? TOAST 18:09, March 4, 2017 (UTC)

Seems good to me. Tbh I feel Crank-E will do so. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 19:58, March 4, 2017 (UTC)
By that, I meant that I was annoyed I was busy this morning and as a result was late to get onto the Wiki to say what I would've liked to cover, haha. I'll be able to start to cover my relevant articles from around 11pm tomorrow. Nweston8 (talk) 19:40, March 4, 2017 (UTC)

I'll go around any other pages updating things like "due to be broadcast in 2017" to "which was broadcast in 2017" or whatever is appropriate for the context. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 08:49, March 5, 2017 (UTC)

I'm sorry for adding stuff for Episode 1, I never knew there was a discussion, I just assumed we could edit when we had time/ --Timothy Sillery (talk) 14:57, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Oops... didn't realise there was a rota. I put the results for episode 3 up. Adster1005 (talk) 21:23, March 19, 2017 (UTC)

Series 10 applications now open, featuring Feather weights[edit source] Applications close 20th of April. Provisional filming dates May 11th-17th. From updated application form on RW website. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 16:26, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Excellent to see a third revamped Series being on the cards already. The length of time is much better too. Raz3r(talk) 16:37, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
Interesting that they're now accepting featherweights as well as heavyweights. Could a new Featherweight Championship be on the cards to run alongside the main Series 10?
Anyway, glad to see that Mentorn are already committed to a third series less than a day after the first episode of Series 9 has been broadcast. Hopefully some of the robots that didn't make the cut for Series 8-9 will finally get their chance to compete alongside the established - and soon to be established - faces of the new era. Some of the entries that were rejected/unfinished looked very interesting. VulcansHowl 16:41, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
How coincidental that the day I design a spinner I plan to build for the show at some point they announce applications open. (Btw I will be uploading pics of Viperactive on DA) CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 16:48, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
Wow, good luck! Hope you get your robot out in time! Raz3r(talk) 16:53, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
Oh I'm almost positive I won't. Right now Viper's just a sketch. But perhaps in the future she may be seen to strike fear. CaliforniaKingsnake (talk) 17:09, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Ah, looks like Series 10 will come too soon for any potential entry from me. Series 11? We shall see... Combatwombat555 (talk) 16:54, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Dara is on The One Show tonight at 7pm on BBC One talking about Robot Wars, we might get some more details. Speaking of which, do we have enough to create a Robot Wars: Series 10 article now? We have application opening and closing dates, provisional filming dates and confirmation they will continue to use Glasgow, etc. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 17:18, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

I don't see a problem with making an article, even if for whatever reason it gets cancelled we can still discuss it.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 17:36, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

I must admit disappointment that it's happening so quickly. I was also planning on trying to build a robot for a future series, but starting in May and over the summer after my exams had finished and before graduating. One can only hope for a Series 11 then. Jimlaad43(talk) 18:34, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

I'm all for the addition of featherweights, since that is probably the UK's other major weight class. It makes me wonder how exactly they'll do it, as a side event, or perhaps its own little episode(s)...CrashBash (talk) 18:37, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
I'm hoping that series 11 has beetleweights and antweights. If at least for hilarious commentary from Jonathan Pearce. --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 18:40, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

I think they might be milking it now... Vampireweekend4ever (talk) 19:59, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Despite this awesome news today, that rating of 1.2m is still worrying me a lot. I just hope it can get a consistently solid enough 1.5m viewers approx for most of the series, but I worry it could drop further next week. If things continue that way, then you never know, Series 10 could even have the plug pulled on it - maybe they've just announced the opening of entries now because their contract with the warehouse is ending after the pre-planned filming dates of the next series, so today's news could easily be more of a "oh, we have this agreement until the end of May, so if Robot Wars is to have another series we have to announce it now, just so we give people enough time to submit their robots". I'm probably just being overly negative, but I don't rule anything out with TV, and the BBC would not have been happy with that rating for Episode 1. Let's just hope it can climb a bit with the repeat and iPlayer views etc. Nweston8 (talk) 02:52, March 7, 2017 (UTC)

A quick check on iPlayer this morning confirms that Episode 1 is currently the 20th most popular programme on the service. VulcansHowl 08:18, March 7, 2017 (UTC)

One Show - Potentially huge spoiler[edit source]

Unfortunately, I think I just got spoilt on two Grand Finalists by an image on The One Show. If you wish to avoid this, don't watch it, even with Dara on. Raz3r(talk) 19:09, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Just watched the segment on The One Show. Massive spoilers for Episode 2 and the Grand Final, but Dara's account of one of the battles sounds very frightening indeed. VulcansHowl 19:17, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
Just as well I don't watch The One Show. Well, I did last year when the reboot was being featured, but that was it. CrashBash (talk) 19:49, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
I don't usually watch it either. I didn't even watch the whole segment, I saw like 2 minutes of it and I picked the worst possible time to enter the room. Could have been easily avoided. :/ Raz3r(talk) 21:56, March 6, 2017 (UTC)

Whiteboard matches[edit source]

Are we going to have a page on whiteboard matches, much like series 8? --WolfwingandSlaveLeia (talk) 09:31, March 21, 2017 (UTC)

I have 1 to add, but I'm waiting for the Grand Final to air first. Jimlaad43(talk) 09:37, March 21, 2017 (UTC)

Please fix[edit source]

The IP talking about golf hasn't inadvertently removed all "Series 9" from the page meaning the episodes link to the generic "heat A" articles instead. Not in my computer - someone please fix. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 21:44, April 3, 2017 (UTC)

How to Build a Robot[edit source]

A few days ago, the official Facebook page began posting a series of five videos highlighting some of the show's regulations and pieces of safety equipment required by competing robots. The series is titled How to Build a Robot, and each video in the series covers the following subjects:

Terrorhurtz makes appearances in every video except the last, as the robot demonstrating most of the rules and equipment being discussed.

As far as I'm aware, this is the first time that I've seen a piece of Robot Wars media directly focusing on the series rules, and I would consider it worthy of an article in a similar vein to Robot Wars Revealed. Would anyone else support the addition of an article for How to Build a Robot? VulcansHowl 16:30, April 10, 2017 (UTC)

I'd be happy to see that, are you volunteering to write one? TOAST 18:03, April 10, 2017 (UTC)
Indeed I am. I've already prepared a preliminary draft offline. VulcansHowl 18:04, April 10, 2017 (UTC)
Solid idea :thumbsup: Jimlaad43(talk) 18:05, April 10, 2017 (UTC)

Behind the scenes article[edit source]

Here's a Behind the scenes article, it contains two images one of Concussion after the Carbide Ironside melee and the other is Sir Killalot holding what I think is Ironside. The article may not have much but even still it's an alright read: Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 14:27, June 9, 2017 (UTC)

Who'd get the awards[edit source]

Me and Nononsense have compiled who we think would get the awards they used to give out in the old series, I'll list them below.

  • Best Newcomer: Concussion
  • Best Design: Aftershock
  • Best Engineered: Carbide (would've been Rapid but its complex engineering proved its downfall)
  • Sportsmanship: Nuts 2
  • Most Original Entry: Hobgoblin (for being the first UK HW egg-beater spinner)

What are peoples thoughts on the list? Sam (BAZINGA) 23:33, July 8, 2017 (UTC)

Good idea for a post, but this should be on a forum or a blog. Toon Ganondorf (t c) 01:08, July 9, 2017 (UTC)

Scottish BAFTA nomination[edit source] Not quite sure what page this should be put on, but nice to see the new series getting recognised. --Voyanuitoa (talk) 13:40, October 4, 2017 (UTC)

Request:Images from DVD[edit source]

A small request, could anyone who owns the DVD for Series 9,10 and BotS please get some HD images for replacement battle images as the current Series 9 and BotS (S10 doesn't have much of a problem) images are not the best in quality and all the images have the BBC logo which can be quite distracting. I would do this myself but I don't have the DVD yet.Diotoir the son of nemesis (talk) 12:54, December 23, 2017 (UTC)

I do own the DVD but I can't say this is one of my biggest priorities, looking at the other jobs I have lined up. Hopefully you can pick up the DVD for Christmas because it was a nice surprise when you cleaned up the Series 8 images. TOAST 23:18, December 23, 2017 (UTC)
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