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"From the Twn Trwn team from the last wars, 10 people built it, mechanically operated forklift, the wheels from a go-kart. The Creature from the pit ... well from Rhyl, and "Rhyl-ly" gruesome. Really gruesome, really."
— Jonathan Pearce

The Creature was a competitor in Series 4 of Robot Wars. Much like its predecessor Twn Trwn, The Creature was notable for its elaborate exterior decorations. Whilst it progressed to Round 2, it was easily defeated by Gemini and became the third robot to be thrown out of the arena.

Design[]

The Creature in the arena

With its elaborate artwork removed, the robot was a dome-shaped robot with two go-kart wheels on either side. Its primary weapon was an aluminium forklift tusks, somewhat similar to those used by Matilda, powered by an electronic ram. Internally, The Creature was powered by two 24V electric wheelchair motors.

"...and that, believe it or not, is a wheelchair! All of the main parts are made from one wheelchair, taken apart, mangled and thrown back together, with lots of blood and gore involved!"
— Julia Reed on The Creature

The Creature in the Robot Wars Magazine

The Creature took three and a half months to build, at a cost of £300. The exterior was made from polystyrene, clay, and fibreglass. The elaborate design took less than three hours to sculpt.

Etymology[]

The Creature was named and designed after the eponymous monster from the horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon, as confirmed by the team in one of their heat interviews.

The Team[]

Team Monster in the pits with The Creature, with its shell off

The Creature was entered into Series 4 by Team Monster, a family team of three generations from Rhyl in North Wales. Grandfather David Harmsworth captained the team, and was joined by his son Mark and granddaughter Elanor. The team represented Rhyl High School. Team Monster had previously competed in Series 3 with Twn Trwn. According to The Creature's statistics board, ten people were involved in the robot's build process.

Robot History[]

Series 4[]

Julia Reed: "How grotesque is that?! This is The Creature, which is giving me nightmares! What about you?"
Elanor Harmsworth: "It didn't give me nightmares, because I hide from it!"
Julia Reed: "Smart lady!"
— Pre-battle interview

In its first-round battle, The Creature was drawn against two returning Heat Finalists from Series 3, Inverterbrat and the 24th seed Berserk 2.

Inverterbrat becomes pinned off the ground by its own flipper, which malfunctioned when trying to flip The Creature

The Creature is lifted up by Berserk 2

Inverterbrat launched the first attack and flipped The Creature up, but a second attempt caused Inverterbrat to land on its own lifter and pinned its wheels off the ground. The Creature was able to avoid further pressure from Inverterbrat, but Berserk 2's lifter made further unsuccessful attempts to topple it. With Inverterbrat no longer mobile, The Creature made it through to Round 2.

This fight was against 8th seeds Gemini, the first clusterbot in Robot Wars.

"The Creature goes naked! Sheds its skin!"
— Jonathan Pearce, as The Creatures skin falls off when flipped

The Creature is flipped by Gemini

The Creature is flipped out of the arena

The clusterbot split up and flipped The Creature. This then caused its paper mache shell to fall off, but the robot bounced back onto its wheels. Both halves of Gemini flipped The Creature against the arena wall, and each both put its flipper beneath The Creature's wheel, flipping simultaneously and throwing The Creature out of the arena.

"Little Elanor from St Bridgets school, loves her Harry Potter books, would love a fantastic, magical ending to this, but I don't think it's going to happen! David Harnsworth, her grandad loves singing opera, well it's never all over until the fat lady sings, and the fat Creature is singing now!"
— Jonathan Pearce, as The Creature goes out

At the end of the series, The Creature was nominated for the Best Design Award, but lost out to Gemini, the robot that defeated it in combat.

Results[]

THE CREATURE - RESULTS
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat Semi-Final
Heat F, Eliminator vs. Berserk 2 (24), Inverterbrat Qualified
Heat F, Semi-Final vs. Gemini (8) Lost

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[]

The Creature with half of the artwork removed

Series The Creature Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Entered with Twn Trwn
The Fourth Wars Heat, Round 2
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
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

Outside Robot Wars[]

Some members of the team appeared in the 2001 series of Techno Games. For more information see here.

Trivia[]

The feature from Robot Wars Magazine on the building of The Creature

  • The building of The Creature was shown in a two-page spread in Issue 14 of the original Robot Wars Magazine.
  • The original concept for The Creature was a dragon with a fantasy warrior on top, but due to time and money constraints, the team decided against this idea.
  • The Creature is one of three robots to lose both a battle and an award to the same robot in the same series. The other two are Bigger Brother losing Best Design to Razer in The Fifth Wars, and The Big Cheese losing Best Engineered to Chaos 2 in The Third Wars.
    • Of those three, The Creature was the only one to be from a team not to reach the semi-finals of a domestic championship.

Honours[]

Nominations

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