This is my own dedicated fan-page for my reviews on champions and All-Star robots. Some are so great that they earned a tribute music video to be made for them as well.
|13 Black||I find it quite sad a lot of people called this a Hypno-Disc rip-off. The double-discs made it look a real threat in the arena and whenever it was flipped over, I used to laugh a lot when the discs caused it to "crab-walk" around the arena. It showed to my view that in order to make your robot invertible, you didn't always have to have a robot with a low-profile chassis. Very enjoyable to watch in the arena and one thing I'm glad about is that although it's retired, I still see it occasionally on display at the live events in the UK.|
|3 Stegs to Heaven||This robot was one of the first robots I knew as I loved dinosaurs back in my early days of being a fan of Robot Wars. I was particularly impressed with Team Jurassic Park's performance in Series 3 where they got through to the grand-final with Steg-O-Saw-Us where they showed they really could take a beating from Hypno-Disc and when they got through to the Semi-Finals of Series 4 with Steg 2. 3 Stegs to Heaven, may not have been as successful as its predecessors, but one of its two defeats were in an All-Stars tournament to a future champion Tornado while the other in its Heat final in Series 5 was to Bigger Brother who became runner-up. Team Jurassic Park had no disgrace to lose their battles and I loved their robots as they were dinosaur themed.|
|Apollo||A living legend, the champion of the rebooted series of Robot Wars under the guise of an improved version of Kronic the Wedgehog has done very well in the 12 year hiatus of Robot Wars so deserves a mention here. Did very well to reach the finals by flipping out Storm 2, was definitely the Gravity of 2016 as it looked awesome and very powerful. Team MAD have also fought on the live circuit with this robot under the name of Kronic as mentioned above which has won the 2005 UK Championships and twice won the Annihilator Championships. The team also looked great fun as they labelled themselves the "Boyband of Robot Wars!"|
|Behemoth||The one robot that Robot Wars fans have had a lot of faith in throughout its competitive years in Robot Wars. I always thought it looked very promising with its flipping scoop supplemented by the axe as its weaponry combined with a very fast, powerful six-wheel drive. It also looked very difficult to beat. Despite this, Behemoth I always thought was always plagued by bad luck which was a real shame. There would be tournaments that looked like they'd be set up to win only for them to end up in the pit or get stuck in forward gear or break down. I remember how gutted I was after seeing it break down in the first round of the University Challenge where it looked like it was set to win it. Luckilly, Behemoth is still fighting today and does not suffer from the same luck it had on the TV show. It's finished 3rd in the UK Championships in 2005, won the Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2006 and done well since then. I have also had the pleasure of fighting it with Storm Force at a Robot Wars Live event in Widnes 2013 which was a good feeling! Was also impressed seeing it's performance in the 2016 series where it got through to its heat final losing to Carbide, but it is still in contention for a Wild Card placing. So who knows? Maybe Behemoth will get picked to be the Wild Card and get they're luck changed?
Link to tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1IeHflpj64
|Bigger Brother||The "Nightmare in Metal" was always very respected by me. Bigger Brother was a flipping great competitor and the kids behind the robot Joe and Ellie were very lovable, they were respected by the fans and also by the roboteering community and still are to this day. I personally think Bigger Brothers best series was without a doubt Series 5 where on their way to finishing as runner-up, they ended Chaos 2s title as British champion sensationally and also won their battle in the Grand-Final against Hypno-Disc where despite getting completely thrashed, they were still functional showing everyone that they were the classic example of a robot that can take a lot of punishment before becoming immobilised. Bigger Brother still continues to fight to this day, I have seen it once before at one of Robots Lives annual events in Edinburgh. For also being an old competitor, I was really impressed with its performance in an All-Stars special battle at Robots Lives event in Burgess-Hill against Behemoth, Dantomkia & Tornado (Link here to fight> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmCMEQ3HRWc).
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5evEKkJATY
|Bulldog Breed||I loved this robot because not only did it have a "dog theme" to it when I also liked dogs in addition to dinosaurs back then, but I loved it for its toughness along with its very powerful flipper. It managed to do what not even Dantomkia, Chaos 2 or M2 could do and that was throw Pussycat out of the arena. I liked the inspiration for this robot which Tony Somerfield stated was from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier - "Tough, Hard hitting, and will fight till it drops" which I thought was fitting as Bulldog Breed was from Staffordshire and I couldn't of said it better myself. I enjoyed a lot of its fights but it was a shame to see it thrashed by X-Terminator in Series 7 as I think if it were able to enter the All-Stars Championship at the end of the series, it would do very well or even potentially win. I've seen Bulldog Breed once before at Roaming Robots in Guildford 2012 which was brilliant, its under new ownership now where the new driver hasn't got to testing it alot, but when he eventually does get all the practice he needs, watch out!|
|Carbide||The Hypno-Disc of 2016, that's all I can describe this creation for the 2016 Series. I remember seeing it at the recording of the series as well as seeing it on TV and all I can say is I was really impressed how it managed to the Grand-Final and looks a real potent force to be reckoned with. Competitors like Nuts & The General all came out in bin bags at the end of their fights with this monster so there is also no wonder the team rated their chances of winning 10/10, even though they finished as runner-up which was good enough. Sam Smith also fought previously with Tiberius while Dave Moulds fought with the team that drives Turbulence at the time when it won the Fighting Robots UK Championships 2006 outside of Robot Wars, so clearly a good team choice.|
|Chaos 2||A flipping fantastic competitor, that's all I can describe George Francis creation. The first robot to successfully defend its title twice in a row, and I also love how it became the first to throw another robot out of the arena. This tactic then became used by a lot of flipper robots that thought in Robot Wars and a wide variety of the live events that happen in the UK today. Although a lot of people feared it, I think its battles in Extreme 1 against Tornado showed provided a clue as to what the next two wars would be like for it, as a lot of the robot weights had moved up to 100kg at that time and Chaos 2 had remained untouched. I thought Extreme 2 was sad to watch for it as it was like putting the final nail in the coffin for it. But its good times and moments of pride will remain in our hearts forever as long as we remember it.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POVQFUE5XRQ.
|Dantomkia||A robot I have always respected since it burst into the Robot Combat scene in its heat in Robot Wars Series 6 for the first time in true style. The robot really meant business with its slick looks, black & yellow paintjob, fast & powerful drive and all the ferocity behind its full-bottle pressure flipper. I loved the idea of Team Captain Mike Lambert naming the robot after his three children Daniel, Thomas & Kiara. I was particularly impressed when I saw its performance during its career on the TV show as it became the first and only robot to send fellow all-star robots Chaos 2, Hypno-Disc, Behemoth, King B Powerworks & Panic Attack out of the arena. Meaning it definitely deserved to win Best Promising Newcomer Award in Series 6. The only thing I dislike about Dantomkia is that a lot of its defeats were down to its power-link falling out and its even suffered from this in the live events today occasionally. But still today, Dantomkia is considered a favorite among fans at live events. It's done reasonably well outside Robot Wars winning the Annihilator Competition in 2006 and finishing 4th in the UK Championships in 2007. I even drove it in a qualifier battle in the UK Championships 2010 and its great to drive. I was also impressed with its performance in the 2016 series how it got to it's heat final for a robot which has been unchanged in design for the last 15 years.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WSQwtHpV30
|Diotoir||I can only describe the Irish robot as being very funny with various success. The team were always very helpful and willing to lend a hand to anyone in doubt, their best example I thought was in the International League after the Third Wars where Terror Australis had broken down, so the team lent them their old robot Nemesis. It's no wonder the team have won the Best Sportsmanship Award three times. The team were always great fun in doing jokes like tying Craig Charles son Jack to a table leg and also having their robot set up to be burnt more than twice by choosing fur as their armour. Everytime the robot went up in flames it always made the fight look entertaining, it was even made sure a lot of the times before Diotoir fought that Sgt Bash was one of the participating house robots! Despite this, I loved its success on Robot Wars where it won the Tag Team Championships with Pussycat in Extreme 1, reaching the semi-finals of the The First World Championship and the final of the Celebrity Special. I also laughed hysterically when it beat Tornado in Series 5 as well!|
|Dominator 2||The first bi-wedge designed robot has never dissapointed at all. Its axe is very powerful and I also think is the most powerful picaxe that's been seen on Robot Wars. From what I remember from its fights on Robot Wars, it always seemed to actually damage its opponents when it came in close enough and it had a really nice choice of armour. Its performance was brilliant in Robot Wars as everytime it got to the Semi-Finals of the UK Championships, it always got to the second round of the semi-finals. Always a shame it never got any further as it quite possibly would have been a potential champion.|
|Firestorm||A fantastic robot running on two go-kart wheels making it fast and maneuverable combined with a very effective flipper. I was always thought this robot had great achievements in winning the Commonwealth Carnage where it toppled Mr Psycho on the way to victory. Graham and Hazel were both really nice people respected by the community. Even though they reached the Grand-Final three times finishing 3rd on all three occasions, I did feel for them (Even if they were arch enemies of my favorite robot Panic Attack) as they never got their hands on the UK Championship title but at least they always got a place on the podium. I liked Firestorms colour scheme and main tactic it used with its flipper and that was to flip a robot against the wall so it was unable to self-right.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_8O2fLIF8I
|Gabriel||A great robot from 2016 which never made it into the finals was in contentions for a Wild Card placing after its performance, Gabriel is one of the most uniquely-designed axle-bots I've seen! Not only is it designed to be invertible, but the team say it's called that as they say they want to be viewed as the good guy as opposed to the bad guy. Gabriels secret behind its performance is that it has a small and wide swinging body with two large wheels giving it a large ground clearance which makes it difficult to push or for a flipper to flip it as noticed in the live events as well. It is also designed in a way so that trying to get it out the arena would be like trying to get a fat person on top of a horse! Team Gabriel have also fought in the live events with other robots like Saint & Cherub which have both done reasonably well too. Although Gabriel is a Wild Card for 2016 so far, I still think its considered a dark horse.|
|Gemini||I will never forget the first time I saw this robot fighting as it was the first ever cluster-bot that had ever fought on Robot Wars. When the twin robots worked well, they did very well ganging up on their opponents showing the true advantage of a clusterbot, however the only thing I thought could have been better would be the absence of a wheelie bar on each cluster bot as they pretty much caused their losses in Robot Wars Extreme 1 and Series 5. I also liked the performances of the teams other robot Mace where it reached the semi finals of Series 2 and Series 3. Gemini is always a robot I won't forget and I remember me and a lot of my friends at primary school when designing robots during golden time, a lot of designs would be cluster bots, the inspiration would be from Gemini.|
|Hypno-Disc||If there's any robot I won't forget when I first saw it perform, it has to be Hypno-Disc. "Spin to Win" was always the motto from the Rose family from Oxfordshire. Hypno-Disc always made a fight look good, even the ones where it lost like when it was pitted by an already-mangled Bigger Brother or when it was immobilised by Pussycat. But everyone loved it when the devastation of its weaponry was at its very best for example when it tore robots to pieces like Splinter, Robogeddon, Stealth. My personal favourite battle of Hypno-Disc had to be its battle in the 5th wars against Atomic where despite being flipped it righted itself, ripped off Atomics flipper and the rest was history. Unfortunately, despite its destructive performance in Robot Wars, Hypno-Disc never got its hands on a title and I thought it was a shame especially when there were battles where it was on top to begin with and then it would go pear-shaped in the end, ah well. But there's always good times to think about and I believe Hypno-Disc is one of the best robots to not win a battle. Click the link to see a tribute> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SCj1cYtOw|
|Kat 3||Another animal-themed robot, Kat 3 is another good axe competitor from Robot Wars. The team are all great fun too sporting costumes and have also been helpful to other teams in the past. Team members Georje Reed & Julie-Ann Williams have shown that action is not just for the boys, especially in the Iron Maidens tournament in Robot Wars Extreme 2 when they replaced driver Keith Williams with Hazel Heslop from Team Firestorm. Kat 3 has done reasonably well in Robot Wars, a lot better than its predecessor Kater Killer, the team were also involved in a massive rebellion in the All-Stars Competition in Series 7 where they ganged up along with Firestorm, Bigger Brother & Panic Attack on Shunt & Cassius Chrome to give them days to remember!|
|King B Remix||This little bruiser really showed that it meant business. I remember it being really fast and hard hitting and in addition to that it had two nasty weapons. Front lifting spikes for ramming/flipping/lifting and a spinning rear cutter as well showing it could attack in any direction. I remember the infamous rivalry it had with 101 which was always quite weird, one moment they would be good friends making them partners in Tag-Team competitions, the next moment they turned on each other! Other than the fact it would often go crazily out of control at times, I think I would be proud if I were the owner of this robot as it looks good and has proved its good too! It did well in the 2016 series even if it didn't score points in the second round, it showed it can still stand its ground against the more upgraded competitors.|
|Panic Attack||My one true favorite from Robot Wars when it performed, which wasn't only because of its looks, but always had a really competent driver in Kim Davies. In addition to having a powerful lifter and a strong and powerful drive, It was Kim Davies driving that took Panic Attacks hands to the title of Series 2 and also the Semi-Finals and the next three series. Which I think shows what is key to having a good robot as Panic Attack managed to take out some very destructive opposition in its time on the show. Although Panic Attack was my favorite, I didn't like 24k which was on Series 6 that was mullered by Terrorhurtz and it was a shame that Kim Davies left the team in Series 7 to take on a job as a Technical assistant. I'm not saying Kevin Pritchard was a bad driver, all I'm saying is the outcome of its battle with Tough As Nails could have been a lot different. Panic Attack has had one fight on the live circuit against Behemoth in an All-Stars special battle at Swansea where it unfortunately was struggling to Self-Right due to the batteries being uncared for for many years which was quite sad to watch but I still think Panic Attack who was once a champion, always will be a champion!|
|Pulsar||This robot looked really potent in every battle it has competed in during the 2016. The team were very lucky to get through to the finals after they were given another chance due to Chompalot retiring from the game. Ellis Ware has also competed in live events with featherweight spinners which have done well.|
|Pussycat||Pussycat couldn't have had an even better name for it as it was designed to be really agile, to always land on its feet and to have a blade as sharp as your pet cats claws and teeth. The current All-Star champion is from one of the longest going team to have fought through Robot Wars under the name of Team Cold Fusion as they had thought previously with Bodyhammer in Series 1-2 and then Pussycat from Series 3-7. I have to say it was a shame about David Gribble as he was one of the best drivers known in Robot Wars as it was his driving that had got him to the Grand-Final of Series 4 where on their way, they caused upsets in beating Hypno-Disc and Razer. Stuart Barnwell was a good driver too as he managed to immobilise Dantomkia on his way to helping Pussycat claim the All-Stars title in the Special Competition held at the end of the series. I am friends with Stuart Barnwell too as I see him often at the live events, I've seen Pussycat in the flesh only once and that was when it was on display with Dantomkia, Stinger, Mighty Mouse, 13 Black & Plunderbird 2 & 4 at the UK Championships 2011 at the O2 Arena.|
|Razer||A truly awesome machine that seemed to win almost every tournament it's participated in. Ian Lewis robot described as being "Part bird, Part Reptile" is very beautifully made and the pincer seems to be the best vertical one I have ever seen. I'll never forget the first time I saw it on TV where in the final of the Southern Annihilator, it absolutely annihilated Matilda and not also forgetting its victories of the First and Second World Championships, First two All-Star Championships & UK Series 5. I always thought the team seemed to enjoy their rivalries with Pussycat & Tornado after Pussycat wore bits from Razer after their first defeat and then Tornado beat Razer in the final of Series 6 by putting the anti-crusher web around it, but it does show you can't win everything I suppose. Razer doesn't fight anymore but it does occasionally come out and do crushing demos on household appliances, I saw it do this at the UK Featherweight Championships 2009 at Newcastle. Seeing Razer in real life is amazing and Ian Lewis is a really nice guy and very sharing in knowledge. In the 2016 series, I was absaloutely shocked to see it go out of the first round after getting dragged down the pit by Kill-E-Crank-E where I thought it would do better than that.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-Xa-vyhWxg
|Roadblock||Every champion deserves a mention in my list of reviews on All-Star robots, especially ones that have never fought in an All-Stars tournament and especially the first UK Champion. Roadblock was a good average robot from the very first series of Robot Wars by students from Cornwall. They did very well on it and the name choice suited it seeing as it was made of a lot of road signs, The rear circular saw was always awesome in operation against other robots and it always put its wedge to good use for flipping robots over.|
|S3||The machine that looks like a Hammerhead Sharks head was always a destructive robot to look out for. The vertical disc has not only torn chunks of metal off other robots, but has also thrown them over as well. S3 is a very good looking robot too in terms of design but it was vulnerable to flippers as it found out in battles against Bigger Brother & Firestorm, was voted the Most Original Entry award in Robot Wars Series 5. The 1 Law Associates have also entered Robot Wars before with Sting and Sting 2.|
|S.M.I.D.S.Y.||S.M.I.D.S.Y. I think deserves a mention in the All-Stars list due to it being offered a chance to fight in the All-Stars competition at the end of the seventh wars. I really loved its combination of a lifter and a spinner as it was really effective against a lot of competitor robots. The robot was originally built by 3 separate people over the internet and I love how they managed to come up with something as good as S.M.I.D.S.Y.. The name S.M.I.D.S.Y. stood for "Sorry, Mate, I, Didn't See You" which I liked as its the most common refrain heard from a motorcyclist after a car has hit him and it fitted really well as the team were motorcyclists themselves. It would also be fitting for another reason and that is that it's like the robot is saying it as well when it's caused damage to an opponent. I have seen S.M.I.D.S.Y. a few times at the live events and since it was sold by Team IXION, it has had a lot of owners. It is currently just a weaponless box as discs are banned in the majority of heavyweight events.|
|Shockwave||Another great finalist from 2016 and was also one that lived up to its name when it managed to cause a shock in the competition in beating Thor in its heat final which gained it access into the finals after Thor had beaten it previously. Shockwave has a very cool lifter that can turn itself over as well as control the opposition. Will Thomas is also a great guy as I've met him at events and him and his team also have done excellently in the Live event circuit with the teams other two robots, Manta & Maelstrom.|
|Spawn Again||Despite this robots tendencies to break down a lot, Spawn Again was considered a favorite of mine as it looked good with a black and yellow colour scheme, powerful 4 wheel drive and a powerful 1m long flipper capable of throwing another robot out of the arena. Series 5, Spawn Again burst into the scene by immobilising Hydra and throwing out Evolution in a quick battle. Series 6 I think was the worst year for it as a lot of their victories were down to luck, their loss in Series 7 was due to the flipper being put at the wrong setting. I also liked the teams other robots Scutter's Revenge (Series 3) & Spawn of Scutter (Series 4), which all reached the semi-finals of their respected series like Spawn Again.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-L8qaJ8KiI
|Stinger||One of the robots you could describe as a slippery customer, Stinger is so hard to get a hold of! Stinger sports a heavy bludgeoning spike that strikes with the same force as a 5kg bowling ball being dropped from a height. I also love how well built it is so that all the motors, electrics & batteries fit inside the domed wheels. I love how well Stinger did in Robot Wars as it lost in round one in Series 3 and then got to the Grand-Final the next series after making it highly respected from then on. Stinger then got sold to Team Roaming Robots and has done well at the teams events. I have seen it only once when it was on display at the UK Championships 2011 at the O2 arena along with Dantomkia,13 Black, Pussycat, Mighty Mouse & Plunderbird 2 & 4.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI_ydT0tAyk
|Storm 2||Although this robot never appeared in the All-Stars Competitions in Robot Wars, I also believe it deserves a mention for winning the 3rd World Championships held at the end of Series 7. I loved this robot as it was really fast at 25mph, was small and tough combined with an effective lifter. I thought it was a bit of a shame that the producers tried to rule it out of Robot Wars Series 7 for not using the so-called "active weapon" rule, as they raised the pit up after pushing Tornado onto it when it descended. It was also involved in the most controversial judges decision in the 7th wars in the final when it only lost due to a panel having been removed from the front by Typhoon 2. Ah well, at least they managed to redeem themselves by winning the World Championships that followed. I have seen Storm a lot of times before in the flesh at the live events, I remember the first time I saw it fighting was in a battle in a Roaming Robots event in Edinburgh 2004 against Kan-Opener & Merlin. I was just blown away seeing the power of it as it banged and slammed Kan-Opener all over the arena walls! As for the 2016 Series, when I watched them beat PP3D, I felt happy for them as PP3D was built by the same driver from Team Typhoon who won Series 7, so it was like it kind of gained vengeance in a way after its unfortunate loss in Series 7 final.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAdx8W3dPT8
|Terrorhurtz||Another robot which has been considered a favourite of mine and various other fans, Terrorhurtz has got one of the most frightening of axes that's performed on Robot Wars. The axe is so powerful it can hit you three times before you can say OUCH! It was was powerful it even made the robot jump in the air quite often, in fact, when it wins fights today, it does a victory dance involving a fire of the axe which makes it pirouette! The Axe also set the trend for axe and hammer robots in future wars too. Team Hurtz originally fought Killerhurtz which didn't have much success in Robot Wars despite doing well in Battlebots. Terrorhurtz has done well reaching the final of Series 6 of Robot Wars where it finished 4th and it has also won 2 UK Championships outside of Robot Wars in 2004 & 2008. I have seen Terrorhurtz many times before at events and it is quite a noisy machine when it hits various things in the arena! I was pleased for them in the 2016 series when they managed to gain vengeance against Razer in the first round after Kill-E-Crank-E pulled them into the pit, which was after the team lost to Razer in the Grand-Final in Series 6, but it was a shame their axe wasn't working in every fight in the mini-league stages, who knows what might have happened?
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia0ii6idSMk
|Thermidor 2||The robot with the lobster theme to it is also another robot that hasn't failed to impress during it career on the show. I remember I instantly took a liking to Thermidor 2 when I first saw it on TV as it looked like a robotic lobster (again because I like animals) that was really designed to fight the Robot Wars competitors. I love how in its heat final in Series 4 it managed to break off Kronic the Wedgehogs flipper by means of using only its own flipper. The one battle I'll not forget seeing for the first time on TV either was its Mayhem fight in Robot Wars Extreme 1 against Behemoth & Stinger where it got both robots out the arena. It was the first time more than one robot had been evicted from the arena in the same fight, so I'd imagine any roboteer would know what an achievement that is!|
|Thor||One robot which has come a long way in Robot Wars, I remember when the robot entered for the first time it was a bit of a novelty robot with the team behind it wearing viking helmets and blonde wigs but it got a lot more better as it improved. I felt it didn't do well though during its run from Series 6-7 but it was a frequent favourite at robot events that happened during the 12 year hiatus of Robot Wars. I remember seeing it for the first time at a Roaming Robots event in Edinburgh 2004 where before it went into its fight against Dantomkia, it did a demonstration on a cuddly toy pig and the noise it made in the sport centre when the hammer came down was sure loud and you could almost feel the ground shake! I have also had the honour of being on the Thor team during the time it was part of Team Bud which was sure fun. Me, Shane Swan and Jason Marston had great days together winning the Best Improved Robot 2009 award and Best Event 2009 Award, 4th place in the 2011 UK Championships and also a TV appearance on Epic Win where the robot tried to smash its way out a caravan! Jason has even said he has smashed his mother in laws caravan with his robot! I fought it was a shame for Thor to lose their heat final for the 2016 series after looking so good, almost the same luck Dominator 2 had in the Northern Annihilator in Series 4. But it was picked as a Wild Card for the finals where I was impressed by how much perseverance it had when it reached the mini-league stages despite getting torn apart by Carbide and sustaining further damage in the other battles.|
|Tornado||The first ever robot I can remember seeing that was invertible after I first saw it on TV when it fought Wheely Big Cheese in Series 4. Tornado was one of the most powerful machines I remember seeing on Robot Wars in terms of power as it simply had the force it needed to push its opponents around the arena. It was also the first robot I can remember having interchangeable weapons which I liked the idea of as well. A lot of its fights I remember it sporting either a spear, scoop, flail, spike, spinning drum, lifter, the most amazing one I remember though was the frame it used for fighting Razer where not only did it have a massive disc on the end, but it used the frame well so the jaw of Razer couldn't get to it. I was particularly impressed by its performance in the Challenge belt in Robot Wars Extreme where not only did it win after taking the belt off Behemoth, but it took part in 5 battles in one day without even breaking down, reclaimed it the following year as well and winning the UK Series 6. Although I was impressed with the performance of Tornado, I thought it was a bit of a shame to see it meeting its match in Storm 2 in the Seventh Wars as Storm 2 was too fast for it. I haven't seen Tornado in the flesh yet, but I've seen its still around and has done well in live events including Roaming Robots & Robots Live.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm0c8nOpBRQ
|TR2||The robot from Geordie land was very impressive when it competed in the 2016 series and did on its way to the final did well taking out 3 experienced teams in Dantomkia, King B Remix & Big Nipper. Has a very impressive flipper with a rear axe and actually looks like it can self-right despite having the axe running in tandem with the flipper which has prevented self-righting on robots like 8645T in the past. I have seen TR2 and the other teams robots fight on the live event circuit and they have done very well winning the Heavyweight and Featherweight UK Championships under team member Alex Brown who was the youngest driver on the event circuit. The team are really great friends of mine and are very nice people to be around with too.|
|Typhoon 2||A great robot from my own home country, Typhoon is one of the most destructive robots I have seen fighting on the show. The Edinburgh Air Cadets certainly did a good job of building this robot and also entering and winning other weight divisions with their Typhoon robots in the Lightweight and Middleweight categories. Believe it or not, the husband of my learning support teacher at my primary school was an engineer for BAE systems who helped the Edinburgh Air Cadets build the first Typhoon middleweight robot and other robots which meant she could keep the robots in her garage and sometimes show me behind the scenes pictures from its performances before my lessons. The one day I will never forget at school will definitely be the day when my learning support teacher brought the battered shells of Typhoon 2 (which still had the hole left in it by Kan-Opener) & Typhoon Cadet for me and my friends to see and it resulted in nearly everyone piling into the room to get a glimpse of a Robot Wars robot! Because of its connection with the school, me and my family would watch its battles all the way through Series 7 and I remember us celebrating in the living room as if we had won the lottery when the winner of Series 7 was announced after awaiting a scary judges decision, but I had to admit I felt equally gutted for Storm 2 as well. I remember meeting Peter Bennett from the Typhoon team at one of my Robots Live events in Edinburgh 2011 and Gary Cairns at an event in 2009 who has now gone his own way building robots like Swarm, Hive, and Hornet.|
|Wheely Big Cheese||A very awesome flipper, That is all I could describe Roger Plants creation that everybody talks about. I really love the design of Wheely Big Cheese as it's made of bullet-proof titanium, it was designed to run inverted and also throw its opponents sky high. I will never forget the first time I had seen its best ever fight which took place in the fifth wars against Axe-Awe where after receiving some blows from Axe-Awe, it got its cheesy snout under the red machine, flipped it so high and far from nearly about the centre of the arena, it just about went into orbit and I thought it was going to land in Africa! I've seen this robot in the flesh only once at one of my live events and that was at Wigan 2009 where it was on display. I don't know how Team Hydra have done so far with getting the Series 4 version up and running but I think the Series 5 version still runs under ownership of Team Xbots. It has been a shame about the arenas having low ceilings as Wheely Big Cheese hasn't been able to use its flipper in a long time, but we will always remember it for the star it was.
Link to Tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm0c8nOpBRQ
|Wild Thing||I liked Wild Thing back in Robot Wars for its fast speed and maneuverability and its combination of weapons it has had like a lifter and spinning disc, Wild Thing had also fought under the name Thing 2 in the 3rd wars which had also proved to be a bruiser of a robot. The success of The Addams family has impressed me as well, because everytime they lost in the UK Championships of Robot Wars, it was always to a really good All-Star. It reached the semi-final of the 3rd wars losing to Panic Attack, the semi-final of the 4th wars losing to Hypno-Disc, the semi-final of the 5th wars losing to Chaos 2 and the semi-final of the 6th wars losing to Razer. Their series record shows they really had no disgrace to go out in their battles. And to add to that, they really impressed me in their heat in the 6th wars surviving everything that 259 could throw at them. Definitely a robot that deserves my respect.|
|X-Terminator||Since I first saw X-Terminator fighting on Robot Wars, it has always been a competitor I have liked as it always looked awesome with its axe weapon (later to be changed to a disc) and I also liked its paintjob too. I can see why the team enjoyed their rivalry with Panic Attack after seeing how well X-Terminator were doing the first time they met. X-Terminator always was brilliant but only when the axe was able to hit something and that I think really proved its Achilles heel as it tended to get its axe stuck in the floor a lot when it missed. But as the new version with the disc came along, that's when it really improved a lot making up for the axe that was effective but not as effective as the disc. Marlon Pritchard and Simon Baldwin made thrashing robots like Tsunami and Bulldog Breed look very easy in Series 7 with the new robot which I think was beaten in a very ironic way in the Grand-Final, ah well but those things happen. But that wasn't the last we saw of X-Terminator as it won the Robot Crusade 2004 final at RAF Cosford annihilating Terrorhurtz in the grand-final. I think Marlon now has a place in Australia, but the series 6 version with the axe has been seen in the flesh a few times on display at the Robot Wars Live events that happen around the country. First time I saw it in real life was at Guildford 2012.
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