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Robot Wars House Robots

If you, like us, enjoyed the legendary BBC series Robot Wars in the late 90’s to early 00’s, then you’ll doubtlessly be either pleased to hear it’s coming back, or anxiously awaiting its return. While the presenter has changed (Dara O’Briain, who I’ve no doubt will do a superb job) the rest appears to remain much the same, including a few returning combatants, and the ever popular House Robots. But a decade on, and a few things have changed…

Oh but the times have changed… and so have the House Robots.

In the somewhat lesser-known Extreme series, weight limits were upped, and a lot of restrictions were lifted, and that required a few major redesigns that we’re going to see carry over to the 2016 series. Bigger, heavier, same classic weapons but slightly altered. You may notice above that Matilda’s chainsaw is discernibly absent, replaced by a heavy flywheel for cleaving through the tougher new armour and even able to hurl lighter contestants clear out of the arena, and her tusks have been upped in power too.

Killalot, the hulking beast introduced in season 2 was given a hydraulically powered pair of cutting jaws capable of slicing metal, and his engines were strong enough that he could drag robots and drop them into the many hazards in the arena. Looking at the redesign the cutting power has been removed in favour of the ability to lift the new heavier robots.

Gone are the considerably less popular Mr. Psycho with his wildly ineffective and painfully slow hammer, and Growler the fast but otherwise boring dog-tank. Hopefully we’ve also seen the last of the RefBot, who was constantly in the way, and had the audacity to bring a fire-extinguisher into the ring with Diotoir, the fur-coated mess who spent more time on fire than doing anything effective. The less said about Cassius Chrome the better.

Noticeably absent from the original lineup is Sgt. Bash! Famous for the top-mounted flamethrower that did little more than cosmetic damage and look cool, Bash was perhaps more effective with the beak that he used to drag competitors around. The current verdict on Bash is that the first season of the reboot will only require four House Robots, but there may be scope for a future return in the future.

Why does it matter? Tim is a fan of wrestling, and I get that there’s a huge ridiculous storyline going on there with all the characters, the fleeting rivalries, the teams. Well the House Robots have their own mythos built up around them through the commentator’s gleeful yammering, odd rivalries with regular fighters, design notes and various other sources.

They are also always going to be the biggest and most awesome bots because of the reduced limitations placed upon their constructions. Bash for example raised a few questions because of the ranged weapon ban, but the reach of the flamethrower was permitted.

Robot Wars returns to the BBC with new presenters, new House Robots, and the same old awesome action, set to air Sunday the 24th!

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8 responses

  1. Tim showed me a few episodes of the old Robot Wars. I had heard of variations on the concept, I think Grant Imahara, formerly of Mythbusters, competed in one.

    It’ll be interesting to see the new series. To you it’s the return of something you used to love, but to me, much like every other experience in this country for me, its something completely new to fall in love with.

    Besides, I’m already a wrestling fan thanks to Tim…this can’t be worse than some of the crap I’ve seen on WWE :P


    July 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

    • Certainly not.
      Unless Diotior makes a return…

      … But fire is a fun thing to watch, at least! Also, they were a nice team :)


      July 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  2. Murray

    Seeing how much damage the new House Robots do is going to be insane. Especially on the older competitors like Razer and Behemoth.

    Plus having GoPro cameras located on the new House Robots is going to make things terrifying to watch back… mostly Shunt punching through armour like it’s nothing.


    July 19, 2016 at 11:57 am

    • I wanna see Dead Metals spinner blade come down on a robot! That sounds like crazy carnage!!!


      July 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    • Fun fact, Shunt was mostly designed for clearing dead bots

      Didn’t know about the GoPros though


      July 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • Murray

        There should be a video on iPlayer (for any non-UK geeks… sorry :c) which shows off all the House Robots, and it shows a short video from each of the perspectives…
        If you love Matilda, you’ll love where she’s got her camera.


        July 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

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