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Clawed Hopper
Clawedhopper 5
Clawed Hopper in its Series 5 appearance
Participation Information
UK Series 4-5
Team Information
Team Members Andrew Hughes
Joshua Hughes
Nicholas Clement
Robot Statistics
Weight 200kg
Dimensions 0.78m x 1.3m x 0.83m
Top Speed 2mph
Power 5x Electrical Motors
Weapons Steel claws and spinning drums

Robot statistics correct as of its most recent appearance on the show

Clawed Hopper was a walker robot that competed in Series 4-5 of Robot Wars. It was painted yellow in Series 4 and painted green in Series 5. Its walking mechanism was a rectangular frame that moved in an ellipse pattern, spikes on the underside providing the grip to propel it. The entire body was made from steel and aluminium along with other scrap materials and mounted on a spinning turntable, allowing Clawed Hopper to turn swiftly with no turning circle. Its main weapon was a pair of steel claws that moved up and down as the robot walked. In Series 5, a spinning drum was added to each side, along with a pair of rollbars. Clawed Hopper's mobility was not great; its speed never went beyond 3mph. In its first appearance, Bigger Brother flipped it over. However, it was the first heavyweight walker robot to ever win a battle in the main competition, against the experienced Twister in Series 5, before losing to the number 2 seed Pussycat in the second round.

In the Series 4 recap, the 'e' was omitted from the first half of Clawed Hopper's name, meaning that it was spelled Clawd Hopper. Its name was also most likely a pun on the word Clodhopper, referring to both a type of heavy shoe, and a type of Canadian candy.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

Clawedhopper

Series 4 appearance

Clawed Hopper participated in Heat J of the Fourth Wars for its first televised appearance. In the first round melee, Clawed Hopper was placed up against fellow newcomers Hammer & Tong and the number 14 seeds Bigger Brother. In the battle, Clawed Hopper took a side-on attack from Bigger Brother, and nearly toppled over. Clawed Hopper landed on its feet and went after Hammer and Tong, getting under it but not causing any damage. Bigger Brother flipped Clawed Hopper onto its side, but Clawed Hopper again fell back onto its feet. However, on its third attempt, Bigger Brother successfully flipped Clawed Hopper onto its back, taking Clawed Hopper out of the competition; this allowed Dead Metal to come in and put it on the arena floor flipper, where due to its weight it didn't go very far, but it still didn't even land the right way up.

"Clawed Hopper goes belly up!"
Craig Charles

Series 5Edit

A bigger, more robust, heavier, slower Clawed Hopper participated in the final heat of the Fifth Wars. In the first round, Clawed Hopper was placed up against the experienced Team Berserk with their new machine Twister. In the battle, despite its slow, sluggish movement, Clawed Hopper eventually met Twister in the of the arena, where one nudge from the hefty Clawed Hopper saw Twister break down immediately. Twister was soon subsequently counted out by Refbot and then Clawed Hopper (very slowly) pushed Twister towards the open pit of oblivion, and eventually got the former Heat Finalists down it. For the first time in Robot Wars, a walker was through to the second round of the main competition.

"Clawed Hopper...took him seven and a half months to get across the arena there, to press the (pit release) button. We just edited it for you"
— Jonathan Pearce, mocking Clawed Hopper's speed

However, in the second round of the heat, Clawed Hopper stood very little chance, fighting the number two seeds Pussycat. In this battle, although Clawed Hopper was clearly trying its very best, Pussycat buried its blade into Clawed Hopper's spinning flail several times, eventually causing it to break off. Clawed Hopper was falling to pieces when cease was called, but to everyone's amazement survived to a judges' decision. However, Pussycat was unsurprisingly the winner of the battle, eliminating Clawed Hopper from the competition.

ResultsEdit

CLAWED HOPPER - RESULTS
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat J, Eliminator vs. Bigger Brother (14), Hammer & Tong Eliminated
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat L, Eliminator vs. Twister Won
Heat L, Semi-Final vs. Pussycat (2) Lost
Clod Hopper

Clod Hopper, Clawed Hopper's entry in Techno Games

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

  • Series 1-3: Did not enter
  • Series 4: Heat, Round 1
  • Series 5: Heat, Round 2
  • Series 6-7: Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

The team also entered Techno Games with a sprinting robot called Clod Hopper, which was a large shoe-shaped robot which featured a similar walking mechanism to Clawed Hopper, complete with turntable.

TriviaEdit

  • Clawed Hopper was both the first walking robot to compete, and the first walker to win a battle, in the main competition.

HonoursEdit

Honour
First walkerbot to win a battle in the main competition

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