Das Gepäck was a Dutch competitor robot that competed in the second series of Dutch Robot Wars. It also represented Germany in the UK vs Germany Special at the end of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars and German Robot Wars, to make up the numbers as there were not enough German competitors. Despite its lack of real weaponry, Das Gepäck became joint champion of the UK vs Germany Special along with Fluffy, but was eliminated in the first round of Dutch Series 2.
Interestingly, despite being a Dutch competitor, the robot actually had a German name which literally translates as The Luggage.
The robot was actually a converted version of the original Alien Destructor, the team's original entry on the show. It was an invertible box-shaped robot with six wheels driving it up to 20 mph and ramming spikes at the front to push and impale.
The robot was painted to look like The Luggage, a large chest from the Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett. The team continued the magical theme from the books by wearing wizard hats and claiming that the robot was powered by a black hole.
Dutch Series 2Edit
Das Gepäck's first battle was against Gravity. It rammed into Gravity, who pushed it back against the wall. The robots continued pushing each other until Gravity flipped Das Gepäck into a CPZ, where Sergeant Bash clamped down on it. It escaped, and rammed into Gravity, who flipped it up against the wall. Bash helped it off, and the robots continued pushing until time ran out. The jury's decision was in favour of Gravity.
UK Series 6/German SeriesEditDas Gepäck also represented Germany in the UK vs Germany special and fought fellow German representative Ansgar's Revenge in Round 1. Despite its opponent's huge weight advantage, Das Gepäck immediately slammed Ansgar's Revenge into Dead Metal's CPZ, who cut into the steel bar before releasing the shufflebot, but Ansgar's Revenge seemed to have stopped moving completely. Sir Killalot dragged Ansgar's Revenge out into the middle of the arena, where it still made very little movement. Das Gepäck rammed Ansgar against the angle grinder. Ansgar's Revenge began to show signs of movement, but Das Gepäck kept ramming it, before pushing it into Sir Killalot. However, Ansgar's Revenge survived to the judges' decision, which unsurprisingly went to Das Gepäck. In Round 2, Das Gepäck was drawn against the weapon-less Delldog. Das Gepäck dominated the fight, slamming Delldog into Mr. Psycho's CPZ, and then Sergeant Bash's CPZ. After being pinched by Sergeant Bash's claw, and hammered by Mr. Psycho, Delldog broke down and was counted out by Refbot. With one push, Das Gepäck pushed the beaten machine into the pit.
- "Delldog, barking up the wrong tree, Das Gepäck represents Germany in the final"
- — Craig Charles after the fight
- "The black hole is getting heavier and heavier, it’s getting so heavy they will be sucked right into it"
- — The Das Gepäck team before the fight
In the final, both robots seemed tentative, avoiding each other, though Fluffy got some good hits in with its blade, knocking one of the German representative's spikes off with its first attack. However, Das Gepäck came back, pushing against the side. Fluffy and Das Gepäck continued to avoid each other, and it seemed Fluffy's blade had stopped. However, Das Gepäck's buckled spike slipped, causing it to lose its traction on Fluffy. Das Gepäck activated the pit instead, and the two robots entered a pushing match near the pit. Fluffy resisted, getting its axe beneath Das Gepäck and allowing it to push back. Das Gepäck ducked around the pit and tried to push Fluffy into Bash, but got caught itself. Das Gepäck swiftly reversed out of Bash's grasp and pushed back into Fluffy, pushing them onto the flame pit before time ran out.
In a shock move, the Judges ruled that the fight was a draw, much to the annoyance of the crowd.
- "And we are not going to penalties"
- — Craig Charles to the German representatives in the post-fight interview
|DAS GEPÄCK - RESULTS|
Heats, Round 1
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. Gravity||Lost|
|UK Series 6/German Robot Wars|
|UK vs Germany Special|
Representing Germany, Joint Champion
|Round 1||vs. Ansgar's Revenge (GER)||Won|
|Round 2||vs. Delldog (GER)||Won|
|Final||vs. Fluffy (UK)||Drew|
- UK/German Wins: 2
- UK/German Losses: 0
- UK/German Draws: 1
- Dutch Wins: 0
- Dutch Losses: 1
|Series||Das Gepäck Record|
|Series 1||Entered with Alien Destructor|
|Series 2|| Heat, Round 1|
Entered with Alien Destructor 2
|Main Series||Das Gepäck Record|
|German Robot Wars||UK vs Germany joint winner|
Outside Robot WarsEdit