Renee Blauuw's unique design faced many obstacles en route to the Grand Final. It lost in the first round after Philipper dislodged its shell, but passed the losers' melee and made it to the heat final, only to lose to Bamm Bamm. However, it was given a second lifeline; the sole wildcard in Series 1 for striking the producers' fancy. It defeated the much-feared Twisted Metal, before pulling out a victory against rival Bamm Bamm to reach the Final, where it was defeated by Slicer. Lizzard was the best-performing robot from Series 1 to return for Series 2, and it proved its worth by swatting away all competition in the heats. However, a third run-in with Bamm Bamm proved to be its downfall after Bamm Bamm hammered it into submission.
Erik Cornelissen's disc-shaped robot was one of only two to make both Dutch Grand Finals. With very innovative armament; a rotating turret that could house a number of different weapons, Bamm Bamm pounded a place in the Series 1 Grand Final, reaching the top four. In Series 2, Bamm Bamm fell after a disappointing first-round performance, but received a wildcard into the Grand Final. It achieved vengeance against Lizzard, which had knocked it out the year previous, only to be defeated by Philipper, another robot which harboured a grudge against it. Bamm Bamm appeared briefly in Series 7 of UK Robot Wars, but again fell at the first hurdle.
Mischa de Graaf and his team were always in good spirits, dressing up as a chain gang in Series 1, and Elvises in Series 2. Despite the team's appearance, the robot was no joke; it featured a very dangerous flywheel, which could easily disable opponents, or flip them clean over. The robot fell in Series 1 to Twisted Metal, but returned with a much improved design for Series 2, and annihilated the competition, having the rare opportunity to fight both a walkerbot and a clusterbot. It continued to gain momentum in the Grand Final, powering through Twister and Scrap-2-Saur, and finally won the title after a tight battle with Philipper 2. Sadly, PulverizeR could not achieve its success in the UK Series, performing nothing like a champion in both its international events.
Philippe Poppe and his family built a silver fish robot that proved solid in competition. It showed promise right from the start; its flipper was powerful enough to rip Lizzard's shell away, and against Bamm Bamm, it came the closest of any robot in the Dutch series to achieving an OotA. Though careless driving took it out of Series 1, the team made improvements and returned for Series 2. With its new flipper, Philipper flicked away its opponents, and reached the Grand Final. It settled the score with Bamm Bamm to reach the Final, where it stood up better than any robot before it to an onslaught from PulverizeR's disc. The jury's decision went against it, but Philipper made a name for it in UK-based international competitions, defeating US Champion Panzer Mk 2, and dispatching German champion Black Hole with barely a scratch on it.
Marien van der Meer's machine was somewhat of a dinosaur in Series 1, losing in two of its three battles. However, the Series 2 model was greatly evolved, with powerful flipping arm that made light work of its opponents in the heats. In the Grand Final it was ravaged by Meshuggah, but got through by the skin of its teeth with a well-timed press of the pit release. However, it was still feeling the pain in its next match against PulverizeR, and could do little to turn the tide of the grudge match. Scraptosaur took part in Series 7 of UK Robot Wars, but lost in the second round to St. Agro.
Willem Kiers's robot featured a powerful spinning disc, easily capable of doing terminal damage. Equipped with a blaring truck horn, wary robots knew to keep away; even Slicer, the future champion, expressed fear towards it. Twisted Metal cut through the opposition to reach the Grand Final, however it proved Slicer's fears to be unfounded when it broke down in the melee. It returned the following year as Twisted Metal Evo, and while its destructive prowess was still evident, it was bested in the heat final by Krab Bot.
Job van de Kieft's robot proved its robot's unfortunate name accurate with its unreliability. The belt to its weapon motor constantly slipped, and after its loss in Series 1 it didn't even fight in the losers' melee. However, it demonstrated its potential by shredding The Lethal Swan in Series 2, before another slipped belt cost it the match against Lizzard. It reached the Grand Final through a wildcard, and had an explosive start against Scrap-2-Saur. It tore apart Scrap-2-Saur, and looked to be on track to win, until some facacta driving took it out of the running again.
The second half of this article is for robots that made one single attempt at the title. They are ranked in order of how far they reached in the Series, and also takes into consideration robots that they defeated and the circumstances of each victory.
Erik de Vrijer's shiny robot featured a big spinning drum and powerful treads for a drive system. It bulldozed through all its opponents, making them fly with its powerful weapon, and finally laying the smackdown on Lizzard to win the title. As it did not appear ever again, Slicer was one of the few robots to retire undefeated.
Leyton Rowley's design may have looked conventional, but the conventions worked, as shown by Botwork's success. Its spinning disc was somewhat hit-and-miss in terms of destructive capability, but when it did work, it was easily capable of disabling its opponents. After reaching the Grand Final, it bent Sater's flipper out of shape, but then fell to future champion Slicer.
Known in the UK as Crushtacean, Ian Visser's crab-like robot featured a very unique weapon; a pair of crushing claws that could grab opponents and drag them around the arena. Krab Bot performed well in Series 2, even defeating former Grand Finalist Twisted Metal Evo to reach the Grand Final, where it lost to Philipper 2.
Jarno Beekman's devil of a machine was light and fast, but offered very little in terms of offensive power. Nevertheless, it zipped around the arena and won its heat to reach the Grand Final effortlessly. However, it was torn apart by Botwork in the melee, and was eliminated from the competition on a jury's decision.
Sjaak Koning's windmill-like robot featured a big spinning triangle, capable of bludgeoning opponents into submission. It did spectacular damage to Impact to reach the Heat Final, but Philipper 2 exploited its Achilles heel, its instability, to take it out of the competition. Twister received a wildcard into the Grand Final, but was again tipped over by future champion PulverizeR, and sent out of the competition.
Only two robots reached the Grand Final of both series of Dutch Robot Wars; Bamm Bamm and Lizzard. However, both robots had to rely on a wildcard for one of their Grand Final appearances. No robot managed to win its heat in both series.
Coincidentally, the two robots met in the first round of the Dutch Series 2 Grand Final, and met twice in the heats of Dutch Series 1.