- "It's hammer time!"
- — Eric Corton as Hammerhead 2 entered the arena in Dutch Series 2
Hammerhead was named after the type of shark, after originally being armed with a rotating hammer.
Versions of HammerheadEdit
The original Hammerhead from Dutch Series 1 was a blue box-wedge with an angled spinning hammer and a rear lifting scoop. Its ground clearance was extremely low, but this proved to be a hindrance at times; even the slightest lift off the ground would keep it from moving. The robot was painted blue, to reference a hammerhead shark. Although it was one of the most powerful spinners in the Dutch Wars, its tyres were extremely vulnerable.
The team's second entry was Hammerhead 2, an invertible box-shaped robot designed to look like a hammerhead shark, with a face drawn on the front and a full-pressure flipping tail on the back. The flipper was among the strongest in the Dutch Wars, but was too short to allow the robot to self-right. The robot also featured a hammer-like wing on each side, positioned near the rear of the robot.
Both versions of the machine were equipped with a voice box that would shout out intimidating phrases like "I love the taste of fresh metal" and "It's hammertime!" in the pits.
In its Series 7 qualifier, Hammerhead 2 fought German Hammer, Supernova, and an unidentified machine. Supernova caused a lot of damage to Hammerhead, and won the battle, but Hammerhead was regardless given a discretionary place into the series. Hammerhead 2 was then re-welded on site.
Dutch Series 1Edit
Hammerhead faced Pika 2 in the first round. It struggled to hit Pika 2's wedge shape head-on, and its spinning hammer disoriented it slightly. Eventually it managed to get around the side and crumple Pika's frame. It struck one of Pika's wheels and immobilised it before inflicting additional damage to Pika's rear. It then drove at Pika from the front, but got wedged slightly off the ground and was unable to move. Nevertheless, Pika 2 got counted out and Hammerhead was through to the next round.
There it met Botwork. The robots charged at each other with their spinning weapons, but bounced off fairly harmlessly. Botwork then attacked Hammerhead from the rear and buckled one of its wheels. The damage caused Hammerhead to stop moving, so it was counted out by Refbot. It was flipped by the floor flipper and then pushed into the pit.
Dutch Series 2Edit
Hammerhead 2 faced IDO in the first round of the tournament. Hammerhead started by approaching IDO, before lifting it off the ground with its flipper. Hammerhead then pushed IDO into a CPZ, before forcing it into the Pit Button. IDO had become stuck on the side wings of Hammerhead 2, so it only needed to turn on the spot, and IDO was carried into the pit.
In Round Two, Hammerhead 2 faced Krab-Bot, and at the start of this battle was grabbed hold of and lured into a CPZ, before flipping Krab-Bot. Hammerhead and Krab-Bot confronted each other, before Krab-Bot grabbed hold of Hammerhead, who spun it in circles. Matilda and Shunt tried to separate the two robots, but Krab-Bot still grabbed onto Hammerhead. Hammerhead then pushed it into an angle grinder, before trying to push it into the CPZs. Hammerhead was pushed into the grinders as time ran out, and lost on a Judges' decision.
UK Series 7Edit
Hammerhead faced Iron-Awe 2.1, Xenomorph and DisConstructor in round one of this competition. Hammerhead started this battle by staying out of the action, before being flipped onto Xenomorph by Iron-Awe. Hammerhead needed to self-right to use its weapon, but couldn't. However, it was self-righted by Iron-Awe after being axed, before pushing Xenomorph. Hammerhead was flipped again by Iron-Awe, but this time, the robot continued the battle until cease, and qualified along with Iron-Awe, after a Judges' decision.
In Round Two, Hammerhead faced Typhoon 2. Hammerhead didn't attack until Typhoon got up to speed, and was sent flying by the body spinner. Another hit from Typhoon meant Hammerhead could only go in circles. It was then struck again, its armour panels were ripped off, and it stopped moving. Shunt and Matilda placed it onto the floor flipper and The Drop Zone, before pitting it.
|HAMMERHEAD - RESULTS|
|Heat C, Round 1||vs. Pika 2||Won|
|Heat C, Semi-Final||vs. Botwork||Lost|
|HAMMERHEAD 2 - RESULTS|
|Heat C, Round 1||vs. IDO||Won|
|Heat C, Semi-Final||vs. Krab-Bot||Lost|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heats, Round 2
|Heat O, Round 1||vs. DisConstructor, Iron-Awe 2.1, Xenomorph||Qualified|
|Heat O, Round 2||vs. Typhoon 2||Lost|
- UK Wins: 1
- UK Losses: 1
- Dutch Wins: 2
- Dutch Losses: 2
|Series||Hammerhead 2 Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
|Series 1||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 2||Heat, Round 2|
Outside of Robot WarsEdit
Since Robot Wars finished, the team has built a new robot called Hammerhead 3, a box-wedge shaped robot with a built-in full-body flipper that has competed in various events across the UK and the Netherlands. It was victorious in the 2005 European Championship, defeating Kan-Opener to secure the title for the Netherlands for the third year running. The team are also the current owners of Twister.
At the 2006 UK Championship, Hammerhead fought DisConstructor, launching it through the air. It defeated Hannibal by exploiting the robot's limited self-righting, but Hammerhead was eventually stopped when Merlin threw it out of the arena.
- Hammerhead is one of only four robots, along with Bamm Bamm, NEAT Machine and Scraptosaur, to have competed in both Dutch Championships and the Seventh UK Championship.