- "Compared to us, all the other robots are lift music. We're Heavy Metal."
- — John Denny
Heavy Metal was a robot that competed in Series 9 of Robot Wars. It was built by Team 13, who previously competed with 13 Black and Limpet. Heavy Metal was originally planned to enter Series 8, but was not accepted while the robot was still in the design phase.
Heavy Metal entered the third heat of Series 9 and progressed to the head to heads despite taking damage from M.R. Speed Squared. It won a knockout victory by pitting M.R. Speed Squared in the Head-to-Heads, but was defeated by both Thor and eventual finalist Concussion when its wheels were removed during the battle. It placed third in the heat.
To reflect the robot’s name, Team 13 carried inflatable instruments on the show, and the younger John Denny wore a metal mask.
- "They have designed a ‘never-been-seen-before’ robot, that has the ability to change it’s weaponry in a matter of seconds between a spinner, flipper, thwack bot or a large drill."
- — The Robot Wars website
Heavy Metal was an offensive wedge, with a two-wheeled drive and a high top speed of 12-15mph. The wedge had a low enough ground clearance that the robot could not drive across the un-descended Pit without jarring against the edge. Heavy Metal was armoured in 3mm thick RAEX steel.
Heavy Metal's weapon was an articulating 360 degree arm with interchangeable weapons, including two blades for pinning robots in place, a rectangular blade for keeping other robots away while also making Heavy Metal a thwackbot, and spinning weaponry. The arm could also turn Heavy Metal over, but the team and show noted it was a low-offence weapon, rotating at 10rpm.
- "Usually alarm bells when there's exposed tyres, but there's no rubber as such on these tyres."
- — Angela Scanlon
Heavy Metal had large metal wheels, rather than the rubber tyres used by other robots of a comparable size such as The General and Chimera. For traction, the team covered the wheels with rubber stoppers. With few in reserve, they were very kindly collected up by the arena crew after each fight and given back to the team, while the wheels themselves were irreplaceable. Though twice broken, they were easily repaired as the axle, rather than the wheels, had broken.
- "You can throw it all around the arena, it'll come straight back at you. It's unstoppable."
- — John Denny on Heavy Metal's invertibility
Its pink and purple colour-scheme is an homage to the cover art of one of the first heavy metal albums, Paranoid by Black Sabbath.
Team 13 first applied for Series 8 with Heavy Metal, but the robot was merely a design concept at the time, and construction had barely begun. As such, it was not selected to compete in the series, but successfully qualified for Series 9, as the robot was in a much more complete state. However, despite applying for Series 10, Heavy Metal was not accepted for a re-appearance.
Heavy Metal competed in Heat 3, facing veterans M.R. Speed Squared and Foxic, and newcomer Expulsion. As the battle commenced, it darted off the mark and eventually pushed Expulsion into the spikes and Sir Killalot's CPZ, where the newcomers were overturned, rammed by Foxic and gouged by M.R. Speed Squared. This was the extent of Heavy Metal's involvement, as Expulsion broke down and Foxic was immobilised by the Arena Floor Flipper. Heavy Metal seemed to be moving only one one wheel, but it progressed through the first round mostly, alongside M.R. Speed Squared. Before the siren sounded, M.R. Speed Squared landed two glancing blows on Heavy Metal's wheels and bent the 360 degree arm into the chassis.
- "Are we through?"
- — John M Denny calls in question
After noting the significant damage to their robot and making the repairs, Team 13 and Heavy Metal went back into the arena to fight M.R. Speed Squared.
- "I think Heavy Metal could stand to lose their wheels here."
- — Jonathan Pearce
With vulnerable wheels and against a robot capable of removing them, Heavy Metal shot across the arena and plunged beneath M.R. Speed Squared's ground clearance before the Forsey machine could reach full speed. Heavy Metal's attack sent M.R. Speed Squared flailing, and upon impact with the arena floor its weapon failed to begin spinning again. Heavy Metal then pushed beneath M.R. Speed Squared and drove it around the arena, but twice ran into the edge of the Pit and allowed M.R. Speed Squared to slip away. Continuing to press the advantage, Heavy Metal slammed M.R. Speed Squared into the Pit release (activating the Pit), the floor flipper (which threw M.R. Speed Squared) and Shunt's CPZ, where the Forsey machine took damage. Chasing M.R. Speed Squared around the arena, Heavy Metal pushed it into the Pit. Although it fell in afterwards, it won the battle by KO, to the enthusiasm of the whole family.
- "Well even if I didn't see the battle, I heard the cheering!"
- — Dara Ó Briain
After extensive repairs to the rubber stoppers, Heavy Metal went into the arena to fight a barely-assembled Concussion. Heavy Metal's wedge was low enough to escape most of Concussion's blows, but a key attack kicked the robot's wedge a full 180 degrees to be facing the other way. Heavy Metal floundered and attempted to withdraw, but Concussion caught it by the arena wall and, with a blow from its drum, cleaved Heavy Metal's right wheel off and sent it flying out of the arena.
- "Oh, you're an ugly one!"
- — John Denny Jr.
Heavy Metal welded its broken axle back on and went into the arena to fight Thor for the right to join Concussion in the Heat Final, as each was on three points. Both robots were fast off the mark, but Thor's wedge was lower and the former finalist shoved Heavy Metal around the arena, the rubber stoppers flying off in every direction.
- "Look at the arena floor, it's absolutely littered with the little rubber feet that are on the wheels of Heavy Metal to give it traction, which means they can hardly move without skittering!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Thor pushed Heavy Metal around the arena, with Heavy Metal indeed gliding as if driving on ice. It took damage from the spikes and Matilda's flywheel on the wedge, and as Thor went to push it back into the House Robot, Heavy Metal's left wheel dislodged. Thor slammed Heavy Metal's limping form into the pit release, and the siren sounded as Heavy Metal were eliminated. Matilda then spun her flywheel and hurled the dislodged wheel all the way across the arena.
- "I'm afraid this heavy metal gig, is about to end with a slow dance."
- — Jonathan Pearce
|HEAVY METAL - RESULTS|
|Series 9 - UK Championship|
Round 2, Third Place
|Heat 3, Group Battle||vs. Expulsion, Foxic, M.R. Speed Squared||Qualified|
|Heat 3, Head to Heads||vs. M.R. Speed Squared||Won via KO (3 points)|
|Heat 3, Head to Heads||vs. Concussion||Lost (0 points)|
|Heat 3, Head to Heads||vs. Thor||Lost (0 points)|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 2
|Main Series||Heavy Metal Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Entered with Limpet|
|The Third Wars||Not selected with Limpet Mk 2|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Entered with 13 Black|
|The Sixth Wars||Entered with 13 Black|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with 13 Black|
|Series 8||Not selected|
|Series 10||Not selected|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||Entered with 13 Black|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Heavy Metal's first appearance outside of Robot Wars came at the Robots Live! event in Cannock, held in October 2016. The robot's unfinished chassis and wheels were brought to the event in a partially assembled state, where the team also competed with their featherweight, Clank 5.
The completed Heavy Metal attended Robots Live! in Burgess Hill in April 2017, sporting new coating for its wheels that would not come loose so easily.