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"Constructed by Team Vader, very much from the dark side."
— Jonathan Pearce

IG-88 was a heavyweight robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It was built by Team Vader and was entered alongside the team's original entry, Vader, reaching the Heat Final before being flipped out of the arena by Dantomkia.

Like Vader, IG-88's name originated from the Star Wars film franchise, this time from the bounty hunter droid IG-88.


IG-88, like Vader, is a reverse wedge shape, this time armoured in steel and was painted green. It also featured hinged skirts on its sides to prevent flippers getting underneath.

Jayne Middlemiss: "Now I must say, this looks like a frightening robot to me."
Paul Rose: "When it is working, it is quite dangerous, certainly."
Jayne Middlemiss: "I mean what is THAT for example?"
Paul Rose: "I'm claiming it to be a bi-rotational axe."
— The bi-rotational axe is introduced
IG-88 Back

IG-88 from the reverse, in the Arena

Its main weapon was what the team claimed to call a "bi-rotational axe", which acted a lot like a spinning blade. This axe could spin either way, and was able to cause some significant damage to several of its opponents in its heat, making it to the Heat Final, where it was thrown out of the arena by Dantomkia after only 8 seconds.

"It lacks self-righting, has thin armour and slow weaponry - and that's what they say about it, for goodness sake!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

Ig-88 vs scorpion

IG-88 proves its power against Scorpion

IG-88 had a good draw with former Round One losers Scorpion and The Stag, alongside newcomers Tomahawk. It managed to immobilise Tomahawk with two strong blows. IG-88 then rammed The Stag, buckling one of its pincers, before chasing after it and flipping it clean over. As IG-88 dealt more punishment to both opponents, The Stag fled and drove into the pit. IG-88 then ripped a panel clean off Scorpion, who was already through to the next round.

Ig-88 vs King B powerworks

IG-88 hammers King B

IG-88 then threw the armour panel out of the arena and met the experienced King B Powerworks. However, IG-88's weaponry was more potent than King B Powerworks, and managed to land a powerful blow that hurled King B Powerworks into the side wall.

"And the sparks flew! This is no love match here!"
— Jonathan Pearce as King B is slammed

IG-88 closed in and hammered King B Powerworks into immobilisation in the CPZ.

IG-88 vs Dantomkia


"...worthy opponents for the seeded Dantomkia in the final"
— Jonathan Pearce

IG-88 was taken through to fight 5th seed Dantomkia. Here, Dantomkia slid beneath IG-88 and pushed it towards the side wall. Dantomkia's wedge was too low for the bi-rotational axe to hit, and Dantomkia launched IG-88 onto the side wall. The bi-rotational axe caught the side wall and pulled IG-88 over and out of the arena.

"Dantomkia, trying to dodge the flailing axe of IG-88 - oh, it's all over!"
— The entirety of Jonathan Pearce's Heat Final commentary

The whole battle lasted 8 seconds, which broke the quickest battle record which had stood since Series 3.


Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat Final
Heat C, Round 1 vs. Scorpion, The Stag, Tomahawk Qualified
Heat C, Round 2 vs. King B Powerworks Won
Heat C, Final vs. Dantomkia (5) Lost


  • IG-88 in the pits
  • IG-88 being worked on in the pits
  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Main Series IG-88 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 Failed to qualify with Vader
The Sixth Wars Entered with Vader
The Seventh Wars Heat Final
Entered with Vader
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Vader

Outside Robot WarsEdit

IG-88 is currently retired. It briefly came out of retirement to fight in the Roaming Robots 2006 UK Championships, but it went out in the group stages against Scorpion, Ewe 2 and Toyotabot, with Scorpion qualifying.

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