- "I love Beer."
- — The slogan written on the rear of the robot
Kronic the Wedgehog (often nicknamed Kronic) was a series of robots that competed in Series 4-7 of Robot Wars. The original version reached the Heat Final in its debut appearance in Series 4 after helping to knock out the seeded Gravedigger, but its successors lost in the first round in Series 5 and the second in Series 6 and 7. However, Kronic 2 was notable for flipping former series champion Panic Attack over in its first round battle during Series 6 to be the last robot standing.
The robot's name was a pun on the popular Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.
Versions of Kronic the WedgehogEdit
All versions of Kronic the Wedgehog shared the same colour scheme of blue, red and yellow, with yellow top-mounted spikes and an angry face printed on the front lifter/flipper, known as the 'Kronic face'.
Kronic the Wedgehog (Series 4)Edit
The original version of Kronic the Wedgehog was built in a greenhouse, a fact reflected in the team covering the top spikes with flowerpots. It was a tall box-wedge shaped robot powered by Sinclair C5 motors giving it a top speed of 10 mph, and armoured in polycarbonate. Kronic the Wedgehog's weapons were a front lifter and a rear-mounted spike. The metal part sticking out of Kronic's face was the ram pivot.
Kronic 2 (Series 5)Edit
For Series 5, a new model of Kronic the Wedgehog was built, known as Kronic 2. This version was much larger and heavier than the original, with a wedge-shaped chassis and a front flipper similar to that of Prizephita Mach 2. Kronic 2 was the first to feature a set of flammable foam spikes on top of the wedge, which had red tips to give the appearance of being bloodstained. The robot was armoured in aluminium and steel, with the team using aluminium from a chocolate bar wrapper to protect Kronic 2's receiver.
Kronic 2 (Series 6)Edit
For Series 6, Kronic 2 had two pneumatic flippers along the wedge, with the top-mounted one being a side flipper similar to the weapon of Lightning. The side flipper was slightly faster and more powerful than the front one, and was designed to act as the robot's srimech. Kronic 2 also had a stronger shell, but had no base panel, as the team removed it during the qualifiers due to the robot being overweight.
Kronic the Wedgehog (Series 7)Edit
For Series 7, the team reverted back to the original name for a revised version of Kronic 2. This version of Kronic the Wedgehog retained the two flippers used by Kronic 2, which were upgraded to be faster and more powerful, as well as the foam spikes. While largely similar in design to Kronic 2, the Series 7 version had no wheel guards, although it was now fitted with a mesh bottom to protect the internals from underneath.
Despite Kronic first appearing in Series 4, the original version of the robot (simply named Kronic) was built for Series 3, armed with a retracting spear. However, it wasn't very well built and failed to qualify.
In its Series 4 qualifier, Kronic the Wedgehog fought S.M.I.D.S.Y., and won. Both robots qualified regardless, and reached the Heat Final.
To qualify for Series 5, Kronic 2 fought yet another Heat Finalist from the Fourth Wars, Mini Morg. Kronic 2 won the battle and qualified for the series, yet curiously, Mini Morg was awarded the nineteenth seed. Kronic qualified for Series 6 and 7, though how it qualified each time is unknown.
- "It's not Sonic, but Kronic is not moronic, so beware!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Newcomers Kronic the Wedgehog met Thermidor 2 and the number 13 seeds Gravedigger in the first round of the Fourth Wars. Kronic the Wedgehog drove into Thermidor 2, while Gravedigger drove into Kronic the Wedgehog. Kronic the Wedgehog then lifted up Thermidor 2, which in turn tried to flip Kronic, but failed. Gravedigger then got under Kronic the Wedgehog, but its front-hinged flipping weapon was not working at all. Kronic the Wedgehog then rammed Thermidor 2, and part of Thermidor 2's claw fell off. Catching Gravedigger, Kronic lifted it onto the arena side wall, so that its wheels were off the ground, therefore it was unable to get away. Thermidor 2 then came in and flipped Gravedigger onto its side, and the seeded robot was declared immobilised and was eliminated. Kronic progressed through to the second round along with Thermidor 2.
At this stage, Kronic the Wedgehog went up against previous Heat Finalists, Darke Destroyer 2. The Darke Destroyer's lack of a srimech allowed it to be immobilised easily, as Kronic the Wedgehog flipped it over with ease not long into the battle. Kronic the Wedgehog therefore had made it to the Heat Final, where it met the lobster robot Thermidor 2 once again.This battle had a much slower start than their first meeting. Both robots tried to flip each other one at a time, until Thermidor 2 put its flipper through Kronic's. Thermidor 2 then snapped Kronic the Wedgehog's flipper right off. Not long afterwards, Kronic the Wedgehog lost drive in one of its wheels and was quickly declared immobilised. The House robots came in and attacked the immobilised machine, before placing Kronic the Wedgehog down into the pit of oblivion, eliminating the newcomers from the competition after such a promising début appearance.
Kronic 2 went up against the greatly experienced King B Powerworks in its first round eliminator battle. Kronic 2 showed good aggression early on in this battle, but the flipper wasn't as powerful as in future appearances, and Kronic 2 couldn't flip King B Powerworks fully over in its attempts. King B Powerworks then took control of the bout by pushing the more sluggish Kronic 2 machine around the arena, bending the flipper and putting holes in the outer shell. Kronic 2's foam spikes caught fire as the two went over the flame pit, and King B Powerworks's rear spinning blade did even more damage to the outer shell. Cease was soon called, and the result was almost obvious, with the judges' vote going in favour of King B Powerworks, eliminating Kronic 2 from the competition.
Kronic 2 was placed up against the redesigned R.O.C.S., the 8th seeds Panic Attack and recent heat-finalist Corkscrew in its first round battle of the Heat. In this battle, Kronic 2 was immediately targeted by R.O.C.S., which pierced into its flipper, in combination with a lift from Panic Attack. However, a glancing blow from Corkscrew separated the pair, also ripping up a wheel guard of Kronic 2 and also making its srimech break. However, this did leave Kronic 2 free to activate the pit release button, which ultimately caused the demise of Corkscrew. After this, Kronic 2 sustained more damage from R.O.C.S.' claw, but then flipped R.O.C.S. onto its back, rendering it immobilised as it was leaking hydraulic fluid. Victorious, Kronic 2 then flipped Panic Attack, which no longer had a srimech, and was immobilised. However both of them moved through as R.O.C.S. was soon counted out by Refbot, and Kronic 2 assisted Sir Killalot with pitting R.O.C.S.
In the second round, Kronic 2 went up against the much more experienced Terrorhurtz machine. Kronic started the fight aggressively, charging at Terrorhurtz, but its flipper could not breach the ground clearance of Terrorhurtz. Kronic 2 was axed by the future grand finalist repeatedly. Terrorhurtz, having now lost power to its axe, pushed the more sluggish Kronic 2 machine to Sergeant Bash's CPZ, however it managed to escape before it took any major damage from the house robot.
- "It's a splendid looking machine, great fun, but it's met its match here in Terrorhurtz!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Kronic 2
As Kronic 2 began to get away, Terrorhurtz then pushed Kronic 2 around to the side of the arena, into an angle grinder, and onto the flame pit. Growler then closed in as Kronic 2 was merely limping, but Kronic 2 attacked the house robots, using its top flipper to lift up Growler, before it stopped moving completely and was counted out by Refbot. It was then attacked by Growler before cease was called.
Kronic the Wedgehog was placed up against Team Victor's The Kraken, and two newcomers: Pinser and Cobra, in the first round melee. Cobra posed no challenge as it barely moved, Kronic the Wedgehog flipped it right over in the opening moments, before flipping it back the right way up. However, Pinser then leaped onto the attack, piercing through Kronic the Wedgehog's flipper. Fortunately for Kronic though, Pinser then attacked the limping Cobra machine, but burnt out as it went over a flame jet, effectively immobilising both robots as Cobra was still caught in Pinser's grip. Both robots were counted out by Refbot, and Kronic the Wedgehog went through to the next round with The Kraken.Kronic the Wedgehog then faced a seemingly easy battle in Robot Wars veterans Mighty Mouse, in the second round. Kronic the Wedgehog indeed began strongly, hurling Mighty Mouse across the arena with the flipper effortlessly, almost flipping Mighty Mouse out of the arena on one occasion. However, Kronic the Wedgehog suddenly seized up just outside house robot Growler's CPZ and Mighty Mouse then took the opportunity to ram it fully into the CPZ, where Kronic the Wedgehog's flipper crumpled against the arena side wall by Growler. Mighty Mouse continued to ram Kronic the Wedgehog, ramming it into submission, rendering them completely immobilised, leaving it to be counted out by the Refbot, therefore leaving Mighty Mouse as the unlikely victors, and eliminating Kronic the Wedgehog from the competition.
- "After the fight we found out that it was a seized motor which caused our downfall, not a broken speed controller as I originally suspected. The motor burned out because the driver and driven sprockets became misaligned, causing a lot of tension on the motor."
- — David Lang
|KRONIC THE WEDGEHOG - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat G, Eliminator||vs. Gravedigger (13), Thermidor 2||Qualified|
|Heat G, Semi Final||vs. Darke Destroyer 2||Won|
|Heat G, Final||vs. Thermidor 2||Lost|
|KRONIC 2 - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat F, Eliminator||vs. King B Powerworks||Lost|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat I, Round 1||vs. Corkscrew, Panic Attack (8), R.O.C.S.||Qualified|
|Heat I, Round 2||vs. Terrorhurtz||Lost|
|KRONIC THE WEDGEHOG - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat J, Round 1||vs. Cobra, Pinser, The Kraken||Qualified|
|Heat J, Round 2||vs. Mighty Mouse||Lost|
- Wins: 4
- Losses: 4
|Series||Kronic the Wedgehog Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Failed to qualify|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat Final|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Sixth Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
The latest version of Kronic 3 made two appearances at the Robot Wars live events. Its first appearance was at Barnsley in February 2013 where it reached the final of the main competition losing to Maelstrom when it was immobilised unable to self-right in the last 10 seconds of the fight. Its second Robot Wars live event was at Widnes 2013 where it got to the semi-final of the competition and was beaten by Maelstrom again.
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Kronic has become far more successful in recent years. Competing in the live circuits, and being renamed Kronic 3, its flipper was modified to be the length of the entire front wedge, and is now capable of throwing robots from the arena at height, doing so to other famous competitors such as Behemoth, Big Nipper and Iron-Awe. It won the Roaming Robots Winter Tour of 2005. In May 2010, the robot was sold to Team MAD as Team Kronic retired from building and operating heavyweight robots. Under their new team, Kronic became the 2010 and 2011 Annihilator Champion, which enabled it to become the second machine in history to reclaim the UK Annihilator title after Kan-Opener. Kronic's final appearance was at the 2014 FRA UK Championships, where it reached the quarter-finals; after this, it was retired from robot combat, and succeeded by Apollo in future Robots Live! events.
Following its retirement, Kronic was rebuilt by Team Mad as Chronic for ABC's BattleBots reboot. Changes from the original robot included a 'launcher' that was powered by nitrogen instead of CO2 in accordance with the new rules, as well as more armour. Chronic was selected as a reserve, but was not needed to replace any competitors. As a test for the production crew, Chronic fought and lost to fellow reserve robot Swamp Thing in the very first fight in the new BattleBox. Although it started off well, getting some good flips in and breaking off Swamp Thing's thwacking tail, Chronic's drive failed towards the end and it was counted out. Chronic was also due to compete in a nine-robot rumble at the end of the series, but due to time restraints in filming, it never took place.
- Like Wedgehog, Kronic the Wedgehog's name was based on Hedgehog (although Kronic's name was based on the Sonic the Hedgehog games). Coincidentally, both the former and the latter are currently owned by Team MAD.
- In March 2012, Kronic broke Gravity's Robot Wars record for the quickest battle in all FRA competitions by throwing Iron-Awe 6 out of the arena in 4 seconds.
- In 2011, Kronic received an Honorable Mention in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame, as a result of its successes in live events held during Robot Wars' hiatus.