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"Their robot Mastiff is the first fighting robot ever to have been built in Italy"
Julia Reed introduces the Mastiff team and their robot

Mastiff was a robot from Italy which exclusively entered the Second World Championship, broadcast as part of the first series of Robot Wars Extreme and Season 1 of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. It lost in the first round after being flipped by Chaos 2 and pushed into the pit by Manta.

DesignEdit

Mastiff arena

Mastiff in the arena

Mastiff was a steep grey basic wedge shaped robot armed with a flipping arm and two side spikes to prevent it from being stranded on its side when flipped. On its wedge, it featured the image of an angry dog's face, like that of Bulldog Breed, while the robot also had the capability of running on its back if it was flipped in that position. Despite being listed as having no self-righting mechanism, the flipping arm was capable of successfully self-righting Mastiff at least once, although Mastiff had a high ground clearance that was easily exploitable.

Robot HistoryEdit

Extreme 1/US Season 1Edit

"A ground clearance of a centimetre, may not sound much but Chaos and Manta will exploit it. The bull Mastiff may turn into a whimpering puppy."
Jonathan Pearce, doubting Mastiff
Mastiff flipped

Mastiff is flipped by Chaos 2

Manta vs Mastiff

Mastiff is pitted by Manta

Mastiff faced UK Champions Chaos 2, US robot Manta and German robot Ansgar in its only battle, which was also broadcast as part of German Robot Wars. It was immediately targeted by Chaos 2 and was flipped over several times, however no damage was caused internally. The pit was activated and Chaos 2 pushed Mastiff near the edge. However Chaos 2 tried to flip Mastiff into the pit, but only flipped it away and drove itself down instead. Mastiff didn't have time to recover as it was quickly pushed down the pit by Manta, eliminating them from the World Championship.

ResultsEdit

MASTIFF - RESULTS
Extreme Series 1/US Season 1
The Second World Championship
Representing Italy, Eliminated in Heats
NOTE: Mastiff's opening battle in this competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars
Round 1 vs. Ansgar (GER), Chaos 2 (UK), Manta (USA) Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

TriviaEdit

  • Despite weighing a relatively light 85kg, Mastiff was still the heaviest robot in its only battle, being 1kg heavier than Manta, 2kg heavier than Chaos 2 and 11kg heavier than Ansgar.
  • The team could not speak English, thus pre- and post-battle interviews were nigh on impossible for Craig Charles and Julia Reed.
  • Mastiff is one of only two robots to come from Italy, the other being Zeus.
    • Both robots lost their only battles.
    • Both robots fought a German representative in their only battles.

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