Merlin is a heavyweight built by Team MAD which competed in the pilot episode of Robot Wars: Series 8. Although the episode went unaired, Merlin made various cameo appearances throughout the main series, appearing in the pits, alongside with Turbulence and Monte.
Merlin was previously intended to compete in Series 7, but Merlin suffered from technical issues the day before the qualifiers, so had to withdraw from the qualification process.
The robot was armed with a very powerful full-pressure flipper, but was also invertible, similar to Raging Knightmare, another robot from Leicestershire (also a robot that the team would later own). It ran on a two-wheeled drive, and could still self-right in spite of being invertible.
Although Merlin did not compete in the main competition of Series 8, it was regardless invited to attend filming of the pilot episode on March 1st, giving it the opportunity to compete in front of a live audience, as part of a camera test.
In its first battle, Merlin was drawn into a four-way qualifier against Reaper, Wraith and Monte. Wraith suffered from electrical problems before the start of the battle, and withdrew, turning the fight into a three-way battle. Monte quickly broke down, and was pitted, leaving Reaper and Merlin to fight alone until cease was called, with both robots qualifying.
In the first battle of the head-to-head round, Merlin defeated veterans in Team Onslaught, winning against their new robot, Ka-Pow!, when Ka-Pow! drove into the pit in the opening moments of the fight. As the battle was so short, Merlin turned its efforts to attack Dead Metal.
Merlin's final battle was a loss against fellow flipper, Turbulence. After a close fight between the two flippers, Turbulence won the Judges' decision on the basis of aggression and control. Merlin never fought Reaper to complete the second round, and was eliminated at this stage.
|MERLIN - RESULTS|
|Series 8 - Pilot Episode|
Round 2, Third Place
|Pilot Episode, Qualifier||vs. Monte, Reaper, Wraith||Qualified|
|NOTE: Wraith withdrew prior to the battle|
|Pilot Episode, Head-to-Head||vs. Ka-Pow!||Won|
|Pilot Episode, Head-to-Head||vs. Turbulence||Lost|
|Main Series||Merlin 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|| Withdrew before qualifiers|
Featherweight Championship with Alpha and G2
|Series 8|| Pilot Round 2, Third Place|
Entered with Apollo
Entered Pilot with Monte
|Series 9||Entered with Apollo|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Did not enter|
|Series 2||Entered with Gladiator, Flybot, Chroma and Hades|
Outside of Robot WarsEdit
Since Robot Wars, Merlin has been rebuilt several times, but has experienced great success, particularly in the Roaming Robots circuit. Arguably Merlin's greatest triumph to date was when it won the Tag Team Terror Competition alongside Velocirippa in 2006.
- Despite Team MAD making several robots for Robot Wars, Merlin was the only heavyweight at the time of Series 7.