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For the US Series competitor, see The Revolutionist.

Revolution was the name given to two robots with rotating weapons that were entered by the same team in Robot Wars. Revolution 2 entered Series 6 and the New Blood Championship in the second series of Robot Wars Extreme, losing in the first round in the former and reaching the second round in the latter. Revolution 3 entered Series 7, reaching the second round before being defeated by Ceros. The original Revolution had previously failed to qualify for The Fifth Wars.

"Has had lots of fights - it's lost most of them!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Revolution 3

Versions of RevolutionEdit

Revolution 2Edit

Revolution 2 s6

Revolution 2 during Series 6 with the thinner blades

Revext2

Revolution 2 in Extreme 2. Note the thicker blades.

Revolution 2 was an invertible machine with two-wheel drive, two castors on top to help it run inverted and armed with three large 36' spinning blades which Team Revolution claimed would spin at just under 200MPH. However, in order to accommodate what they claimed to be "the fastest and biggest weapon in Robot Wars", Revolution 2 had very thin polycarbonate armour and a tubular plate steel frame, which was very susceptible to being damaged easily. It was not reliable, either, and its rotating blades got impaled every time they struck another robot's armour due to a lack of reverse gear and sufficient torque in the weapon.

Revolution 3Edit

Revolution 3

Revolution 3 in the arena during Series 7

Revolution 3 was a completely different invertible design to its predecessor. It was a box-shaped, four-wheel drive robot with tougher aluminium, polycarbonate and polyprope armour and interchangeable weapons similar to those found on Tornado, including a 2500RPM eight-toothed spinning drum (erroneously referred to as a flywheel on the show) and a scoop. This version could reach a top speed of 12 mph and pull a car, but was very unreliable throughout its appearance in Series 7.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 6Edit

"A real design Revolution, this!"
— Jonathan Pearce introduces Revolution 2
Thor vs Revolution 2 vs Judge Shred 2

Revolution 2 cuts into Judge Shred

Revolution 2 faced problems in the qualifers for Series 6, being overweight and forced to remove two casters ontop of the machine that allowed it to run inverted. Revolution 2 then faced Thor, Anarchy and Judge Shred 2½ in its first round battle. It attacked Judge Shred at the start, but got stuck. Both machines were separated by Anarchy and Thor, before Revolution 2 was flipped by Judge Shred. It then got stuck on Judge Shred's armour and was dragged around the arena. The two machines were stuck on the angle grinders, before Dead Metal attacked Revolution, releasing it. Revolution's blades then got stuck on the arena floor due to the missing top casters, and it was counted out and eliminated.

Extreme 2Edit

"Well, in Series 6 you made fun of our blades, so we went home and rebuilt them. They're bigger, they're faster, they're heavier and they're stronger!"
— Roger Webb on the improved weaponry
Revolution Action

Revolution 2 smashes into Direct Action

Revolution 2 returned for the New Blood tournament, with stronger blades that were now thicker and modified so that the top casters could be fitted without pushing the robot over the weight limit. It fought Direct Action and eventual winners Storm 2 and in its first round battle. Revolution 2 started the battle by staying out of the way, before landing a strong hit on the now cornered Direct Action. Revolution 2 also landed a glancing blow on Storm 2, before it was then attacked by Direct Action, and stopped spinning. Then both Storm 2 and Direct Action struck Revolution, but no damage was caused. Revolution avoided further damage as it evaded its opposition. Direct Action was eliminated after driving down the pit, so Revolution 2 went through to Round 2.

ICU vs Revolution 2

ICU pushes Revolution 2 onto the flame pit

DM Revolution 2

Revolution 2 sustains damage from Dead Metal

RevolutionCog

The cog that fell out of Revolution 2

There, it was drawn against ICU. ICU drove straight into the blades and merely bounced off, before pushing Revolution into the angle grinders. Revolution had control problems, and drove straight into the opposite arena wall, which dislodged a cog, and its wheels stopped moving. ICU attacked with its axe, dragging it into the CPZ, where it was attacked by Dead Metal, before being placed on the floor flipper, landing on Sgt. Bash, and being pitted.

"The revolution has been quashed. Long live the King, the King is ICU!"
— Craig Charles

Series 7 Edit

"We've seen our machine run, and we know what it can do, so we're just going to go out there, and we'll show you what it can do!"
— Pre-battle confidence from Roger Webb
Scrapper Revolution

Revolution 3 locks horns with The Scrapper

Revolution 3 faced St. Agro, Mega Hurts LT and newcomers The Scrapper in Round 1. It started by using its drum on The Scrapper, immobilising it on one side, before pushing Mega Hurts LT over the flames. Just after The Scrapper was thrown out of the arena, Revolution 3 and Mega Hurts both broke down. However, as Mega Hurts was immobile first it was eliminated, meaning Revolution 3 progressed to Round 2.

Ceros vs revolution

Ceros flips Revolution 3

There, it fought Ceros. It avoided Ceros and reversed into the pit release button at the start, but broke down after the first flip from Ceros. Ceros continued to flip the immobile Revolution around, and it was attacked by the Shunt and Sergeant Bash, who placed it onto the Drop Zone. A television was dropped, but it broke apart when it hit Revolution 3.
"They wanted to be on telly, and the telly ended up on them!"
— Craig Charles after the fight.

After the battle, it was revealed the robot had stopped working because the link had fallen out. Roger Webb admitted the link had not been put in properly.

ResultsEdit

REVOLUTION 2 - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat G, Round 1 vs. Anarchy, Judge Shred 2½, Thor Eliminated
Extreme Series 2
New Blood Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat C, Round 1 vs. Direct Action, Storm 2 Qualified
Heat C, Round 2 vs. ICU Lost
REVOLUTION 3 - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat H, Round 1 vs. Mega Hurts LT, St. Agro, The Scrapper Qualified
Heat H, Round 2 vs. Ceros Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

  • Revolution 2's official Series 6 photo
  • Team Revolution with their Robot Crusade 2004 trophy
  • Revolution 3 at Roaming Robots in Edinburgh 2004 (with a cage for fighting Thor)
Main Series Revolution 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 as Revolution
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 1 as Revolution 2
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2 as Revolution 3
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered as Revolution 2

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Revolution 3 with a spike

Revolution 3 armed with a spike.

After Robot Wars, Revolution 3 was entered into the 2004 UK Championships hosted by Roaming Robots. The robot was relatively unchanged from its Series 7 appearance and it was granted the 3rd seed placing, but was unable to actually participate in any of the qualifying rounds, and subsequently didn't qualify for the Finals. However, it picked up a trophy at Robot Crusade 2004. When unable to use their spinning weapon, Revolution 3 was equipped with a spike. The original Revolution also competed around the same time[1].

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/roamingrobots/permalink/10154533731039022/

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