Shredder was a competitor robot that fought in Series 5-7 of Robot Wars. While failing to progress beyond the first round in Series 5 and 7 - the former after accidentally driving itself into the pit against Mousetrap - it reached the Heat Final in Series 6, losing to S3 there. As Shredder Evolution, it also won the Battle of the Spinners that took place as part of Series 7.
Team Shredder also competed in Series 3 with Manic Mutant, which lost its only battle.
- "When we started the build, some four years ago for Shredder and two years ago for Shredder Evolution, I don't think any of us realised quite how much skill we'd need to solve the design, mechanical and electrical problems."
- — Team Shredder
A successor to Shredder Evolution, Shredder REVolutionS was also planned, which would have featured four spinning discs instead of two. Team Shredder had been working towards building Shredder REVolutionS for four years prior to Series 7, but it is currently unknown whether it was finished.
Versions of ShredderEdit
Shredder was an invertible, two-wheel drive robot featuring twin 10kg counter-rotating mild steel discs as its main weapons. The discs initially spun inwards at up to 2500rpm, with the intention of snaring robots' parts and pulling them towards the discs for more damage. They had different cutting heights, and were were capable of slicing through 4mm mild steel and car doors during testing, as well as providing the robot with better manoeuvrability due to the lower mass of each disc.
Shredder also had a top speed of 10mph (increased to 12mph in Series 6), and was regularly described by Jonathan Pearce as looking like a 'tape machine'. While proved relatively durable and aggressive, the robot suffered from exposed tyres, a 2cm ground clearance and was quite flammable, while its discs were vulnerable to being damaged or torn completely off, as demonstrated during its first round battle against S3 in Series 6. Shredder had relatively minor changes between its appearances in Series 5 and Series 6, the most notable differences being a switch from a plain purple paint scheme to a purple and white one, and slightly different side armour protecting its wheels.
- "So, is this a record deck?"
- — Jayne Middlemiss inquires about Shredder Evolution's design
For Series 7, a new version of Shredder, called Shredder Evolution, was built. It featured a slightly more compact chassis than the original robot, and a pair of more durable and effective discs which now rotated at 1500rpm. Its top speed was also increased to 25mph, and the robot adopted a new black, red and white paint scheme. Jonathan Pearce described Shredder Evolution as being 'built like a brick', although its wheels were now significantly more exposed due to the smaller wheelguards forming part of its revised chassis.
- "We have an...out of this world battle here!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Shredder first appeared in Heat C of the Fifth Wars, and fought the twentieth seed Mousetrap in the first round. It immediately approached Mousetrap and was whacked by its trap mechanism, before using its discs to slam into and leave gashes in Mousetrap's side. Both robots drove away before Mousetrap drove under Shredder, but Shredder escaped as it swung its weapon and continued grinding away at its side. It chased Mousetrap and slammed it into the pit release button, only to back itself into the pit just as it was descending. Despite its more dominant performance, this mistake eliminated Shredder from the Fifth Wars.
- "Shredder are shredded!"
- — Craig Charles announces Shredder's elimination
Shredder came back for Series 6 facing Armadrillo, Roobarb and seventh seed S3 in the first round. Shredder looked in a bit of trouble at the start of the fight when it had one of its discs ripped off by S3 and took a bit of damage from it but managed to win the judges' decision at the end of the fight, along with S3, after Roobarb broke down and Armadrillo was believed to be "playing dead."
The Heat Semi-Final saw it being drawn up against The Alien. The two avoided each other at the start, getting each other on the flame pit and giving each other bashes. The Alien was pushed into Shunt but escaped and both Shredder and The Alien continued dancing near the flame pit. After The Alien pressed the pit release button, Shredder was pushed into the CPZ where both robots were attacked by Shunt but then both managed to escape. After more pushing and shoving between the two of them, Shredder pushed The Alien into the CPZ with Shunt again and The Alien this time took more axe-blows from Shunt than Shredder did. The fight went to the judges and Shredder was awarded the win and a place in the Heat Final against seventh seed S3.
- "Shredder is a bit more maneuvarble, but I don't think it has the power of S3. So it's a really interesting match for us, it's a good test case of the different types of disc."
- — Noel Sharkey before the Heat Final
The fight started with both robots using their weapons on each other but Shredder was hit harder by S3 than S3 was hit by their weaponry. Shredder then proceeded to shove S3 into the Floor Spinner-release button, Shredder then started taking more hits from S3 buckling its disc and having bits of metal getting ripped off (one of which ended up caught in the ceiling) but Shredder continued to fight on. Shredder then spun round in circles and was flipped over by S3 and despite having the ability to run either-way up, didn't run afterwards. Refbot then counted Shredder out. Shredder then managed to run again but it was too late to save it from being defeated and was pressurised into the pit, eliminated from the Sixth Wars.
- "Oh look at the speed - LOOK AT THE SPEED OF IT!"
- — Jonathan Pearce expresses awe at Shredder Evolution's speed across the arena
Shredder Evolution returned for the Seventh Wars, competing in Heat I. It was drawn against newcomers to the main competition Trax and Sub-Version 1.1, alongside seasoned Robot Wars veteran The Steel Avenger, in its first round battle. Shredder Evolution started tentatively, spinning around on the Drop Zone square before slamming into the side of Sub-Version 1.1 and being rammed along with it by The Steel Avenger. It escaped from the empty CPZ, darting across the arena to one of the entry gates, before confronting Trax and Sub-Version 1.1 again and slicing through the latter's side. The Steel Avenger rammed both robots out of the way, before axing Shredder Evolution and getting its axe head embedded in the space between Shredder Evolution's left wheel and chassis, pushing it over the Flame Pit in its grip. One of Shredder Evolution's discs caught and flung a piece of cloth across the arena, before The Steel Avenger raised its axe and left it spinning on one side, the axe blow having damaged the aerial hidden in Shredder Evolution's wheel. Shredder Evolution ripped more of Sub-Version 1.1's front and side armour off with its discs, before The Steel Avenger axed and spun it round as Trax pushed Sub-Version 1.1 into the pit just as 'cease' was called. Due to the damage it sustained from The Steel Avenger, Shredder Evolution was eliminated from the Seventh Wars on the subsequent judges' decision.
Shredder Evolution also competed in the Battle of the Spinners (also known as Spin City), against Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit and Infernal Contraption. Shredder attacked Infernal Contraption, sending it flying into the arena wall, before exchanging blows with Barber-Ous. Shredder Evolution hit the pit release button, and met the other two competing robots in a CPZ. Mr. Psycho came out to attack Barber-Ous, and Barber-Ous was pushed into the pit whilst trying to escape the House Robot. Shredder's attacks on Infernal Contraption had taken their toll - it now had impaired mobility since one of its wheels had been damaged. It wasn't long before it was counted out and pitted by Mr. Psycho, leaving Shredder Evolution as the winner of the Battle of the Spinners.
|SHREDDER - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat C, Eliminator||vs. Mousetrap 2 (20)||Lost|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. Armadrillo, Roobarb, S3 (7)||Qualified|
|Heat D, Round 2||vs. The Alien||Won|
|Heat D, Final||vs. S3 (7)||Lost|
|SHREDDER EVOLUTION - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat I, Round 1||vs. Steel Avenger, Sub-Version 1.1, Trax||Eliminated|
|Spin City||vs. Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit, Infernal Contraption||Won|
- Wins: 3
- Losses: 3
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Entered with Manic Mutant|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Sixth Wars||Heat Final|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
A black, weaponless Shredder also entered in Techno Games under the name Shred. Shred competed in the Assault Course, but lost in the first round to Technomoth. Team captain Paul Hunt described the colour scheme as making the robot "hard to see".
- Shredder once attended a live event, where it was responsible for a "No Spinning Weapons Rule" at the event, after it attacked Judge Mech and shards of armour went flying. The event organisers were asked for this rule by Team Tornado. The Shredder team were later very active in the improvement of live event safety, contributing heavily to both the writing of FRA arena guidelines and build rules. They also ran their own series of successful full combat events under the heading of Robot Crusade.
- The image of Shredder on its statistics board in Series 5 was incorrectly cropped, showing only the middle of the robot, cutting off part of each side.
- When introducing Shredder in Series 6, Jonathan Pearce incorrectly claimed "This has beaten good machines like Mousetrap in the past." Not only did Shredder lose to Mousetrap, but at that point the machine and the team had yet to win a battle. Jonathan Pearce later corrected himself, mentioning how Mousetrap beat Shredder in Series 5 whilst commentating on the Round 2 match, and the clip of Shredder driving into the pit was shown during Shredder's post-battle interview.