Snookums was a robot from Nevada that entered three competitions during the second season of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. It lost in the first round of the US Championship to Propeller-Head and Psycho Chicken, and in the Tag Team Terror, teamed up with the loanerbot Bang, to G-Force and Sir Force A Lot. However, it reached the final round of the Robot Rebellion alongside Snake Bite, but was defeated by Shunt, Dead Metal and Sir Killalot.
Driver Ed Robinson was a sword swallower and fire-breather by trade. The team also had a toy parrot mascot called Cracker.
Designed to look like a swordfish, Snookums was built from a propane tank and was armed with a pneumatic lifting sword as its weapon. However, the force of the weapon was so strong that it broke itself whenever it fired, which often forced Snookums to fight without it working throughout most of its battles. Despite this setback, the propane tank body was strong enough to withstand attacks from Propeller-Head and the House Robots throughout its appearances. Snookums' rear tail was sacrificial, housing no electric components, and was designed to entangle spinning weapons, which it was successful at doing on multiple occasions.
Snookums was rebuilt in The Pits after its main series appearance, losing weight in the process before using the rebuilt machine to collect its first combat wins.
In the US Championship, Snookums was up against Propeller-Head and Psycho Chicken. It started attacking Propeller-Head with the intention of flipping it over quickly, but could not do so, and suffered damage from Psycho Chicken and Propeller-Head's spinning weapons. Snookums struggled to move after this, and its sacrificial tail was ripped apart while the House Robots attacked Psycho Chicken. Eventually, Snookums stopped moving altogether, and was counted out and reversed into the pit by Sir Killalot.
Team Tsunami later revealed that they had an opportunity to flip Propeller-Head, but this was missed because Snookums' weapon was not working.
- "Propeller-Head's a strong bot with a super weapon, we were gonna go straight into them and flip 'em over like a pancake. Unfortunately, the weapon did not fire."
- — Ed Robinson
In the Tag Team Terror, it competed alongside the loanerbot Bang, facing against G-Force and Sir Force A Lot in the first round. It started by pushing G-Force, before tagging Bang, who was pushed onto the flames by G-Force and Sir Force A Lot. Bang then had a tyre punctured and Snookums' sword was broken. Sir Force A Lot, Shunt and Sir Killalot all attacked Snookums, the latter throwing it upside-down. Shunt than axed Snookums and the immobile Bang, before Sir Force A Lot pitted Bang, and Snookums, who was flipped.
Snookums also participated in the Robot Rebellion. It faced Medusa Oblongotta in the first round and finally managed to use its sword to lift Medusa Oblongotta up. Snookums then used its tail to entangle Medusa Oblongotta's blade and push it into the CPZ where it was finished off by the House Robots.
In the second round, it faced Ninjitsu. Despite taking much punishment from Ninjitsu's blade, it still managed to use its sword to lift Ninjitsu up. A piece of Snookums' face got caught in Ninjitsu's blade, stopping it. Sergeant Bash then grabbed hold of Snookums' tail but it managed to get away and win on a judges' decision, albeit this was an extremely close split decision.
In the final battle, Snookums and Snake Bite faced the House Robots Dead Metal and Shunt. Snookums managed to stab Shunt with its sword, but couldn't overturn it. Sir Killalot then entered the arena and picked Snookums up and tossed it onto its back where it couldn't self-right. Snookums was then picked up and spun around by Sir Killalot again. Snookums ended up on The Drop Zone, where an organ landed on it, and Snookums was then pitted along with Snake Bite, having lost the challenge.
|SNOOKUMS - RESULTS|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. Propeller-Head, Psycho Chicken||Eliminated|
|Tag Team Terror|
Competing with Bang, Round 1
|Round 1||vs. G-Force & Sir Force A Lot||Lost|
Rebellion (with Snake Bite)
|Round 1||vs. Medusa Oblongata||Won|
|Round 2||vs. Ninjitsu||Won|
|Final||vs. Dead Metal, Shunt & Sir Killalot||Lost|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 3
|Main Series||Snookums Series Record|
|Season 1||Did not enter|
|Season 2||Heat, Round 1|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Snookums also entered Season 2 of Robotica under the name Fin-Tastic.
Snookums acted as a House Robot called Lone Shark for the 2002 4th annual Robojoust event in Las Vegas, which was hosted by Ed Robinson. Lone Shark was re-painted black and featured a set of jaws, but it was only used for the first few fights, and remained motionless for all the rest until it was removed from the arena. Lone Shark also competed at the 3rd Steel Conflict in 2003.
They also created lightweight Robot-X and Heavyweight (Heavyweight after Battlebots) P.T. Bruiser for BattleBots. Robot X was later part of the clusterbot Ding Bot X and then converted into Spike.
For the 2018 season of BattleBots, to be aired on Discovery Channel and Science Channel, Ed Robinson and John Hoffman built a new machine, Sharkoprion. This carries on the team's theme of shark-based robots, and is an invertible robot armed with a vertical spinning disc, and a decorative swinging tail; the name being inspired by the prehistoric shark Helicoprion. Its first battle was a rumble against fellow sea creature-themed robot Kraken, and Deviled Egg. Sharkoprion emerged victorious after overturning Deviled Egg with a blow, while Kraken lost mobility as a result of a damaged wheel.
- Snookums was one of the only robots to use an entanglement device successfully, ceasing the blade of Ninjitsu.