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Steg 2 (also spelt Steg 2-O-Saw-Us on the robot's sides) was the Jurassic Park team's second entry in Robot Wars, competing exclusively in Series 4. It reached the Semi-Final stage, before losing to defending champion Chaos 2 in the first round.

The Jurassic Park team had also previously reached the Grand Final of Series 3 with Steg-O-Saw-Us, but despite this, Steg 2 was only seeded seventh for Series 4, with Julia Reed and Jonathan Pearce often incorrectly stating that Steg-O-Saw-Us had lost in the Semi Finals instead of the Grand Final.

After Rob Heaseman left the team, he took Steg 2 with him, and as a result, it did not return for any other series of Robot Wars. Because of this, 3 Stegs to Heaven was built for and competed in Series 5 and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme, achieving mixed success in both series. Team captain Rob Heasman was also part of the Oblark team, which represented the Fire Service in the Extreme 1 Armed Forces Special.

DesignEdit

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Steg 2 from the front

Steg 2 was a boxy, reverse wedge-shaped robot with two-wheel drive, a monocoque chassis and armored in aerospace aluminium and bulletproof polycarbonate. Its weapon was a powerful pneumatic flipper which evolved from the lifting tail of its predecessor, Steg-O-Saw-Us, which was capable of flipping other robots with ease and acting as the robot's self-righting mechanism. While its weapon was powerful, Steg 2 had a tendency to launch itself into the air following its attacks, had a high ground clearance at the front and suffered from the same CO2 supply issues that affected other pneumatic weapons. The latter two shortcomings were particularly instrumental towards the robot's Series 4 Semi-Final defeat against Chaos 2.

In its Series 4 profile image, Steg 2 also sported red Stegosaurus-style spikes on the flipper in homage to its predecessor, while the flipper featured two spiked prongs which were also painted red. However, the top spikes were removed and the prongs had a small flipping plate attached between them when it actually fought on the show.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

"Back again after reaching the semi-finals last time. It has a CO2 powered pneumatic flipper, an electric 750 watt motor and the shell is aerospace aluminum and polycarbonate."
Jonathan Pearce introduces Steg 2
Steg 2 Crusader 2

Crusader 2 carries Steg 2 around

Despite Steg-O-Saw-Us reaching the Third Wars Grand Final, Steg 2 was only seeded seventh for the Fourth Wars, and faced Cronos and Crusader 2 in its first round battle. It had a difficult start, being pushed into Dead Metal by Crusader 2 and flipped against the wall, where Dead Metal cut into its underside. Steg 2 escaped by self-righting, and proceeded to charge into Cronos and Crusader 2, but failing to flip either of them and retreating back into Dead Metal's CPZ. Eventually, it threw Cronos a full 360 degrees into the air, before being rammed into the wall again by Crusader 2 and having the top of its flipper set on fire by the wall-mounted flame jets. Crusader 2 lifted Steg 2 and rammed it into Dead Metal again before dragging it back, with both robots eventually being separated by Cronos. Steg 2 stayed out of the action as Dead Metal attacked Cronos, but ran into the wall outside Sergeant Bash's CPZ, appearing to be stuck there as Crusader 2 rammed it again, freeing it and allowing Crusader 2 to continue attacking Steg 2. However, Cronos was pitted by Sir Killalot and Steg 2 and Crusader 2 proceeded through to Round 2.

Steg 2 Iron-Awe

Steg 2 attempts to slide under Iron-Awe

Steg 2 flipper

Steg 2 hops whilst flipping Iron-Awe.

There, Steg 2 fought series newcomers Iron-Awe. Steg 2 began slowly, with both robots hesistant to attack until it got underneath Iron Awe and flipped it over, with Iron-Awe self-righting using its axe before being flipped again. The two robots met in the arena once again, with Steg 2 again flipping Iron-Awe a few more times and Iron-Awe either landing back onto its tracks or self-righing in response. However, Iron-Awe started to lose mobility with every attack, eventually becoming immobilised and attacked by the House Robots after Steg 2's last flip. Steg 2 proceeded to flip Matilda over, much to the crowd's delight, as Iron-Awe was axed by Shunt and had its axe snapped off by Sir Killalot. Steg 2 drove into the wall and was attacked by Dead Metal again as time ran out, with the battle going to a Judges' decision despite Iron-Awe's immobility. Even so, the decision went in favour of Steg 2, allowing it to progress to the Heat Final.

Steg 2 flips Mortis

Steg 2 flips Mortis

Mortis pitted

Steg 2 pits Mortis

In the Heat Final, Steg 2 fought the twenty-third seeds and seasoned veteran Mortis. It started the slower of the two, with Mortis charging straight at it and attempting to push it around the arena. However, neither robot could get their weapons working, until Steg 2 fired its flipper as it was pushed into the wall by Mortis. Steg 2 recovered, being pushed around again by Mortis, whose lifting arm jammed open after the preceding shove and left it vulnerable to being flipped. Despite Mortis finally using its Tanto axe to hammer Steg 2's flipper, Steg 2 finally flipped Mortis onto its back, leaving it unable to self-right and allowing it to push the veterans into the pit as it opened. This meant that Steg 2, like its predecessor, was through to the Semi-Finals.

"Well. Another shock. What a turn up for the books. Mortis go out. Steg 2 go through!"
Craig Charles announces the results of the Heat Final
Steg 2 vs Chaos 2

Steg 2 overturned by Chaos 2

In the first round of its Semi-Final, Steg 2 faced a tough draw against reigning champion Chaos 2. Both robots circled round and dodged each other in order to exploit each other's ground clearance. Steg 2 fired its flipper first, but missed, and was thrown onto its back by Chaos 2, before promptly self-righting, surviving another flip and attempting to flip Chaos 2 over. It eventually succeeded in throwing Chaos 2 onto its back, but the latter immediately re-righted itself, before flipping Steg 2 against the wall and into Shunt. Steg 2 escaped, only to be rolled over and left on its side by Chaos 2, with its flipper jamming open after running out of CO2. This left Steg 2 stranded on its back, before it was positioned on and thrown by the Floor Flipper. As a result, Steg 2 was eliminated from the Fourth Wars, and succeeded in later series by Jurassic Park's final machine, 3 Stegs to Heaven.

"All over for Steg 2... and they started so promisingly!"
— Jonathan Pearce announces Steg 2's elimination

ResultsEdit

STEG 2 - RESULTS
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
7th Seed, Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Cronos, Crusader 2 Qualified
Heat D, Round 2 vs. Iron-Awe Won
Heat D, Final vs. Mortis (23) Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Chaos 2 (1) Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Steg 2 Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Entered with Steg-O-Saw-Us
The Fourth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1
The Fifth Wars Entered with 3 Stegs to Heaven
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with 3 Stegs to Heaven
Entered with Oblark (Rob Heasman)
Series 2 Did not enter

TriviaEdit

  • Of all of the Series 4 Semi-Finalists, only Firestorm and Steg 2 have never fought in an Annihilator or Extreme 1 Mayhem battle.
  • Steg 2 was the lowest-ranked seed to come from a team that reached a Grand Final in the previous series, being seeded seventh in the Fourth Wars.
  • When comparing Steg 2 to its predecessor, Steg-O-Saw-Us, Julia Reed and Jonathan Pearce regularly misquoted it as a Semi-Finalist despite it actually being a Grand Finalist. However, this was amended when 3 Stegs to Heaven fought in Series 5 and Extreme 1.

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