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For the Series 3 Robotic Soccer Competitor, see Alien.
"The Alien has landed!"
— Craig Charles

The Alien was a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 5, 6 and 7 of Robot Wars. Despite the destruction it could inflict, The Alien did not achieve a great level of success in the three series it competed in, only reaching Round 2 in its first two wars.

The team also entered a featherweight in Series 7 called Alienator, which lost in the heats.

Team captain Karl Alspin was also part of the Bulldog Breed team in Series 7, and both series of Extreme, despite not being credited on the stats boards apart from Extreme 1. He did not appear on the Bulldog Breed team in Series 5 despite being credited on the stats board.

DesignEdit

The Alien S5

The Alien in Series 5

The alien

The Alien in Series 6

The Alien was a two-wheeled, box-wedge shaped robot with tank steering, a vertical spinning 7-12kg hammer with two 1.5kg lump hammers at the tips and a top-mounted self-righting mechanism capable of lifting 150kg. The hammer span at 1000-1300RPM, was capable of flipping an opponent over on a successful charge, and was powered by a Sinclair C5 motor. It was armoured in 12mm polycarbonate from old phone box panels and by using steel tubing from an old work bench and kart parts, but had pneumatic tyres.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 5Edit

The Alien vs Velocirippa

The Alien wedges under Velocirippa

The Alien began its Robot Wars career with a quick victory. The Alien initially used its wedge to slip under Velocirippa and push it around, making only glancing contact with its spinning hammer, but Velocirippa quickly broke down. The Alien then landed some celebratory blows with its spinning hammer, and waited for Velocirippa to be counted out and pitted by the House Robots.

"The Alien has landed!"
Craig Charles
Alientoppled

Prizephita flips the Alien

Prizephita vs The Alien

The Alien's srimech is negated

In the second round, it faced Prizephita Mach 2, another machine that had previously lost in the first round. After several unsuccessful attempts at attacking, Prizephita managed to get underneath and flip over The Alien, who tried to self-right but it was flipped in a way where the self-righting mechanism pinned in off the ground. Despite the hammer still working, it was counted out by Refbot, much to the dismay of Sarah Asplin, but then righted itself with assistance from Shunt. The Alien did manage to hit Shunt with its spinning weapon but was still ruled out of the competition.

"Unfortunately Sarah, you see, the machine wasn't really good enough. Dad'll explain!"
Jonathan Pearce

Series 6Edit

The Alien's first battle in Series 6 was against former Semi-Finalists GBH 2, the very experienced Sir Chromalot and newcomers ICU. In a very eventful bout, The Alien used its weaponry to bend the front panel of ICU straight away, sending several of its decorative eyes scattering across the arena, and consistently flip over Sir Chromalot and GBH 2. It did enough damage to GBH 2 to send it out of the competition on a controversial judges decision, despite the former Semi-Finalist looking impressive with its flipper weaponry and Sir Chromalot being pinned against the arena wall, the latter went through regardless.

Alien meets Shunt + Shred

The Alien and Shredder clash in Shunt's CPZ

In Round 2, The Alien was drawn against Shredder, which was already badly damaged from its previous battle. The Alien started stronger, hitting Shredder with its spinning weapon, but by the end of the battle both robots' spinning weapons had stopped working so both robots mostly resorted to pushing each other into Shunt's CPZ, and the battle eventually ended in a tight judges decision. This time, The Alien was eliminated from the competition.

Series 7Edit

The Alien vs 13Black

The Alien smashes into 13 Black, but breaks down

Refbot counts out the Alien

Refbot counts out the Alien

The Alien was drawn against newcomers to the main competition; Lightning and Herbinator alongside the 7th seeds 13 Black. The Alien started promisingly, attacking the seeds with their hammer repeatedly. Eventually, 13 Black started smoking and one of its discs stopped spinning, but The Alien's attacks on 13 Black had caused its own safety link to fall out, immobilising it completely. The Alien was thrown by the floor flipper before being pushed onto the Drop Zone where an ocean buoy fell on top of it. Unlike Tomahawk (from the previous heat), The Alien held firm, but it was still out of the competition in the first round.

ResultsEdit

THE ALIEN - RESULTS
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 2
Heat E, Eliminator vs. Velocirippa Won
Heat E, Semi-Final vs. Prizephita Mach 2 Lost
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 2
Heat D, Round 1 vs. ICU, GBH 2, Sir Chromalot Qualified
Heat D, Round 2 vs. Shredder Lost
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Lightning, Herbinator, 13 Black (7) Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

  • Brutal Beetle, the weaponless version of The Alien used at Techno Games
  • Brutal Beetle in the Assault Course
Series The Alien 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 Heat, Round 2
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 2
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Featherweight Championship with Alienator
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Like many other Robot Wars Competitors, Team Desert Storm also entered Techno Games, where they entered a weaponless and red version of The Alien called Brutal Beetle in the 2003 series, which was beaten by Typhoon Rover in the Assault Course. They also teamed up with The Stag (under the name BeetleBot) for the football, but lost in the first round.

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