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The Drop Zone was an arena hazard introduced in the UK and international series of Robot Wars filmed around 2002. Immobilised robots would be placed on a black square with a yellow cross and red border placed roughly in the centre of the arena, close to the Pit, where heavy objects including ovens, washing machines, ocean buoys and assortments of balls would be dropped on them.

The Drop Zone was first used in the second season of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, with the first robot to have an object dropped onto it being Unibite 2.0 in the Heat C Final. It was used in all UK and international series filmed thereafter; the first usage of the Drop Zone in the UK Series came in Series 6, where it dropped a washing machine on Robochicken in the first round of Heat B. A thunderclap sound effect was used in the Drop Zone's appearances in US Season 2, Nickelodeon Robot Wars and UK Series 7, which played whenever an object was dropped. The Drop Zone square was initially seen in UK Series 5 and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme, but did not serve any clear purpose at the time.

The objects used for the Drop Zone varied in between series; for Nickelodeon Robot Wars, less serious objects such as scrap metal and sports equipment were used in an effort to maintain the series' appeal to younger audiences. Meanwhile, at one point during the Grand Final of German Robot Wars, previously-defeated competitor Golem was used as an item after it withdrew prior to the Losers Melee for fifth place.

The last competitor to have an object dropped onto it was Hard in the first round of the Third World Championship, filmed and broadcast at the very end of Series 7. When Robot Wars returned in 2016, the Drop Zone did not feature as part of the new arena, and has effectively been retired as an arena hazard.

The Drop Zone was originally intended to have a button which competitors and House Robots could press to activate it, in a similar way to how the Pit and Disc of Doom were activated. However, this idea was not implemented.Citation?

Uses of the Drop ZoneEdit

Robochicken drop zone

Robochicken hit with a washing machine

Series 6Edit

Demolition Man Dropzone

Demolition Man gets a rubbish bin dropped on it

Panic Attack Washing Machine

Panic Attack is hit with a washing machine, the only former UK champion ever to be put on the Drop Zone

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Granny's Revenge 2 is flattened by an oven

Major Tom drop zone balls

A shower of balls lands on Major Tom

Battle Robot Object Dropped Notes
Heat B, Round 1 Robochicken Washing machine First instance of the hazard being used in the UK Series.
Heat F, Round 1 Demolition Man Rubbish bin
Heat I, Heat Final Panic Attack Washing machine The only former UK Champion to have an item dropped on it.
Heat K, Round 1 Granny's Revenge 2 Oven
Heat L, Round 1 Major Tom Assortment of balls

Extreme 2Edit

Niterider TV

Niterider spikes the television sent by the Drop Zone

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Mad Dog, after having balls dropped on it

Battle Robot Object Dropped Notes
Annihilator Round 4 Major Tom Oven
Minor Meltdown, Round 1 Saw Point Assortment of car parts
New Blood Heat A, Round 1 Niterider Television Niterider's spike speared the television as it landed, which was eventually destroyed by Matilda.
New Blood Heat A, Round 2 Maximus Oven
New Blood Heat B, Round 1 RT81 Oven
New Blood Heat B, Round 2 Hell's Teeth Assortment of balls
New Blood Heat C, Round 1 Mad Dog Assortment of balls
New Blood Heat C, Final ICU Assortment of balls
New Blood Heat D, Semi-Final Fatal Traction Assortment of car parts

Series 7Edit

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Tomahawk, badly damaged by the ocean buoy

Thermidor dropzone

A washing machine lands on Thermidor 2

Drop Zone fail

The Drop Zone misses its targets in the All-Stars

Hard Drop Zone

Hard after having computer parts smashed onto it

Battle Robot Object Dropped Notes
Heat C, Round 1 Tomahawk Ocean buoy
Heat D, Round 1 The Alien Ocean buoy
Heat G, Round 1 Cygnus X-1 Television
Heat H, Round 2 Scraptosaur Ocean buoy
Heat H, Round 2 Revolution 3 Television
Heat J, Round 1 Cobra & Pinser Television
Heat K, Round 2 Hard Oven
Heat M, Round 1 B.O.D. Bowling balls
Heat M, Round 2 Mega Morg Washing machine
Heat N, Round 2 R.O.C.S. Washing machine
Heat O, Round 2 Hammerhead 2 Railway track
Heat O, Heat Final Iron-Awe 2.1 Oven
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 Thermidor 2 Washing machine
Featherweight Championship, Round 1 Mammoth Oven Only non-heavyweight competitor to have an item dropped on it.
All-Stars, Round 1 None Washing machine The washing machine was dropped in an attempt to stop the competitors' attacks on the House Robots. However, it did not hit any of the competitors.
Third World Championship, Battle 1 Hard Computer parts Final time the Drop Zone was used.

Dutch Series 2Edit

Battle Robot Object Dropped Notes
Heat A, Round 1 Project Two: Hex'em Oven
Heat B, Round 1 The Black Beast Oven
Heat C Round 1 Slamtilt Bowling balls
Heat C, Round 2 Flepser Assortment of wheels
Heat D, Round 1 Tough as Nails Two Barrels
Heat E, Round 1 Vortex Inducer Oven
Grand Final, Round 1 Lizzard Two Barrels

Extreme Warriors Series 2Edit

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Unibite 2.0 becomes the Drop Zone's first ever victim

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A washing machine falls on a beaten Night Stalker

Battle Robot Object Dropped
Heat C, Heat Final Unibite 2.0 Washing machine First-ever use of the Drop Zone in any series.
Robot Rebellion, Round 1 Night Stalker Washing machine
Robot Rebellion, Final Snookums Organ

Nickelodeon Robot WarsEdit

Jokerdropzone

Joker has scrap metal dropped on it

Battle Robot Object Dropped Notes
US Championship Bonus Battle Phantasm Sports equipment
Mayhem Diskotek & Rigby Assortment of balls
Vengeance Joker Scrap metal
House Robot Rebellion Humdrum Scrap metal

German Robot WarsEdit

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Golem as a Drop Zone item

Battle Robot Object Dropped Notes
Heat A, Heat Final Junkyard Queen Spare parts
Heat A, Heat Final Golem Assortment of balls
Grand Final, Losers Melee Junkyard Queen Golem Golem withdrew from the Losers Melee as it could not be repaired in time to fight; the Golem Crew allowed it to be used as an item.

Appearances in MerchandiseEdit

  • The Drop Zone as a separate accessory for the Minibot Arena set
  • The Minibot Arena set with the Drop Zone attachment

Throughout its appearances in the show's original run, the Drop Zone was immortalised in various pieces of Robot Wars merchandise. An accessory for the Minibots Arena playset based on the hazard was released, consisting of a frustrum-shaped assembly and an assortment of miniature items - including cones, tyres, balls and a washing machine. The Drop Zone assembly could be clipped onto the outer edges of the Arena playset, and the available items attached to the top, allowing the items to be 'dropped' in a similar manner to the real-life hazard. The Drop Zone accessory was available as a stand-alone set (complete with all of the aforementioned items) and as a bundle with the Arena playset (with the balls only).

  • The Drop Zone square in 'Melting Pot', an arena in Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (GBA)
  • The Drop Zone square (behind Tractor) in Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (PC/Xbox)

The Drop Zone is also seen in all versions of Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction, primarily as an active hazard in arenas based on the real-life Series 5-7 Arena:

In the Game Boy Advance version, it operates exclusively in 'Tournament' mode, and as in real-life drops objects onto defeated robots once they have been placed onto the square by a House Robot. The Drop Zone square also appears in the other fictional arenas available in the game, although the hazard itself remains inactive. In the PC and Xbox versions, items are dropped on mobile robots if they drive over and stay on the cross for a certain length of time. Additionally, multiple items can be dropped in one fight, including a washing machine, a safe, an anvil, a barrel which can explode if attacked, and a grand piano.

TriviaEdit

  • Major Tom, Hard and Junkyard Queen were the only robots to be hit twice with a Drop Zone item.
  • In Series 7, Zorro managed to escape the Drop Zone by driving away, having been dropped on the cross after being counted out.
  • The Drop Zone was used in every episode of the Extreme Series 2 New Blood Championship except the Grand Final.
  • The Drop Zone was used in every episode of Dutch Series 2.
  • The barrels dropped in Dutch Series 2 were the same used in the Pinball Trial of Series 2.