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 square was initially seen in Series 5 and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme, but did not serve any clear purpose at the time.
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 made its UK debut in Series 6, being first used on Robochicken in the first round of Heat B, and was accompanied by a thunderclap sound effect in Series 7 which played whenever an object was dropped. For Nickelodeon Robot Wars, less serious objects such as scrap metal and sports equipment were predominantly used, while 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, broadcast as part of Series 7. When Robot Wars returned in 2016, the Drop Zone did not feature in 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?