- "The whole thing spins around with the tooth blade around the edge"
- — Stefan Frank on The Revolutionist in Nickelodeon
The Revolutionist was a competitor from the first and second seasons of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. It was the runner-up of the first season of Extreme Warriors, but lost in its Heat Final in the second season. It also represented the United States of America in The Second World Championship, but lost to reigning World Champion and eventual winner Razer in the first round.
The team also entered Spin Doctor in Season 2 and Nickelodeon (where it joined The Revolutionist in a Tag Team).
The Revolutionist was a four-wheel drive, low cylindrical shaped robot which used its body as a full-body spinner. The body was lined with a set of steel cutting teeth around the outside, allowing it to cause significant damage to other competitors. In testing, The Revolutionist ran at full speed into concrete without sustaining any damage. It originally span at 1200rpm in Season 1, but this was upgraded to a top speed of 1500rpm in Season 2. The Revolutionist was painted to resemble the United States flag, with the team wearing matching costumes during its appearances on the show.
In the Pits, The Revolutionist also sported a set of decorative United States flags along its top panel. For the Ultimate Mayhem in Nickelodeon Robot Wars, The Revolutionist also had its top panel decorated with ropes in an attempt to snag Propeller-Head's blade.
In The US Championship, The Revolutionist faced Coffin-Bot, Bot-Ugly, Tricerabot, Unibite and Sobek in Heat Two. The Revolutionist got up to speed, but stopped spinning once pushed by Tricerabot. It pushed Sobek and Unibite around despite this handicap, and shoved Coffin-Bot into a CPZ, before it tried attacking Tricerabot.
- "The Revolutionist seems to have gone through this whole thing unscathed."
- — Stefan Frank at the end of the battle.
The judges' decision was given to The Revolutionist, who faced The Brute in Round 2. Straight from the start of this bout, The Revolutionist took chunks out of The Brute's wheels. Brute then stopped working, and was pitted by the House Robots.
- "We should make a nice shredding out of the sides of this robot."
- — Brian Nave prior to the final.
- "We're taking over the US again. It's a whole new revolution."
- — Brain Nave
The Revolutionist represented the Confederacy in the USA Civil War, and faced Sobek, representing the Union. The Revolutionist easily shredded the sacrificial tire put on Sobek, and pushed it, but Sobek grabbed it by the teeth and pushed into the arena wall. It stopped spinning, but Sobek was attacked by Sergeant Bash.
- "Sergeant Bash gave him more assistance than he needed."
- — Stefan Frank looks over the battle
The battle went to the judges, who decided to give Sobek the win.
The Revolutionist also represented the US in the Second World Championship. This competition was also broadcast in the UK as part of the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. In the first round, it faced the reigning World Champion and UK representative Razer, World Championship semi-finalist and Irish representative Diotoir, and Flensburger Power from Germany.
- "We're going to smash them all, but right now I'm trying to decide, which would look better in the pit? Should I toss in Razer first or Diotoir? I just can't decide which would look better on camera"
- — Pre-battle confidence from Brian Nave
The Revolutionist ran into immediate difficulty, as its spinning body once again failed to rotate. It was chased by Razer, which crumpled through its top armour. The Revolutionist span away to attack Razer, but Razer grabbed hold of it again and pushed it into a CPZ. Matilda separated The Revolutionist from Razer, but The Revolutionist was hardly seen again during the battle, eventually coming to a halt over the pit.
- "Well, The Revolutionist might run into concrete with no damage, but not into the Razer."
- — Jonathan Pearce
The Revolutionist was immobile, but it was not counted out, and survived until the Judges' decision. However, this was awarded to the clearly dominant Razer, and The Revolutionist was eliminated.
The Revolutionist started with a first round match against Trackzilla and The Gap. Whilst The Revolutionist got up to speed, The Gap flipped Trackzilla over, effectively deciding the outcome of the match already. Regardless, The Revolutionist hit The Gap from behind, stopping it from moving. The Revolutionist then drove into Sir Killalot and stopped moving briefly, returning to life shortly afterwards. The Revolutionist was the only mobile machine, and safely qualified alongside The Gap.
In Round Two, The Revolutionist met Psycho Chicken. Psycho Chicken brought its egg into action, and Scramble was cast aside by The Revolutionist, which proceeded to hit Psycho Chicken twice, with the second blow tearing a wheel away from the chicken. The Revolutionist took advantage of this to tear off the Chicken's other wheel, leaving it without a method of free movement. The Revolutionist smashed into Psycho Chicken to send it rolling around the arena on its castors, eventually tearing away some of the framework from underneath. Psycho Chicken was beaten, and The Revolutionist was through to face Propeller-Head in the Heat Final.
- "I think it's a sad, sad world that pits brother spinner against brother spinner, but the world is not fair, and so may the best man win!"
- — Team LOGICOM on their Heat Final draw
Both Robots hit each other with their blades, before Propeller-Head drove over a CO2 vent. The Revolutionist then tore off Propeller-Head's spinner.
- "Look at that! Pulled the whole thing out, shafts and all!"
- — Stefan Frank as The Revolutionist tears off Propeller-Head's overhead blade
The Revolutionist then pressed the pit trigger, but Propeller-Head drove away from the descending pit, before confronting The Revolutionist in a CPZ. The House Robots came in to attack, and in an unexpected turn of events, Propeller-Head pushed The Revolutionist into the pit to eliminate it.
The Revolutionist fought alongside Spin Doctor in the International Tag Team Terror competition. In its first round battle against Zanzara and Run Away, it stayed out of the action at first, but eventually immobilised both robots when tagged by Spin Doctor.
This put the team through to the final against UK team Ming 3 and Rick. When it was finally tagged in, it started strongly, deflecting Rick away, but then hit Ming 3 at an awkward angle, which made it "jump" into the air. This slowed its spinning body enough for Rick to safely get underneath and flip it over, putting it out of the fight. Revolutionist and Spin Doctor lost the resulting judges' decision.
The Revolutionist also fought in the Mayhem competition. In the first round, it fought Rigby and Diskotek. Diskotek was immobilized after hitting The Revolutionist but came back to life after it was flipped by the floor flipper. The Revolutionist hit Rigby several times with its spinning body, ripping up its armour. It then hit Diskotek, breaking its wheel guard. Rigby and Diskotek were then put on the Drop Zone where they had tennis balls, golf balls and bowling balls dropped on them.
The Revolutionist went through to the Ultimate Mayhem Final against Propeller-Head and Vert-I-Go. The team had put ropes on the top of the robot to entangle Propeller-Head's blade. However, only a few seconds into the fight, The Revolutionist spun up and then crashed into Refbot, knocking out its power link and leaving it immobile. It was turned over, and thrown by the floor flipper, before being pushed into the pit by Sgt. Bash with Vert-I-Go, leaving Propeller-Head as the winner.
|THE REVOLUTIONIST - RESULTS|
Representing the Confederacy, Eliminator
|Heat||vs. Tricerabot, Coffin-Bot, Bot-Ugly, Unibite, Sobek||Won|
|Semi-Final||vs. The Brute||Won|
|Final||vs. Panzer Mk 2||Lost|
|The Second World Championship|
Representing USA, Heat
|NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during Extreme Series 1|
|Heat||vs. Diotoir (IRE), Flensburger Power (GER), Razer (UK)||Eliminated|
|Heat D, Round 1||vs. The Gap, Trackzilla||Qualified|
|Heat D, Round 2||vs. Psycho Chicken||Won|
|Heat D, Final||vs. Propeller-Head||Lost|
|Nickelodeon Robot Wars|
|International Tag Team Terror|
Representing USA and competing with Spin Doctor, Runner-up
|Eliminator||vs. Zanzara & Run Away||Won|
|Final||vs. Rick & Ming 3||Lost|
|Mayhem||vs. Diskotek, Rigby||Won|
|Ultimate Mayhem||vs. Propeller-Head, Vert-I-Go||Lost|
- Wins: 6
- Losses: 6
|Main Series||The Revolutionist Series Record|
|Season 2|| Heat Final|
Entered with Spin Doctor
Outside Robot WarsEdit
The Revolutionist was entered into Seasons 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 of BattleBots under the name Phrizbee. It lost to KillerB in its first appearance, but won five battles over the course of the following two seasons. Its peak performance was in Season 4.0, reaching the Round of 32 to battle HexaDecimator, where Phrizbee took a large lead before being flipped over two thirds into the match. Phrizbee was later entered into the Robot Fighting League under the name Shrederator. Shrederator was renamed to Shiva by a different team, who competed on the live circuit with it.
The team entered a super-heavyweight version of Phrizbee into BattleBots called Phrizbee-Ultimate, which earned four straight wins against G.O.R.T., Hog Wild, Super Nova and Toro before finally losing to IceBerg in the Round of 16. Phrizbee-Ultimate was renamed Shrederator Supreme after BattleBots went on hiatus.
The team also competed in Robotica with a creation called Mechacidal Maniac, a robot using eight motors to move in any direction. It beat Shannonagains by 5 points in the Preliminary Stages but then lost to future Finalist Ill-Tempered Mutt in the Fight to the Finish.
In 2015, Team LOGICOM returned to the rebooted BattleBots with a heavyweight, under the name Captain Shrederator. It sported a paintjob very similar to The Revolutionist's. In the competition, it lost its first round fight against Stinger: The Killer Bee, which was able to deflect Captain Shrederator multiple times with its wedge before overturning it. Captain Shrederator was not chosen to be a wildcard.
In the 2016 series of BattleBots, Captain Shrederator returned, initially as a reserve, but competed after another robot withdrew, facing Death Roll in the first round. Captain Shrederator won the battle via KO, but was awarded a surprisingly low seeding (No. 20) in the bracket, putting it against Chomp. Team captain Brian Nave showed a grudge match-style desire to win the match on television, but was immobilised by an axe attack through Shrederator's spinning body.
Captain Shrederator was again rebuilt for the 2018 series of BattleBots, aired on the Science Channel and Discovery Channel. As Brian Nave was competing in China, the robot was controlled by son Nicholas Nave, and the robot used more rounded sides and heavier block teeth in its default shell, which was interchangeable with its traditional shell equipped with a high number of teeth. In its first battle of the season, it fought New Zealand representative End Game using its new shell, but was shepherded into the corner and immobilised, after End Game's vertical spinner flipped Captain Shrederator over. After extensive repairs and a switch to its classic shell, Captain Shrederator took an early lead over SubZero, ripping away its back panel and causing major damage, before suddenly losing mobility near the arena wall. Captain Shrederator ultimately lost the battle by knockout.
Team LOGICOM had previously entered the Chinese show This is Fighting Robots, follow-up to King of Bots, using the name Shrederator Tiger Claw. This version is identical to the Captain Shrederator seen in the 2018 season of BattleBots, but is painted black, like the previous versions of Shrederator. It competed in the first rumble of the main competition, and defeated Hunting Wind, Eater and Fango to win the battle. In its next head-to-head battle, Shrederator Tiger Claw caused significant damage to Stealth, immobilising it for the victory. Shrederator Tiger Claw then represented its team in a three-way rumble, under the controls of its celebrity captain Sa Beining. However, the celebrity driver displayed little control over Shrederator Tiger Claw, and drove it into the walls of the arena, while also sustaining attacks from Xiake and Greedy Snake, ultimately losing the battle to Greedy Snake on a Judges' decision. Shrederator Tiger Claw also lost its next battle after being flipped over by Tánshè, but advanced to the Top 8 of the competition regardless.
Appearances in MerchandiseEdit
- Team LOGICOM are the only Grand Finalists in Extreme Warriors to reach the finals less than 50% of the time, and the only runners-up in all series of Robot Wars to bear this statistic.
- The Revolutionist is one of the two returning semi-finalists from Extreme Warriors to make the Heat Final, the only other being Panzer Mk 4.