Wolverine was a robot that competed in Series 5 of Robot Wars. Despite starting strongly in its first round battle, it was flipped out of the arena by Wheely Big Cheese, and did not return for another series. It was also a reserve robot for Series 3, but was not used, and attempted to qualify for Series 4, but blew an interface card the night before the qualifiers.
Jon and Simon Reason were also part of the Toe Cutter team in Series 3, and joined the Lancaster Bombers for the filming of the Fifth Wars after Toe Cutter 2 failed to qualify at the concordant time.
Wolverine was a small wedged box-shaped robot painted red, blue and black, and armed with a silver lifting plough as well as a blue self-righting arm on the back. The plough was capable of lifting railway sleepers, and combined with its speed, agility and strong pushing power, was effective in the early stages of its battle against Wheely Big Cheese. The robot also boasted durable armour, and had upgraded motors and drivetrains for Series 5 to enable it to push opponents around more easily. However, it had a high ground clearance which proved to be its downfall later on in that battle.
In its first round battle of the Fifth Wars, Wolverine was placed up against the number 10 seeds Wheely Big Cheese. In the battle, Wolverine started quickly, immediately spinning away from Wheely Big Cheese's flipper. It then rammed into the side of Wheely Big Cheese a few times and managed to lift them up with its front nose. After a few more flips, Wolverine was able to steer Wheely Big Cheese up to the arena side wall, where Wheely Big Cheese then turned for Wolverine to drive up its flipper. Wheely Big Cheese then took the opportunity to flip Wolverine out of the arena, eliminating Wolverine from the competition and ending a good start for Wolverine in such disappointment.
- "Oh dear, Gareth Dean and Jon Reason, there's no reasoning with an attack like that by Wheely Big Cheese!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
|WOLVERINE - RESULTS|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat H, Round 1||vs. Wheely Big Cheese (10)||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Failed to qualify, unused reserve|
|The Fourth Wars||Withdrew from qualifiers|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Despite not enjoying great success in Robot Wars, Wolverine fought numerous battles in live competitions, even managing to defeat Tornado several times.
The Lancaster Bombers and Team Dantomkia worked together to create Spitfire, which competed in Season 5.0 of BattleBots. Whilst very similar in overall appearance and weaponry to Dantomkia, Spitfire was built differently in order to better withstand impacts from spinners.
Wolverine also competed in Robot Wars' sister show Techno Games in 2002, under the name Wolf and finished as runner-up in the Assault Course to Bugs Buggy after beating AAT in round 1. It also competed in the Football.