Top 5 Robot Wars House Robots

23 02 2016

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Robot Wars is back. Yes; the fiercest, deadliest quite possibly the finest game show to grace the home TV screen is set to return to its rightful home on BBC Two. Announced just a couple of months ago, a lot of excitement has already begun to build for the return of a TV game show Icon with announcements including who is going to be hosting it in the form of Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon with also the return of Jonathan Pearce on commentating duties, to some sketchy videos showing the possible return of the House Robots. While little has been announced in terms of show content, it has already begun to get some momentum, and excitement is already high. For me, it is a big thing as I absolutely loved Robot Wars and I have wanted it back on for many, many years. Well now it is happening, and I am brimming full of nostalgia. So; while I try to figure out exactly which were my favourite robots for a later post (although I am sure of who Number 1 is), I thought I would do a post on who were my favourite House Robots.

The House Robots for those not in the know were the shows sort of villains. They were a group of robots suggested to be so good that they were unbeatable. They were presented as bad guys, and there was always a cheer when one of them was taken out of action. They were loved, but most of all hated. In more basic terms though they were just an extra addition to add to both entertainment value, plus the overall destruction content of the show. They were sort of like characters in pro-wrestling that would invade the ring and beat the other wrestlers up. But still they were entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Over the course of the shows run there were 9 house robots in total; but this list is really only going to be filled with the best 5, which also happen to be the first 5. So there will be no RefBot, Growler, Mr. Psycho or Cassius Chrome, (or the Sentinel…..or Shove) because no matter who got introduced in later shows, to me there was only 5 real House Robots (the others were more like sidekicks). So, prepare yourself for a destructive route down memory lane, as I present to you, my Top 5 favourite House Robots from Robot Wars.

Dead Metal

5. Dead Metal – Dead Metal has always been something of an outsider in comparison to the rest of the group. He has always been difficult to place nor had much of a personality in comparison to the rest of them. This however has also sort of worked in his favour. In comparison to the rest of the House Robots, he has changed very little. He has always sported a pair of pincers and circular saw. Like some of the others he was updated a bit more by series 3, by having the saw not on an arm like it had been, but instead more on an extending beak position. He started out as something more like a scorpion before becoming something more hawk like. His look has always been off-putting and has not look as crisp as the others. This however is his charm, because while the others are more like personalities, or characters; Dead Metal is more like a grotesque Monster; A Beast to say the least. A creature of pure destruction, sacrificing looks for power. So while he did start of relatively boring, and has not been in as a favoured light to the others; he has his own characteristics and charm, and that is in by having none of those things in the first place.

Sgt Bash

4. Sergeant Bash – The original leader of the Gang. Sgt Bash had a great start to his career carrying a magnificent yet terrifying (as well as very effective) flame thrower, his main weapon of choice. He also came with some kind of frontal ram later replaced with some claws and a circular saw at the rear. Given his name, he was dressed up to look like a military commander, and until the arrival of Sir Killalot was the group’s leader. Sgt Bash always remained something of an up front leader and continued to enjoy a popular career as a house robot and continued to remain a main figure-head in the arena all the way through the series run.

Sir Killalot

3. Sir Killalot – When first introduced in series 2, Sir Killalot made a quick impression thanks to new host Craig Charles giving a live demonstration of the machines powerful claw hand attachment. I remember his debut quite well, and I believed he was far too overly powered (but not in the same kind of language, as I was not even in high school yet). I thought his size was far too big, and his strengths far too good. Basically he had to far and unfair an advantage to everyone and everything else. But to come to think of it now wasn’t that the point? I mean, these guys were villains, they were not her to battle and win, they were here to bully and destroy, and now they had the perfect leader to send them into the battlefield. Sir Killalot was always magnificent. He was huge and came packed with weapons as iconic to that of Bash in series 1. He was big, came on tracks, but more importantly, looked like a cyborg. He had human like features. Arms, hands, even a face that would put those Brotherhood of Steel Fallout 3 characters to shame. He was imposing and deadly; and remained so throughout the show’s run. While he may have been copied slightly with the arrival of Mr. Psycho in series 6, there was only one true leader of the House Robots, a robot so deadly, it did not need any form of back up…..unless it fell in the pit.

Matilda

2. Matilda – The show’s first real personality and everyone’s favourite (for a time at least) Matilda was iconic the first time she rolled on-screen. She was a simple enough idea but came backed up with a whole lot of weaponry. Her charm was in what she was, she was a Dinosaur. She looked so detailed, and was a very close embodiment of a robotic Triceratops, complete with tusks that acted like fork lifts. But this was not all she had though, because she also came armed with a tail, a tail chainsaw, and a cool looking one at that. While she may have had that replaced with a fly-wheel, the chainsaw armed Matilda was always her most beautiful form. She was simple, beautiful but always deadlier than her male counterparts.

Shunt

1. Shunt – Shunt is a little bit different to all the other house robots. Yes, while they are all independently different from one another in look and abilities…and of course name, Shunt has one extra level of difference which makes him that extra bit unique. You see if you look at all of them, there is a certain level of character and personality, suggesting that there is more life in them and that they, as robots are the next stage in earths cycle for the need of a dominant life form. Shunt though, is less cyborg, less android. He does not look like a living creature, nor has a name to suggest it. You see, Shunt is more like a machine. He/It looks more machine like, more robotic than the others. His design is more like a bulldozer than anything else. Armed with not one, but two bulldozer blades and a terrifying axe and suggested that it can pull a land rover. He has virtually no colour nor personality. But because of that he always stood out for me. I like Axe Robots, plus I like big imposing robots that look like they can deal damage instead of just flipping robots up and over. Shunt is not a robot to make others less powerful or invulnerable, he is a robot designed to do what House Robots are meant to do; once again, Bully and Destroy. Using its scoops and axe to pin robots just where he wants them, and then use the axe to kill them all together. Not so deadly an assassin, but more like a vicious tank, plus he just looks unstoppable, and as far as I remember, he was; and that for me is why he was my favourite.

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3 responses

31 03 2016
Matthew

Sir Killalot fell into the pit once and it wasn’t even in a fight. Nice article and tbh I had never been a fan of shunt but, I am quickly learning that he had more fans than I thought.

1 04 2016
numb3r5s

Yeah I really like Shunt.

20 07 2016
Top 5 Robot Wars Robots | Numb3r5s's Blog

[…] is a picture of my favourite robot from the original show, and I have written a post about the House Robots from the original show too. It has been my goal to write a post though on my Top 5 Robots from the […]

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