Merlin 2006

Merlin is a heavyweight built by Team MAD which competed in the pilot episode of Robot Wars: Series 8. Although the episode went unaired, Merlin made various cameo appearances throughout the main series, appearing in the pits, alongside with Turbulence and Monte.

Merlin was previously intended to compete in Series 7, but Merlin suffered from technical issues the day before the qualifiers, so had to withdraw from the qualification process.


Merlin Old

Merlin at the time of Series 7

The robot was armed with a very powerful full-pressure flipper, but was also invertible, similar to Raging Knightmare, another robot from Leicestershire (also a robot that the team would later own). It ran on a two-wheeled drive, and could still self-right in spite of being invertible.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

Although Merlin did not compete in the main competition of Series 8, it was regardless invited to attend filming of the pilot episode on March 1st, giving it the opportunity to compete in front of a live audience, as part of a camera test.
In its first battle, Merlin was drawn into a four-way qualifier against Reaper, Wraith and Monte. Wraith suffered from electrical problems before the start of the battle, and withdrew, turning the fight into a three-way battle. Monte quickly broke down, and was pitted, leaving Reaper and Merlin to fight alone until cease was called, with both robots qualifying. In the first battle of the head-to-head round, Merlin defeated veterans in Team Onslaught, winning against their new robot, Ka-Pow!, when Ka-Pow! drove into the pit in the opening moments of the fight. As the battle was so short, Merlin turned its efforts to attack Dead Metal.
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Merlin's final battle was a loss against fellow flipper, Turbulence. After a close fight between the two flippers, Turbulence won the Judges' decision on the basis of aggression and control. Merlin never fought Reaper to complete the second round, and was eliminated at this stage.


Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
Robot Crusade Cosford 2004 Heat Hydra Lost
Roaming Robots Denbigh 2004 Whiteboard Fight Tornado


Roaming Robots Bury St. Edmunds 2004 Whiteboard Battle G-Man Won
Whiteboard Battle Behemoth Won
Roaming Robots Northampton 2004 Whiteboard Battle Ewe 2 Lost
Whiteboard Battle Splinter

The Wall

Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2004 Round 1 - Newport Qualifier Ripper


Round 2 - Edinburgh Qualifier (1) Ewe 2


Qualifier (5) Kan-Opener

(2) Mute


Qualifier Storm 2

(5) Kan-Opener

Round 3 - Worcester Qualifier Storm 2

Reptirron the Second

(2) Mute

Qualifier Storm 2



Qualifier Terrorhurtz

Bulldog Breed

Round 4 - Kings Lynn Qualifier Gravity 4.1


Qualifier Scorpion

(1) Ewe 2

Mighty Mouse

Qualifier (4) Big Nipper

Weird Alice 2

Finals - Doncaster 10th Place Qualifier (4) Big Nipper Lost
Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2005 Round 1 - Merthyr Tydfil Qualifier Velocirippa Won
Round 2 - Portsmouth Qualifier Terminal Ferocity Won
Finals - Folkestone Round 1 Taurus Won
Quarter-Final (1) Terrorhurtz Lost
Loser's Melee (6) Kronic

Tough As Nails

Fighting Robots UK Championships 2006 (Seeded 6th) Heat E Head to Head Hannibal Won
Head to Head DisConstructor Won
Head to Head Hammerhead 3 Won
Finals Round 1 PulverizeR Lost
Tag-Team Terror

(With Velocirippa)

Round 1 Terrorhurtz &

Tough As Nails

Final Alien Destructor &

Leveller 2

Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2006 Round 1 - Doncaster Qualifier UFO Won
Round 2 - Portsmouth Qualifier Hades Won
Finals - Folkestone Round 1 Knightmare Won
Quarter-Final Ripper Won
Semi-Final Iron-Awe 3 Lost
3rd Place Play-Off Storm 2 Won
Fighting Robots UK Championships 2009 Round 6 - Portsmouth Qualifier Envy


Tilly 2 Evo

Fighting Robots UK Championships 2010 Round 1 - Barnsley Qualifier (6) Tilly 2 Evo

Tiberius 4

Round 2 - Whitwick Qualifier (8) Thor Won
Round 4 - Burgess-Hill Qualifier (3) Ripper Evo

White Knight

Round 6 - Norwich Qualifier (7) Iron-Awe 5 Lost
Fighting Robots UK Championships 2011 Heats Heat C (3) Iron-Awe 6



Finals Round 1 Scorpion

(1) Iron-Awe 5

(7) Thor

Quarter-Final (1) Iron-Awe 5 Lost
UK Robot Wars Series 8 Pilot Episode Round 1 Monte



Head to Head Ka-Pow! Won
Head to Head Turbulence Lost

Outside of Robot WarsEdit


Since Robot Wars, Merlin has been rebuilt several times, but has experienced great success, particularly in the Roaming Robots circuit. Arguably Merlin's greatest triumph to date was when it won the Tag Team Terror Competition alongside Velocirippa in 2006.

Merlin still fights competitively today, reaching the Quarter-Finals of the 2011 UK Championships, after beating Dantomkia and Iron-Awe 6 in its heat, but then Merlin lost to Iron-Awe 5.


  • Despite Team MAD making several robots for Robot Wars, Merlin was the only heavyweight at the time of Series 7.
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