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TX-108

TX-108

Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1 was a series of special episodes of the television game show Robot Wars. They were broadcast from October to December 2001.

One of the events was the Wild Card Warriors, a series of one-on-one battles between a robot that had never fought in the main competition and an experienced veteran. Sadly this didn't go to plan as not only had two of the newcomers entered the main series before (Axe Awe and The Spider were Iron Awe and Robocow respectively), but none of the newcomers won their battles.

As it turns out however, the latter statement was found to be false, as a newcomer did win a battle, but the bout was untelevised.

The newcomer in question was TX-108, a robot with a grey wedge with a vertical hydraulic crushing arm for a weapon, up against two time grand finalists Hypno-Disc, a robot with a horizontal spinning flywheel.

Hypno-Disc

Hypno-Disc

The battle began with Hypno-Disc causing a few gashes to its opponent. After 20 to 30 seconds however, Hypno-Disc suddenly broke down. The House Robot known as Refbot counted Hypno-Disc out and TX-108 were declared the winners.

The Hypno-Disc team were unsatisfied with the result however, and requested a rematch. Team Terrafonics could not fix TX-108 in time however, so the pre- and post-match interviews went ahead based upon the fight.

The Hypno-Disc team were not the only ones unhappy with this battle. The Robot Wars producers, Mentorn, were upset as well, and since the battle was so quick (and according to Fighting Robots Association, not very exciting), they decided to not air the battle on TV. TX-108 would later fail to qualify for Series 5, 6 and 7 and hence never appeared on TV.

To this day no footage or images of the battle have surfaced online and the company that have the rights to broadcast Extreme 1 and 2, Dave, have not aired the battle either.

References

http://www.fightingrobots.co.uk/content/337-tx-108?s=cab3969c905117c9f72e25825713ffcb Fighting Robots Association article on TX-108.

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