THE WAIT IS almost over. The upgraded house robots for the revived Robot Wars have been revealed and they look terrifying.
The new series will be presented by Dara O'Brien and Angela Scanlon (no, us neither).
Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal are all back and they're clearly bigger than they used to be, with a combined weight of nearly two tonnes.
Radio Times said that Sir Killalot is 751kg, a third heavier than before, with drill lance and massive jaws. Each arm can lift 300kg and can crush with 2.5 tonnes of force. Top speed is 10mph.
Dead Metal doubles in weight to 343kg. The saw spins at 340kph and is 45cm wide, and the robot has badass pimped tyres.
Matilda has glowing red eyes and a sleek body and is three times the weight at 350kg. It's nippy too with a top speed of 14mph, and the head can lift 1.5 tonnes with CO2 powered pneumatics.
Shunt now weighs 327kg (the old one was 105kg) and a new "high torque drive" has the power to tow a van. There's also a titanium swinging axe firing every 0.25 seconds.
It's all a long way from the tinpot bots of the original show which ran for seven series and became BBC Two's most-watched programme, before moving to Channel Five.
The BBC has brought it back with a more educational bent, explaining the science behind the machines as they batter each other to bits.
We were a little hurt when the Robot Wars revival was announced, as it transpired that the contestants had already been decided. Given our love of all things AI and IoT and Raspberry Pi, we wanted IN.
However, having a look at what we'd be up against, we're quite happy to take a step back and wait for season two.
Robot Wars returns to BBC Two later in the year. µ
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