FIGURE 6. Antweight
bot Fangus Ultimate.
bot Box #5.
FIGURE 7. Antweight
FIGURE 8. Antweight bots Fangus Ultimate
FIGURE 9. Beetleweight
bot One Fierce
Beetleweight bot Ripto.
distance as Antelope’s steel front
plate was effective and all Fangus
Ultimate could do was repeatedly
ride up on Antelope’s front end
(Figure 8). Fangus Ultimate never
got a “bite” of Antelope and as a
result, the judges gave the nod
and the Antweight title to
Antelope. Matt Benjamin, driving
team namesake bot, Mateo, won
the Ant rumble.
The Beetleweight class definitely
had the most twists and turns in the
story line. Gene Burbeck of Team
Fierce Robots and his creation,
One Fierce Lawn Boy (Figure 9),
defeated always tough Kyle Singer
and his bot Ripto (Figure 10) in
third round action. One Fierce Lawn
Boy then took out Jamison Go’s bot,
Cake (Figure 11), in the fourth
round of the winner’s bracket to
make it to the final match.
Cake’s weapon is a spinning
steel drum, and is unique in that
both the brushless drive motor and
the electronic speed controller are
housed inside the spinning drum.
That makes for an effective weapon,
as well as some interesting gyro
In an interesting turn of events,
lone female competitor Moraima
FIGURE 4. Fleaweight
bot Baby V.
Ortiz, Team Danger Zone, and her
creation Foofie (Figure 12 — note
the matching flowers in her hair),
suffered what appeared to be a
career-ending injury at the hands of
Cake in first round action, but came
back and made it to the fourth
round of the loser’s bracket before
being eliminated by Ripto. Along the
way, Foofie went up against Evan
Steeves and his bot Hexxus (Figure
13). Steeves, in a true show of
sportsmanship, decided not to
spin-up the weapon on Hexxus for
his match with Foofie, and Foofie
promptly stuck him on the wall
where Hexxus was counted out by
the judges for no movement! It was
the upset of the day.
Steeves had a tough day, but
was named BotBlast “Rookie of the
Year” by event organizer Campbell.
The Beetleweight class also featured
the event’s youngest competitor —
Brandon Young — shown getting
some help from his dad before a
match (Figure 14).
The final bout in the Beetle
FIGURE 12. Moraima Ortiz and her
Beetleweight bot Foofie.
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