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BattleBots was an American company that hosted robot competitions. BattleBots was also the name of the television show created from the competition footage hosted by comedian Bill Dwyer. BattleBots Inc. was headquartered in Vallejo, California and held most of its competitions in the San Francisco area.
In a BattleBots event the competitors are remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination tournament. If both combat robots are still operational at the end of the match, the winner is determined by a point system based on damage, aggression, and strategy.
The television show BattleBots aired on the American cable network Comedy Central for five seasons, covering five BattleBots tournaments. The first season aired starting in August 2000, and the fifth season aired starting in August 2002. Hosts of BattleBots were Bil Dwyer and Sean Salisbury (with Tim Green replacing Salisbury after the second season) and correspondents included former Baywatch actresses Donna D'Errico, Carmen Electra, and Traci Bingham, former Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark, and identical twins Randy and Jason Sklar. Bill Nye was the show's "technical expert". The show's match announcer was longtime boxing ring announcer Mark Beiro.
After five 'seasons', Comedy Central terminated their contract with BattleBots Inc. in late 2002. As of May 2011, there are no future plans for Battlebots.
JAKKS Pacific created two series of BattleBots toys: the smaller BattleBashers and larger Grip N' Grapplers were made.
Bots made into BattleBashers include: Biohazard, Vlad The Impaler, Alpha Raptor, Minion, Atomic Wedgie, Backlash, Bad Attitude and El Diablo
Bots made into Grip N' Grapplers include: Toro, Killerhurtz, Ziggo, DieSector, TazBot, Grendel, Mauler 5150, Frenzy, and Deadblow.
Tiger Electronics created two series of remote controlled BattleBots toys:
The simple 'Custom Series' robots included Minion, Killer Hurtz, El Diablo, Vlad the Impaler, Doo All, Blendo, Dr. Inferno Jr., and Son of Whyachi.
The more complex 'Pro Series' were larger and had separate radio control of the weaponry. Biohazard and Diesector models were offered.
McDonald's released Happy Meal BattleBots toys from April 26 to May 23, 2002.
BattleBots made into Happy Meal toys include: Ankle Biter, Biohazard, DieSector, Ginsu, Mechadon, Mecha Tentamushi and Overkill. The chain also offered a new bot called "Mac Attack", which was a hamburger shaped robot with spinning saws.
Two video games based on BattleBots were released for Game Boy Advance, BattleBots: Beyond the BattleBox in 2002 and BattleBots: Design & Destroy in 2003. Another game was in development by THQ for PlayStation 2 and GameCube., but was cancelled.
Information on additional BattleBots toys can be found at Mutant Robots.
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