Reviews

Robot Wars – Episode 5 Robot Wars – Episode 5

The last heat before the final shows a peculiar mix of robots, ranging from comeback kids to bizarre designs. Among the robots in this heat include Beast, which had no armour – just an exoskeleton; Gabriel, which consisted of two bicycle wheels and a sword placed between them; Ironside 3, which has a horizontal spinning iron bar; and Pulsar, which... [Read more of this review]

Robot Wars: Episode 4 Robot Wars: Episode 4

Image credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan Peebles This week’s episode features what looks like the next big Robot Wars star – a robot that can take on the House Robots… and win. The robot in question is Apollo. Designed by some men who worked as Pontin’s Blue-Coats, they described the robot as a “launcher” rather than “flipper”.... [Read more of this review]

Robot Wars: Episode 3 Robot Wars: Episode 3

Image credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan Peebles If there is one thing we learn from this week’s Robot Wars it is this: don’t make a robot out of wood. One of the competing robots, Overdozer, was made out MDF and powered by a petrol engine. The result was inevitable but hilarious. One reason that it was so inevitable, apart from the obvious,... [Read more of this review]

Robot Wars: Episode 2 Robot Wars: Episode 2

Image credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan Peebles The second episode of the revived series was an improvement on the first, with a lot more destruction from the combatants – at least some of them anyway. The star fighter of the show was Thor, a robot armed with a large blunted axe/hammer. He caused the most damage in the arena, especially against... [Read more of this review]

Bottersnikes and Gumbles Bottersnikes and Gumbles

Image credit: BBC/© 2016 Cheeky Little Media & Mighty Nice The animated TV series Bottersnikes and Gumbles is based on a series of children’s books featuring the homonymous characters. The short episodes follow the adventures between the lazy and grimy Bottersnikes and the chirpy and squashy Gumbles. To be fair, Bottersnikes are rarely the initiators... [Read more of this review]

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Features

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News

UK dominates the Rose d’Or Awards UK dominates the Rose d’Or Awards

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Robot Wars reveals redesigned House Robots Robot Wars reveals redesigned House Robots

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