Twilight Foundry Robotics is the team behind BattleBots Update. Our bot building philosophy is “cheap is good, free is better” and the overwhelming majority of our robots are built predominately from parts salvaged from toys, consumer electronics, and appliances. Our very first robot, Metalhead, was built in 2000 out of a radio controlled hobby tank and a VCR.
While we do take competition seriously, we also consider ourselves somewhat of an “entertainment team” and our creations are frequently favorites with audiences. Our team and bots have appeared in promotional media for LEGO Mindstorms (2003) and Del Mar College (2004). We also built animatronic props for the web series The Radio F Show (2006), Grinders (2009), and Gatorbox (2016). Additionally, we’ve acted as design consultants for various mechanical cosplay outfits and props.
Having fun is our #1 priority above all, including winning. We take a very basic and proven approach to building robots in an effort to show younger fans they can absolutely get involved when it comes to not just building bots but getting into engineering in general. We are always more than happy to talk to curious fans about how our robots work and will gladly “pop the hood” to show what everything looks like. Inspiring the next generation of leaders is our goal and if we can get even just one kid inspired to take up a STEM education then that’s a job well done to us.
Below are all of our robotic creations throughout the years (including non-combat ones). Clicking on a thumbnail will take you to that robot’s page with information, additional photos, fight summaries, and video content (if available).
OPEN CLASS (1-6 LB.)
THE FATAL CONTRAPTION
MISCELLANEOUS / NON-COMBAT
UNTITLED MINDSTORMS ROBOT