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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).

FAIRYWEIGHTS (150 G)

FIVE-O

KEEP BACK 500 METERS

TELEFRAG

ANTWEIGHTS (1 LB.)

ECCO

GLOBAL DOMINATION

KEEP BACK 500 FEET

SUPER TURBO BABY PUNCHER

BEETLEWEIGHTS (3 LB.)

DETONATOR

EARTHQUAKE

FULL AUTO

KILL SWITCH

S.T.B.P.

SNAGGLETOOTH

OPEN CLASS (1-6 LB.)

D.C.O.I (“DECOY”)

THE DESTROYER

EXODUS

THE FATAL CONTRAPTION

HAMMERHEAD

HAMMERHEAD 20

MECHA DETONATOR

METALHEAD

MEWTWOBOT

MOON TREKKER

POKÉBOT

SHAFT

TERMINAL IMPACT

MISCELLANEOUS / NON-COMBAT

GATORBOX PROPS

GRINDERS LOGO

HURRICANE

KFC BOT

SUPERTRUCK

THA THUMPERIZER

UNTITLED MINDSTORMS ROBOT