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BATTLEBOTS.COM BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEOS FROM SEASON 5.0 [SEP 02]

BattleBots had a small production company, DV Garage, doing some behind-the-scenes videos at the taping of season 5.0 in May 2002. Episode 4 deals with the graphics and presentation of bots. I discuss how Dr. Inferno Jr. got his name, and there's a quck clip of Towering Inferno getting clobbered by Ripkin. Episode 8 discusses my fashion sense and how it fits in with my bots' themes, as well as more Towering Inferno prelim fight footage.

[videos from BattleBots]

SAME-O INFERNO VS. TSUNAMI @ SOZBOTS/STEEL CONFLICT [AUG 02]

On August 24-25, Sozbots had its 3rd tournament at Steel Conflict. I entered Lame-O & Same-O Inferno. The absolute most fun & craziest fight of the event came when Same-O fought my buddy Pete Abrahamson's Tsunami. It was great--he kept tearing me apart but I kept coming back to push & shove him more. The crowd went nuts! Tsunami won by a decision so tough to call that the judges were complaining! Pete was so excited that he rushed home & edited together this great video right away.

[video capture: RoninSFX]

ABC WORLD NEWS NOW [JUL 01]

On July 18, ABC World News Now brought Greg & Trey of BattleBots, plus Christian of Coolrobots into the studio. In addition to some interviews and a demo fight between the real Toe Crusher & toy versions of Biohazard & Diesector, there were some Comedy Central clips, including Dr. Inferno Jr.'s victory over Toe Crusher. Make note of the giant Dr. on the projection screen behind everybody!

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

NBC'S TODAY SHOW [JUL 01]

On July 17, the Today Show did a great segment on BattleBots, with demos of 5 bots by 4 builders. They also had several clips from the show, including the season 3.0 Dr. Inferno Jr. victory over Toe Crusher, which aired later that same day.

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

TBS SUPERSTATION MOVIES FOR GUYS WHO LIKE MOVIES [APR 01]

Towering Inferno, Dr. Inferno Jr., and I co-hosted the TBS Superstation's airing of Judge Dredd on Movies For Guys Who Like Movies. The 6 segments included Dr. Inferno Jr. fighting some toys then some real bots, and Towering Inferno tearing up the parking lot. My friend captured all these clips for me & are on his great RobotCombat.com site. Please check out his website after viewing these videos.

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

DR. INFERNO JR. AT BATTLEBOTS VEGAS [APR 01]

The official BattleBots site has an incredibly thorough set of video clips from nearly every fight at the November 2000 event in Vegas. Dr. Inferno Jr.'s two fights didn't make it to the Comedy Central show, but you can find highlights here. Please visit BattleBots.com and check out the action that you haven't seen on TV. Here are direct links to the 4 videos of Dr. Inferno Jr.'s fights.

[videos from BattleBots]

TOWERING INFERNO LEGO PROTOTYPE [FEB 01]

Towering Inferno has such a weird drivetrain that I needed to make a motorized LEGO model to see how it would handle. On this small scale, it's really fast & twitchy (and the power cords get tangled really quickly), but it works as planned. The 210 lb version should be much more controllable. (Crank the volume on the 1st 3 & you might even hear the hammers pounding.)

[video & capture: me!]

PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTARIES AT BATTLEBOTS 2000 VEGAS [JAN 01]

Comedy Central's BattleBots website features lots of videos of what goes on in the pits at BattleBots events. One of the camera crews got my pit crew lad Mike & me to do play-by-play commentaries of the fights as we watched them on closed-circuit TV. One of the fights for which we gave color commentary was Toro vs. Tripulta Raptor. Another was Mike going solo on the Diesector vs. Rammstein battle.

Think we should replace Bil Dwyer & Sean Salisbury?

[video from Comedy Central]

THE TONIGHT SHOW [NOV 00]

Jay Leno entered a BattleBot, Chin-Killa, in the November 2000 BattleBots. In a nice long segment on the tonight show on 11.21.2000, he interviewed builders & fans & did his whole Leno thing. Guess they must've been filming during one of Dr. Inferno Jr.'s fights, for they got about half a second of footage of me twiddling my radio controller feverishly, with somebody's huge hand in the foreground. The creative editors managed to splice in the wrong robots, though. Here's a short snippet of the video.

[video capture: Aaron Horrocks and Ray Alderman]

GROWNUPS UPN SIT-COM [MAR & MAY 00]

Missing Link made 2 appearances on the UPN sit-com Grownups as Circuits, the pet robot of whiz kid software company owner Logan.

The 1st episode featured 2 hair-raising chainsaw chase scenes, while the 2nd explored Circuits' sensitive side with some serious character developement.

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

KCAL9 NEWS STORY [FEB 00]

On the 10 o'clock news on 2/29/2000, KCAL9 in Hollywood, did a story on Infernolab and Coolrobots & our participation in robot combat. They had some edited interview & robot footage, plus a live demo.

[video capture: Reeves Little, RobotCombat.com]

SLUGGER PARKING LOT DEMO [OCT 99]

Slugger shows his stuff in the UCSB parking lot. Slugger was designed and constructed by Christian at Coolrobots. The Infernolab put the final touches on the heavyweight bot up and piloted him for the BattleBots Las Vegas pay-per-view show. Make sure to check out Christian's other cool robots.

[video: Ray Tracy, video capture: RobotCombat.com]

KNXV NEWS STORY ON BOTBASH99 [JUL 99]

KNXV Ch. 15 ABC in Phoenix came out to film BotBash99. In addition to some Missing Link action, you can see the bots & people of: Coolrobots, Team Delta, Team Duct Tape, Team Vicious, Tony's Combat Robots, Chris Harriman, & Don L'Ariviere.

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

LEGO MINDSTORMS ROBOGLADIATORS DOCUMENTARY [APR 99]

After competing in the LEGO Mindstorms RoboGladiators, Christian & I made a short promo video to document our fighting LEGObots: the Infernolab's 2A & Coolrobots' Dreadnaught. We were short on sleep.

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

DR. INFERNO VS. GIGAN DRIVEWAY BOUT [MAR 99]

Dr. Inferno battles Peter Abrahamson's Gigan in his driveway. It was the Doctor's first stupendous victory

[video: BattleBots]

MISSING LINK DEMO AT UCSB MECHANICAL ENGINEERING BBQ [JUN 98]

UCSB's Mechanical Engineering students put together lots of great projects each year. On the last day of classes, we have a BBQ & demo the projects. I brought Missing Link for his 1st public demo. The department supplied a pair of Radio Shack radio controlled cars. Heh.

 

[video: Ray Tracy, video capture: RobotCombat.com]

LEGO STOP-MOTION MINISTRY MUSIC VIDEO [DEC 92]

I got my 1st camcorder for XMas 1992. It was over that same boring XMas break that I re-discovered my stash of LEGO in my parents' basement. I quickly put together a big robot dragon, then I discovered that I had all I needed to make a crude stop-motion video. 2 weeks later and some audio dubbing help from my brother, & this is what I got. Music Sire Records Company.

 

[video capture: RobotCombat.com]

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