This is the second time a Team Toad robot has reached the quarter finals (the first being FrostBite 1.0 in Las Vegas, 2000).
Now that the girls have finished writing their science projects, "Tire Choices in a Fighting Robot" and "Battery Endurance in a Fighting Robot", we finally started uploading frame grabs from Season 4.0. See the Season 4.0 Toad Stickers page.
See also our new "Virtual Toad" technology for inserting Toad Stickers into the program as needed.
See our Super heavyweight robot IceBerg on Television next Tuesday, Feb. 19th on Comedy Central's BattleBots at 10PM EST.
We've also updated SnowCone's web page to show some of the preparations for HSRC'02.
For women, only, we're announcing the Official Team Toad Watch out Boys! T-Shirt. The prototypes are in, and we're assessing interest for the big batch order.
Finally, see IceBerg on TV next week, February 12, at 10pm.
We reorganized the Toad Sticker page by season, and for the first time we reveal our initial experiments with a Sticker Bot.
We also have an updates to FrostBite 3.0's page, including a description of our dramatic loss to Surgeon General, and a photo of the gouges left in our spinning weapon.
We've already turned our attention to HSRC'02, the next NERC competition in Philadelphia, PA in March of 2002. Kelsey built a new antweight called Ice Chip for her seventh grade science fair project, "Tire Choices in a fighting Robot", and has entered the little copy of Ice Cube as a real entry.
Check out the Robots page for more information about all five NERC entries.
Ho, Ho, Ho!
SnowFlake will appear as the last fight of the first episode of Season 4.0 (Jan 8 at 10pm EST), and FrostBite will appear as the first fight of the third episode (Jan 22 at 10pm EST). And keep watching Season 4.0 for future appearances.
We've also updated our TI-2 event report to include a few pit photos.
We're back home, the bots are in crates wending their way home, and now we're in that least favorite period of the BattleBots season: NDA time. We've put a few photos in FrostBite 3 and IceBerg's pages. We'll be adding lots more photos to our TI 2 event report, after I get my sleep schedule regularized.
Okay, we had lots of fun with smaller robots over the summer, but now it's time to get ready for "the Show". With 5 bots coming, we have all sorts of changes, from just new kill-switches for the smaller bots, a totally new FrostBite, and massive retrofitting to IceBerg, we don't have a lot of time for web page updates, but we did put up a report showing IceBerg's new lid. We got tired of hearing nothing but reports about how powerful everyone's weapon is, so we decided to report on our new defensive armor. Almost an inch of Lexan and stainless steel.
To top that off, we also discovered that Toad Stickers invaded London, thanks to Tim Berghoeffer and General Chompsalot.
Okay, Mini-Mauler is ready for iHXRC, and Debbie's SnowCone had its first driving weapons test.
Now that the heavyweight results are in, we can talk about FrostBite's fights; detailed fight reports will come later. Briefly, FrostBite knocked out Circuit Breaker, and lost a split decision to Hexadecimator, bringing FrostBite's career record to 3-2.
We are making one more entry for iHXRC in Chicago on Sept. 8 & 9th: a 30 pounder called SnowCone to be driven by Debbie.
We have uploaded frames grabs of Toad Stickers on TV from all five episodes of Season 3.0.
We made a modular attachment for WindChill to help keep the arena clean between fights. See our video page for a 2.4 mb MPEG video of our new Robotic Arena Sweeper
Also, we have uploaded frames grabs of Toad Stickers on TV from the first two episodes of Season 3.0.
We painted Mini-Mauler today. Just a few more tweaks, and it'll be ready for iHXRC.
We had our first weapon's test of Mini-Mauler today. We have a Quicktime movie (5.4 Mb) on our video page.
We had our first drive test of Mini-Mauler today. We have video of the drive test on our video page.
Team Toad will be attending iHXRC in Chicago this September. We're building two robots, an antweight called TadPole and a 12 pounder called Mini-Mauler. Danny actually got SC Tilford's permission to make a miniature Mauler for this event.
Back from our 3 week safari tour to Africa and Europe for the Total Solar Eclipse, Team Toad proudly presents Toad Stickers around the world.
Now that the event is over, we can finally reveal IceCube's secret weapon, a spring steel rear hoop that replaces a static wheelie bar. That coupled with dual quickie tires protected by 7075 aluminum hub caps and the speed of the NPC 64038 motors made IceCube a huge success. Of course, the real secret was Kelsey's ice cool killer driving instinct.
Team captain Debbie and driver Kelsey coordinated nicely in matching Team Crystal tops.
It's over, and we're back. On the Hertz Rental Car Tram, we sat with Lenny and Anthony (the producers) who told us that Comedy Central will start the new season in July. Thus begins the excruciating phase of BattleBots: waiting until you can talk about your fight(s).
We have a few photos in our SFO 2001 trip report's page, including a really cool screen background-sized photo of the pit area as seen from the overhead interview area.