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Excelsior, officially Excelsior!, was a heavyweight robot from California in the United States of America which fought in King of Bots II. Built by Team Blaze, Excelsior attempted to join Huang Jian Xiang's team by fighting a head-to-head battle against Deep-Sea Shark, although it was quickly immobilized and did not join the team.

Design

Excelsior

Official shot of Excelsior

Excelsior is a large robot with aesthetic design as its core principle, constructed to resemble a blend of prehistoric fish, including the Butterfly Koi and the Dunkleosteus. Decorations across the robot include protruding scales, two fins at the sides, a mouth and eyes, and a swinging tail at the rear. It was relatively cylindrical in shape, driven by two large tires, powered by MC160 motors. Excelsior's weapon was a pneumatic flipping head, which could also function as a grabbing weapon, as seen in its test footage broadcast prior to its first battle. The robot was somewhat capable of running inverted, albeit without the use of its weaponry, and Excelsior could not self-right. Its decorative shell was fairly brittle in terms of defence, and its flipper reach was narrow, although Excelsior boasted decent speed across the arena.

Etytmology

Excelsior was named after the motto of Stan Lee, who had recently deceased around the time of Team Blaze's build for King of Bots, and Ed Robinson wished to pay tribute to the well-known actor. The literal meaning of the Latin word excelsior is 'higher'. Ed Robinson had originally used the name Excelsior for a heavyweight robot in the mid-2000's[1].

Robot History

King of Bots II (Season 2)

Excelsior made its King of Bots debut in Episode 3 of Season 2, where it was among twelve international robots attempting to join one of six celebrity teams, which at this point of the competition, had already been filled with three Chinese robots each. Excelsior was randomly drawn against Deep-Sea Shark of Huang Jian Xiang's team, affording Excelsior the opportunity to join the team if it could win the fight.

Results

EXCELSIOR - RESULTS
King of Bots II (Season 2)
Main Championship
Challenger Round vs. Deep-Sea Shark Lost

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series Record

Excelsior Team

Excelsior with Ed Robinson

Series Excelsior Series Record
Season 1 Did not enter
Season 1.5 Did not enter
Season 2 Entered

Outside King of Bots

Excelsior 2000s

The original version of Excelsior (left)

The version of Excelsior seen in King of Bots II was not the first machine that Ed Robinson had named Excelsior, with the original machine being a 220lb robot armed with a horizontal 3-foot saw blade, powered by a lawnmower engine. It ultimately never fought under Ed Robinson's ownership, and was sold to a college team for $150[2].

Trivia

  • Excelsior was the first international newcomer to be revealed for King of Bots II, being revealed via its own Facebook page long before filming of the season took place.

References

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ExcelsiorBot/posts/332863144246691
  2. https://www.facebook.com/ExcelsiorBot/posts/332863144246691

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