Nelly the Ellybot was a featherweight robot built by Team Pun-Chant which competed in the 2018 King of Bots UK International Championships. In the main championship, it reached the Top 20 after winning one qualification round by knockout, and finishing second in its others to Furious George and Amnesia respectively. However, before its knockout battle against Saber-X, Nelly the Ellybot withdrew from the championship due to electrical issues[1][2], and was replaced by Blunt Force Trauma Remix.

Following additional repairs, Nelly the Ellybot also competed in two whiteboard battles, losing its first to Meow and winning its second against Straddle 2, despite sustaining heavy damage from the latter's bar spinner. Team Pun-Chant also expressed interest in competing in the Gladiator battle, but chose not to enter due to the damage inflicted to Nelly the Ellybot throughout the competition.

The robot's name and design are both derived from the Toy Dolls song, Nellie the Elephant.


Nelly the Ellybot

Profile image of Nelly the Ellybot

Nelly the Ellybot is a purple, semi-cylindrical robot with a two-wheel drive system which is, as its name implies, designed to resemble an elephant. Its weapon is an electric chain-driven axe with a spiked head, capable of striking opponents repeatedly and functioning as a self-righting mechanism in conjunction with the robot's rollover design. In addition to its armament, Nelly the Ellybot also featured an angled front wedge made out of titanium salvaged from scrapyards, used to offer additional protection against powerful spinning weapons.[3] Additional cosmetic details included a set of large googly eyes at the front and plush 'ears' on each side, emphasising the robot's animal-based theme.

Robot HistoryEdit

King of Bots UK 2018Edit

Furious George shoves Nelly in the pit

Furious George pits Nelly The Ellybot.

Nelly The Ellybot's first match was supposed to be against Enigma, and Furious George, however for reasons unknown Enigma pulled out, leaving Furious George to fight alone.

The match started poorly for Nelly The Ellybot as it was suffering drive issues, and only able to move in a circle. This allowed Furious George to spin up to full speed, and slam into Nelly The Ellybot. However the spinner then stopped working, leaving Furious George weaponless.

Nelly The Ellybot's remaining drive promptly failed. This allowed Furious George to shove Nelly The Ellybot into the open pit meaning it had lost its first fight by knockout.

Nelly then went on to battle Amnesia and X-303. It suffered from multiple brown-outs during the battle, but was able to land some hits on both opponents, some of which made contact with the drive belts of X-303, immobilizing it. The final brown out caused Nelly The Ellybot to be counted out and be eliminated by knockout. The source of the brownouts was found to be a combination of radio and an electrical issue.

Nelly The Ellybot then fought Telekinesis and Elevate. In the opening moments, Elevate and Telekinesis spun up and cautiously approached each other. A ram by Nelly The Ellybot caused weapon-to-weapon contact between the two spinners, leaving Elevate immobilized completely, and Telekinesis to be immobilized on one side.

Telekinesis was able to "Crab-walk" around the arena, and subsequently the two remaining bots made contact, with Telekinesis tearing off Nelly The Ellybot's Titanium armor, and putting large gashes in the HDPE wedge - It also immobilized Nelly on one side. However, the strain on Telekinesis' drive caused it to start smoking and stop moving, leading it to be counted out, giving Nelly The Ellybot the win by knockout.


King of Bots UK 2018 (Insomnia 63)
Main Championship
Knockout Round
Rumble vs. Furious George, Enigma Lost (2 points)
NOTE: Enigma withdrew from this battle due to unknown reasons.
Rumble vs. Amnesia, X-303 Lost (2 points)
Rumble vs. Telekinesis, Elevate Won via knockout (4 points)
Knockout vs. Saber-X Withdrew
NOTE: Nelly the Ellybot withdrew from the Knockout Round due to electrical issues, and was replaced by Blunt Force Trauma Remix.
Whiteboard Battles
Farmageddon vs. Crabsolutely Clawful, Furious George, Spank the Monkey, Hedgebot, Meow Lost
Battle of the Shuntposters vs. Spank the Monkey, Straddle 2 Won


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 3

NOTE: Nelly the Ellybot's withdrawal from its knockout battle is not considered to be a loss.

Outside King of BotsEdit

  • Original concept drawing of Nelly the Ellybot
  • Second concept with four-wheel drive system and broad wedge

A heavyweight version of Nelly the Ellybot was originally selected to compete in Series 9 of Robot Wars, but withdrew after the robot could not be completed before filming of the series began. This version was also submitted for an entry into Series 10, but was not selected. Though the original robot was never finished, early designs for this incarnation of Nelly the Ellybot featured an overhead arm modelled on an elephant's trunk, which like its later namesakes was to function as a hammer weapon.[4]

  • Nelly the Ellybot at BattleBots in 2019
  • Nelly the Ellybot in a promotional BattleBots 2019 shot
  • Sarah Malyan at BattleBots in 2019
  • Team Pun-Chant at BattleBots in 2019

A new heavyweight version of Nelly the Ellybot built by Gus Collier competed in the 2019 season of BattleBots, on a team including Collier himself, captain Sarah Malyan, Charlie Dangerfield and Shane Lale. The heavyweight design scales up the featherweight robot, using a powerful electric hammer. It fought Rainbow in its first battle, but was blown apart by the horizontal spinner, losing in a destructive knockout. Nelly the Ellybot took even more damage in battle with Deep Six, and although the battle was declared a double knockout, Nelly the Ellybot still lost the subsequent Judges' decision.

The BattleBots incarnation of Nelly the Ellybot (also simply referred to as Nelly) made its live events debut at the 2019 FRA UK Championship, hosted as part of the Robots Live! event in Stevenage. In the main championship, it was eliminated in the first round after losing mobility against Deadlock and YOTON, despite landing a powerful blow on the latter in the opening moments. Nelly the Ellybot also took part in several whiteboard battles throughout the rest of the event, at one point getting thrown out of the arena by Manta.[5]

In 2020, the heavyweight Nelly the Ellybot was confirmed to return for that year's season of BattleBots, prior to its subsequent postponement.[6] However, Team Pun-Chant later withdrew their entry due to ongoing travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, instead switching focus to prepare a redesigned version for 2021.[7]

Team captain Sarah Maylan also co-produced the online webseries Bugglebots, dedicated to beetleweight class robots, and took on the role of pit reporter for this series.



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