Switch was a robot from the United Kingdom which competed in Season 1.5, the debut of This is Fighting Robots. It was built by Kevin Cleasby, who competed in the previous series as part of Alan Young's Vulcan team.
Switch was a low box-shaped robot with a four-wheel drive system, using a predominantly yellow and black color scheme. It was designed to use modular weaponry, but time constraints made this infeasible, so Switch's primary weapon is a hammer, powered by a LEM motor, which also allows the robot to self-right. The robot also features two small front wedges to enable it to get underneath opponents.
- "Switch was designed to be modular and therefore have switchable weapons however due to tight time constraints we focussed all of our time into making the best hammer we could which is powered by a LEM motor thanks to our friends at Lynch Motors!"
- — Switch Facebook page
This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)
Switch was not chosen by any celebrities during their initial selection process, requiring Switch to compete in a four-way rumble.
|SWITCH - RESULTS|
|This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)|
|Preliminary Rumble||vs. Unknown||Unknown|
|Series||Switch Series Record|
|Season 1||Entered with Vulcan|
|Season 1.5||Selected by celebrity|
|Season 2||Did not enter|
Outside King of Bots
Kevin Cleasby is a member of Team Make Robotics, who had competed in the UK TV show Robot Wars with Behemoth since the second series. Cleasby himself first appeared as a team member in the eighth series, filmed and broadcast in 2016. In Series 8, Behemoth qualified over Bonk and The General to advance to the second round, where it defeated Nuts and Terrorhurtz in sequence, but lost a destructive battle to Carbide. This still gave Behemoth enough points to qualify for the Heat Final, but Behemoth lost to Carbide once again here.
Behemoth returned for Series 9 and advanced over Cobra and Hobgoblin in its Group Battle, but lost its second battle to Eruption. Behemoth started to redeem this by defeating PP3D, but after applying an experimental new weapon, Behemoth controversially lost its final battle of the series to Cherub.
Behemoth competed in Series 10 and won a narrow Judges' decision over Sabretooth and Donald Thump in the first round, and defeated The Swarm in the second round, to reach the Heat Final against former champion Apollo. Here, Behemoth pulled off a surprise win to enter its first Grand Final, although it was pitted in battle with Carbide and Nuts 2. Behemoth flipped Magnetar to win its Redemption Round, but was finally stopped by Eruption in the semi-final of the competition, resigning Behemoth to third place.
- Kevin Cleasby captaining his own team in Season 1.5 was one of three examples of a team separating into two halves, alongside Ellis Ware leaving the Great White team to compete with Sandstorm, and Bradley Warren Hanstad leaving the Megabyte team to compete with Chronos.