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Blendo's final appearance during Season 3.0.

Blendo was an early full-body spinner designed and built by James "Jamie" Hyneman with Adam Savage in charge of wiring the electronics and control systems (the pair would go on to fame as the co-hosts of Mythbusters). It was a full body spinner powered by a 5hp lawnmower engine. The body, made out of a salvaged wok, was surrounded by a sharpened steel ring at the bottom, augmented by two blades. Blendo had a spin speed of 500 RPM, reportingly having a top speed of up to 80mph, and its destructive power was described by Jamie as "a piece of steel the size of a fist traveling at the speed of sound" [1]. Blendo debuted in the 1995 Robot Wars US tournament, and was arguably the most destructive robot of that period. Blendo was declared joint Heavyweight Champion in 1995 with The Master in exchange for withdrawing from the event after creating a safety hazard by launching pieces of its opponents out of the arena. Blendo returned for the 1997 tournament where it destroyed Hercules and Punjar, but was asked to withdraw for the same reason and was awarded a special award. Blendo's spinner was manually activated before the match by Jamie inserting a power drill through a hole in Blendo's top to start the internal combustion weapon motor. Thus, Blendo would theoretically spin unabated for the entire battle. While this made for a persistent attack, it meant that if Blendo's spinner were to cut out mid-battle, it would not be able to start up again. In addition, according to an interview with fellow Mythbuster Adam Savage, Blendo’s original drivetrain was also controlled by the ICE through a series of clutches, meaning that translational movement would be lost if the gas engine were to stall as well.

Jamie Hyneman starting up Blendo's Internal combustion engine with his power drill.

Blendo entered every season of BattleBots through 3.0 - the BattleBox being sufficiently protective against flying debris - but did not achieve any success. Blendo's slow and poorly controlled drive system compounded with its opponents' highly improved armor made it all but obsolete, although it did get some upgrades in its final season competing. It lost every one of its BattleBots fights, including a grudge match against Punjar, one of the robots it destroyed in Robot Wars '97.

A brief clip of Blendo and Jamie controlling it was displayed during the intro to the MythBusters pilot episodes explaining Jamie and Adam's 30 years of experience in special effects, especially model building, animatronics and toy prototyping, as qualifications.

Robot History

Las Vegas 1999

Blendo vs. Punjar

Punjar and Blendo collide.

Blendo's Las Vegas 1999 appearance.

Presumably due to its success in Robot Wars US tournaments, Blendo automatically qualified for round 2, where it fought against Punjar, which it had famously destroyed in Robot Wars '97. Punjar spent the match charging at Blendo, which stopped Blendo from spinning quickly enough to cause any damage and sent it flying across the BattleBox. After continuing to attack Blendo, Punjar knocked it into the wall of the BattleBox, incapacitating it and securing the win.

Blendo high-centered on the entrance ramp after its final clash with Punjar

Heavyweight Rumble

Blendo gets toppled by BioHazard.

Blendo was still to compete in the heavyweight rumble, however. At the start, Blendo wandered around aimlessly, landing a few hits before it got attacked by Biohazard and lifted into the air multiple times, eventually causing its weapon to stall. After that it limply bumped other robots until the very end, where it was flipped over by BioHazard.

Season 1.0

Blendo vs. BioHazard

Blendo's Season 1.0 appearance

Biohazard lifting Blendo

Once again, Blendo received a first round bye, where it met BioHazard (now in a tournament). BioHazard charged straight at Blendo and had its lifting front completely ripped off. However, this impact caused Blendo's engine to stall. BioHazard took advantage of this and flipped Blendo over for the KO (much like in the last time they fought).

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Blendo wasn't finished, however, as it participated the heavyweight royal rumble at the end of the tournament. When the rumble started, Blendo immediately got rammed into by Vlad the Impaler as it was spinning up, bumping it into the blue square. After a bit of moving aimlessly in circles, it got tapped by Vlad the Impaler's rear end, causing it to run into Kill-O-Amp, which ran over the dome and flipped itself over. Blendo then moved into Voltarc, bouncing off after hitting the corner of its wedge. After a tap from Tazbot, Blendo headed straight towards Mauler, clashing spinners and disabling Mauler's lid. After a moment of just standing still, Blendo got rammed by Mauler and Kill-O-Amp simultaneously, bumping it closer to a corner of the arena. After some off camera action, Blendo got hit by Kill-O-Amp and moved into the red square. When the camera cut away yet again, Blendo was seen riding the spikestrip with its shell, moving towards a corner of the BattleBox. Moments later, Blendo was seen pinning itself between a disabled Mjollnir and the spikestrip and getting out of it, eventually spinning back up. Blendo was last seen moving in circles near the corner of the BattleBox until, for unknown reasons, It stopped spinning and became incapacitated off camera. Blendo was left alone for the rest of the rumble, eventually losing overall to BioHazard.

Season 2.0

Blendo vs. GoldDigger

Blendo's Season 2.0 appearance.

Blendo sends GoldDigger flying.

Blendo received a first round bye yet again, where it faced GoldDigger. It started well, tossing GoldDigger around the arena, but once again stopped moving after the impact of its first hit as the battery had come loose and came open inside the shell upon impact, meaning GoldDigger went through.

Heavyweight Consolation Rumble

Blendo wasn't finished, however, as it participated the heavyweight consolation rumble at the end of the tournament. When the rumble started, Blendo started spinning its shell, but it immediately backed into the wall, riding through the corner of the arena and eventually getting stuck on the spikestrip, where it was left alone for the rest of the rumble. Due to this, it lost overall to OverKill and Punjar.

Season 3.0

Blendo vs. Bacchus

Blendo received several upgrades, which included replacing its iconic wok shell with a newly made titanium shell, which had teeth designed much differently from previous seasons for a better chance of damaging other bots. Due to its seeding, Blendo was allowed to skip over to the round of 64, where it faced Bacchus. During the match, Blendo utilized its new shell to great effect, dealing massive damage to Bacchus. With Bacchus in a crippled state, Blendo backed off and waited for the count. However, when Blendo drove over the piston, the hazard was activated from underneath. Unfortunately for Blendo, the hazard didn't simply send Blendo into the air, it pushed the robot's internal components into its spinning shell, destroying Blendo from the inside. The spinbot stopped moving and it ended up taking the count instead. Bacchus won by a shock KO and Blendo was eliminated from the tournament.

Because it lost in the round of 64, Blendo couldn't participate the heavyweight consolation rumble at the end of the tournament.

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 4
Competition Wins Losses
Las Vegas 1999 Bye Punjar
Season 1.0 Bye BioHazard
Season 2.0 Bye GoldDigger
Season 3.0 None Bacchus


Mark Beiro Introductions

“The battle is sure to end, in a screeching tortured crescendo, when opponents face, the spinning....BLENDO!” (Blendo vs. GoldDigger)

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