Free Shipping is a heavyweight robot that competed in both seasons of the BattleBots reboot on Discovery and Science. It was built by Gary Gin, who is well known for being a very skilled driver, both in BattleBots and other events and is capable of driving upside down using the black bars attached to its forklift. This version didn't do so well, going 1-3, partly due to its forklift lacking the leverage and power needed to successfully lift other bots.
Despite its poor performance, it was a crowd favorite, most notably being up in flames and still being driveable despite sustaining considerable damage, mainly from both HUGE and WAR Hawk.
For Season 4, the version did better than its previous form, going 3-2 in the main competition, but would ultimately not go onto the Top 16. As a bonus for the team, long time veteran Stephen Felk returned.
Gary Gin also competed with The Big B in Battlebots, using it RoboGames as well, up till 2013.
For unknown reasons, Free Shipping dropped out of Season 5.
Free Shipping is meant to look like a shipping truck. It is a four-wheeled box-shaped robot similar to Original Sin, one of its builder's other robots, and armed with a forklift and flamethrower. For Season 4, it sported a design even closer to Original Sin, while its forklift and flamethrower were completely remade. The forklift was mounted onto a lifting arm with the flamethrowers being mounted on the arm as well, while the orange section at the rear now formed around the lifting arm instead of just behind it.
Discovery Season 3
Free Shipping's first ever battle was against Mecha Rampage and DUCK! as part of a rumble. When the rumble began, Free Shipping was off to an okay start until Mecha Rampage tore off one of its wheels. Making matters worse, Free Shipping was flipped over by DUCK! and had trouble maneuvering and/or self-righting. Eventually, Free Shipping got back onto its remaining wheels and continued, only to take more punishment from Mecha Rampage, losing one of its front forks. Despite using its flame thrower, it was tossed through the air multiple times by DUCK! before time ran out. In the end, DUCK! was declared the winner by a 3-0 judges decision.
Free Shipping had its first single battle against HUGE. For this match, Free Shipping added some extra spikes in hopes of snaring HUGE's wheels. The match began rather poorly for Free Shipping as the first hit bent up one of the two forks, leaving it useless to use against HUGE. Free Shipping continued to attack and had its top support cage broken. After more impacts, Free Shipping's flamethrower had become bent such that the flames were actually cooking Free Shipping itself. Still, Free Shipping continued to attack, nearly getting flipped over and losing the side plate. As time began to run out, Free Shipping managed to get HUGE nearly on its side near the pulverizer, but HUGE toppled back down and resumed the fight. Time ran out with Free Shipping flipped over and in the end, the judges awarded a 2-1 split decision for HUGE.
Next up for Free Shipping was HyperShock, which had come off an easy win over Battle Royale With Cheese. For this fight, Free Shipping added a front wedge plate to protect the lifting forks from HyperShock's weapon. The match started off pretty evenly with neither robot getting the advantage. However, Free Shipping managed to flip HyperShock near the screws and kept on it with the flamethrower. Free Shipping then took a hit from its opponent, but didn't suffer much visible damage. After some maneuvering, Free Shipping started attacking its opponent again, which had gotten flipped over again and wasn't able to self-right. Free Shipping backed off and HyperShock was counted out, giving Free Shipping the win by KO.
Free Shipping next participated in a last-ditch effort to hopefully make the top 16 against WAR Hawk. For this fight, Free Shipping added a front wedge plate to the top of the forks to hopefully keep WAR Hawk at bay and/or control the fight. The match got underway and Free Shipping was successfully keeping WAR Hawk at bay. However, this didn't last long as Free Shipping started to take damage, notably to the front lifting forks, which were now bent upward in the middle. Nevertheless, Free Shipping continued to attack and was thrown on its back with its lifting forks dangling nearby, but quickly used the arena barrier to self-right. Free Shipping continued to take punishment from WAR Hawk and was thrown onto its side. Free Shipping struggled around until the killsaws helped it back over. Free Shipping was still unwilling to quit and was thrown onto its back, taking the BattleBots sign on the side of the arena with it. Free Shipping was pretty much now at the mercy of WAR Hawk and took another hit, shredding the BattleBots sign in the process. Luckily for Free Shipping, WAR Hawk's weapon stopped working, but there was little Free Shipping could do as the flames were now cooking itself once again. Time ran out and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to WAR Hawk.
Discovery Season 4
First up for Free Shipping was Team Whyachi's new robot Hydra. Free Shipping was off to a good start as they had the lower wedges and were able to shove Hydra around a few times, while Hydra kept mistiming its flips. However, Free Shipping was soon thrown into the air by Hydra but landed upright. Free Shipping got in another attack before getting flipped again and thrown onto their back. Before Free Shipping could attempt to self-right, they were shoved into the corner, where it couldn't self-right because their lifting arm was disabled. Free Shipping stayed upside down and was counted out, giving Hydra the win by KO.
Free Shipping's next opponent was former semi-finalist, Greg Gibson and Yeti. In response, Free Shipping stuck with its traditional set-up featuring the wedgelets and the lifting arm. When the match began, Free Shipping was on the attack, throwing flames at Yeti while also not sustaining much damage. Free Shipping managed to get under Yeti and shove it around, but then took damage to its lifting arm and the casing for its flamethrower. Free Shipping battled on and lost the rest of its flamethrower's casing and was now left with a bent lifting arm. Free Shipping took damage to its wheels, losing one as well, and survived to a judges decision, which ruled unanimously for Yeti.
Free Shipping next faced Bronco, who had come off a somewhat disappointing loss to Bite Force. The match started fairly evenly as both robots looked for an opening. Free Shipping began to take some control as they pushed Bronco around a bit. Bronco missed with their flipper twice, the second flip causing it to buckle inward. Free Shipping collided with Bronco again, fixing the flipper issue, but making it quite fragile. Free Shipping took Bronco to the screws and Bronco's flipper snapped off near the top of the bend. With Bronco weaponless, Free Shipping fearlessly charged into Bronco, throwing flames toward it in the process. With little to fear of its opponent, Free Shipping attacked Bronco, whom struggled to make much of a counter attack at any point. Time ran out and the judges gave Free Shipping a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Fresh off its victory over Bronco, Free Shipping was now against Railgun MAX. Free Shipping started off the match by getting thrown into the air but landing upright. Free Shipping continued to use its front wedgelets to absorb the impacts and keep the lifting arm away from Railgun MAX's weapon. Free Shipping was taking the better of the collisions and eventually had Railgun MAX on top of them, losing one of its protective covers. Free Shipping managed to shove Railgun MAX into the arena barrier before losing a tire from its opponent's attack. Luckily, Free Shipping could still drive relatively well on three wheels and Railgun MAX had lost the use of its weapon. Time ran out with both robots still mobile and Free Shipping won a 2-1 split decision, due to Railgun MAX lacking aggression when Free Shipping was upside down throughout the match and the loss of their eggbeater.
Free Shipping also had a match against Fuzzy Mauldin and Texas Twister. In response, Free Shipping was equipped with a new orange plow to absorb hits from Texas Twister's weapon. However as the match got underway, both robots were very tentative, refusing to get too close to one another. Eventually, Free Shipping moved in and took two hits from Texas Twister's disc, causing only minor damage. Sensing that they have the advantage, Free Shipping began to corral Texas Twister, pushing it into the arena barrier and on top of the screws. Texas Twister escaped but Free Shipping stayed on them, eventually causing Texas Twister's weapon to stop working. Time ran out just after Free Shipping got Texas Twister back on the screws. The judges awarded Free Shipping a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Amazon Alexa BattleBots Challenge
After the main tournament, Free Shipping was one of ten robots selected to compete in a live stream event in Las Vegas, Nevada called BattleBots Challenge where it would be competing for the Giant Bolt trophy. For this event, Free Shipping was placed up against former semifinalist, and the bot it upset in the undercards, Bronco. For this fight, Free Shipping opted to go with the version of the lifter with the wedge. When the match began, Free Shipping was quickly tossed into the air but was equally quick to right itself. Bronco then miss-timed a flip and ended up on top, allowing Free Shipping to shove it around. However, Bronco got free and Free Shipping was tossed twice more, ending up upside down with its back to the Screws. Luckily, Bronco was there to give it a bit of an assist but as Free Shipping attempted to get back over, it was launched high into the air, nearly ending up on top of the pulverizer. This damaged Free Shipping's lifting arm and caused some minor damage to the housing for its flamethrower's fuel tank. Free Shipping was toppled over but with its lifting arm stuck up, it had some mobility but Bronco took advantage by tossing it onto the screws. Free Shipping did its best to try and get off but ended up even further between the screws and the arena barrier and was counted out, giving Bronco the win by KO. Because it lost in the opening round, Free Shipping was ineligible to be chosen by the crowd to compete for the championship and was eliminated.
- Wins: 4
- Losses: 6
|Discovery Season 3||HyperShock (Undercard Match)||DUCK! (Undercard Rumble)|
HUGE (Undercard Match)
WAR Hawk (Undercard Match)
|Discovery Season 4||Bronco (Undercard Match)
Railgun MAX (Undercard Match)
Texas Twister (Undercard Match)
|Hydra (Undercard Match)|
Yeti (Undercard Match)
|Amazon Alexa BattleBots Challenge||None||Bronco|
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
"If this bot were a parcel company, it would be called "Dead Ex." Mess with this bot, you're straight trippin', it's FREE SHIPPING!"
"It's the forklift of fire. Fresh from the docks, it'll leave you screamin', 'What's in the box?!' It's FREE SHIPPING!"
"Someone call Whamazon, cause this bot is in its prime. Coming to deliver death by burning. Don't OPEN the box! It's FREE SHIPPING!"
"This robot used to move boxes. Then it got fired and now it fires back at robots. It's FREE SHIPPING!"
"It signs for everything with the initials WTF. What the fork? Tine's up, you're done. This silverware will kill you son. It's FREE SHIPPING!"
"Faruq here again with another hot deal that you're going to flip over. With each toasted steel frame, you'll get a set of burnt up tires and no extra cost. But if you order now, you'll also get FREE SHIPPING!"
"This bot throws flames like Roger Clemens throws pitches, all made to strike you out. It's got an android rage, that can't be caged. When Gary's at the plate, no one is safe. You're about to get a whipping, from FREE SHIPPING!"
"This bot is very violent. This beating won't be silent. It's trickay! It's tricky to fight this bot, to fight this bot, to fight this bot, it's tricky! FREE SHIPPING!"
"You know, Faruq is not a liar. So hear me when I say to you "Gary's going to set you on fire." Come on Gary, light that fire! It's FREE SHIPPING!"
- A lego version of the 2018 build of Free Shipping fought at the 2019 BrickCon.