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Free Shipping is a heavyweight robot from Team Special Delivery which competed in Discovery Seasons 3, 4 and 6 of the BattleBots reboot, as well as the 2019 re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge and BattleBots: Champions.

Four-wheel drive and box-like in shape, Free Shipping was built by Gary Gin, who earned the reputation as one of the sport's most skilled heavyweight drivers due to his success in various US live events. He also competed in Comedy Central BattleBots and early RoboGames events with The Big B, and as part of Lucky for Season 2 of the ABC reboot. Free Shipping was a remodeled version of his most successful robot, Original Sin, but featured a lifting weapon made from AR400 steel to get past the active weapon requirement for the show. Free Shipping kept many of the same features as Gary Gin's previous robots including a long wheelbase, four-wheel drive and a powerful, reliable drive system. Specifically for BattleBots, Gary Gin paired up with Jim and Forrest Yeh, who competed in RoboGames with the similarly-designed Ragin Scotsman as well as in King of Bots with Spin Doctor. They were responsible for the secondary flamethrower weapon, which was a prominent feature on their previous heavyweight. Everything relating to the flamethrower was housed in an orange box sitting on top of the robot's main chassis.

As its name suggests, Free Shipping was designed to resemble a forklift vehicle, a theme that has remained with the team since its debut.

Free Shipping struggled in Discovery Season 3, finishing the main season with a 1-3 record. This was due to its forklift weaponry lacking the leverage and power needed to successfully lift its opponents, as well as the chain being exposed. Despite its poor showing, Free Shipping quickly became a fan favorite, due in part to its highly entertaining debut in a rumble with Mecha Rampage and DUCK!.

Returning for Discovery Season 4, Free Shipping was redesigned to be sleeker and more competitive, ditching the literal forklift for a chain-driven lifting arm with forks at the end. The flamethrower was now mounted on the lifter and though it did not resemble a forklift quite as obviously as before, it did bear a stronger resemblance to Gary Gin's RoboGames heavyweight Original Sin. Gary Gin recruited veteran competitor Stephen Felk for this season, who fought in Comedy Central BattleBots with heavyweight entry Voltronic, and built one of the three multibots which made up The Swarm. Free Shipping finished 3-2 in the main competition, but would ultimately not be selected for the Top 16, one of few robots with a positive record to be snubbed for a slot.

Free Shipping was originally set to compete in Discovery Season 5 prior to its postponement due to COVID-19, but withdrew for unknown reasons ahead of the rescheduled filming dates.

Gary Gin and Free Shipping were confirmed to be marking their BattleBots return in 2021 after a season away. The robot looks similar to its 2019 appearance, but ditched the slightly longer central wedge in favor of three equally-sized hinged wedges with weight-saving cuts in the sides. The housing containing the chain drive for the primary weapon was also now printed to save weight. The flamethrower was also moved from the lifting arm to the front of the robot due to safety concerns from the staff. Unfortunately for Gary Gin and Free Shipping, Season 6 proved to be a complete disaster, failing to secure a single win in its three battles against Blacksmith, Uppercut, and Tombstone.

Outside of BattleBots, Gary Gin made a name for himself as the builder and driver of Original Sin, becoming the most decorated competitor in RoboGames history over the robot's 11 year legacy. Despite lacking an active weapon, Original Sin won no fewer than five gold medals and two silver medals at RoboGames and three gold medals, three silver medals and a bronze medal at various ComBots Cup competitions, racking up 79 career wins. In this time, Original Sin won five of the six annual RoboGames heavyweight competitions between 2012 and 2018.

Robot History[]

Discovery Season 3[]

Free Shipping vs. Mecha Rampage vs. DUCK!

Free Shipping roasts Mecha Rampage.

Free Shipping is toppled by DUCK!

Free Shipping's first ever battle was against Mecha Rampage and DUCK! as part of a three-way rumble. Free Shipping started well until Mecha Rampage tore off one of its wheels. Making matters worse, Free Shipping was flipped over by DUCK! and had trouble maneuvering and 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 flamethrower weapon, it was tossed through the air multiple times by DUCK! before time ran out. DUCK! was declared the winner by a 3-0 judges' decision.

Free Shipping vs. HUGE

Free Shipping struggles to handle HUGE.

HUGE delivers a big blow to Free Shipping.

Free Shipping had its first 1v1 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.

Free Shipping vs. HyperShock

HyperShock flips off Free Shipping's wedge.

Free Shipping roasts HyperShock.

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 vs. WAR Hawk

Free Shipping gets tossed into the air by WAR Hawk.

Free Shipping's left side gets hit by WAR Hawk.

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 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[]

Free Shipping vs. Hydra

Hydra launches Free Shipping as it is disguised by a ball of flame.

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 vs. Yeti

Yeti causes further damage to Free Shipping.

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 vs. Bronco

Free Shipping avoids a flip from Bronco.

Free Shipping grills Bronco.

Free Shipping next faced Inertia Labs and Bronco. The match started fairly evenly as both robots looked for an opening. Gary Gin's machine began to take control as they pushed Bronco around. Bronco missed with their flipper twice, the second flip causing it to buckle inwards. 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 now weaponless, Free Shipping fearlessly charged into Bronco, throwing flames toward it in the process. Bronco struggled to retaliate and as time ran out, the judges gave Free Shipping a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Free Shipping vs. Railgun MAX

Free Shipping gets hit by Railgun MAX.

Free Shipping grills Railgun MAX.

Free Shipping traps Railgun MAX and pulverizing as the time runs down.

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 vs. Texas Twister

Free Shipping pushes Texas Twister against the screws.

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.

re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge (2019)[]

Free Shipping vs. Bronco

Free Shipping is caught in the screws courtesy of Bronco.

After the main tournament, Free Shipping was one of ten robots selected to compete in a livestreamed event in Las Vegas, Nevada organized by Amazon, where it would be competing for the Giant Bolt trophy. For this event, Free Shipping was placed up against former semi-finalist Bronco, who was looking for revenge from their main season encounter. 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 mistimed 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. Bronco then launched Gary Gin's bot 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 fuel tank housing for its flamethrower. Free Shipping's lifting arm was now stuck open, though it had some mobility still. Bronco took advantage of its opponent losing its primary weapon by throwing it onto the screws. Free Shipping did its best to try and get off but to no avail, 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.

Discovery Season 6[]

Free Shipping vs. Blacksmith

Blacksmith lands a big shot to Free Shipping early on.

Gary Gin and Free Shipping first faced fellow veteran Al Kindle and Blacksmith, both of whom returned after a year away from BattleBots. The fight began with Blacksmith welcoming the box-rush from Free Shipping as it fired the hammer saw for the first time. However, Free Shipping won the ground game and was able to spin Blacksmith around and ram it into the Upper Deck in a cloud of fire.

Free Shipping overturns Blacksmith by the arena barriers.

As Free Shipping came back, Blacksmith again fired its primary weapon, causing sparks to fly, but then drove into the pulverizer which temporarily saw it stuck in the corner. Al Kindle's bot escaped and tried to fire its weapon directly onto Free Shipping's lifting arm, but could not make contact. Gary Gin was able to maneuver Blacksmith onto its forks and flipped it over, though its opponent could self-right.

Blacksmith and Free Shipping do battle near the newest BattleBox hazard.

Blacksmith attempted to swipe with its weapon, but misses several times before landing a couple of hits again. Free Shipping then takes Blacksmith to the Upper Deck once more, but Free Shipping's weapon chain is visibly broken, thus disabling its lifting weapon. However, with Blacksmith now smoking and on fire, its spinning weapon also appeared inactive but could still swing like a traditional hammer. Free Shipping took a shot from the pulverizer in the closing seconds, but the fight went the distance with both bots still active. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision in favor of Blacksmith.

Free Shipping vs. Uppercut

Free Shipping controls Uppercut in the opening seconds.

Free Shipping's fuel tank for the flamethrower explodes.

Another angle of the explosion.

Free Shipping's second fight was against Alex Hattori's Uppercut. In the pre-match interviews, Gary Gin stated he wanted to go at Uppercut and try to control his opponent from the off. This started well for Free Shipping as they led with their lifting arm raised and sent Uppercut tumbling over their front wedge and bouncing across the BattleBox. Free Shipping managed to get under Uppercut on the second impact between the two bots, but had to retreat as the spinning arm was getting up to full speed. Uppercut then landed a big hit to Free Shipping which upturned Gary Gin's bot. This was followed up by an attack to their fuel tank which caused a massive firey explosion, reminiscent of their 2020 season fight against SawBlaze. Free Shipping tried to escape while still aflame but its wedges were bent upwards and it ran into the arena barrier. Uppercut maintained its aggression and struck the front of its opponent once more, tearing both wedges away and the right-front tire in the same impact. Free Shipping was now upside-down again and drove to the corner to right itself, but Gary Gin inadvertantly propped himself up against the wall. Uppercut's drive had given way on one side, though Free Shipping was deemed immobile so was counted out, putting Gary Gin's team to 0-2 for the season.

Free Shipping vs. Tombstone

Free Shipping enters the BattleBox.

Free Shipping loses a wheel early on.

Last up for Free Shipping in the Fight Night rounds was former BattleBots champion Tombstone in a desperate attempt to not fall to an 0-3 record. This is also the first time Gary Gin and Ray Billings have fought each other outside of RoboGames and their respective entries Original Sin and Last Rites. For this fight, Free Shipping was fitted with new orange wedges. Gary Gin led with Free Shipping's flamethrower early on, reluctant to throw its lifter face-first into Tombstone's bar. However, this gave Tombstone a chance to spin up as it quickly tore away the right-front tire of Free Shipping. It attempted to escape the corner, but saw two more of its tires sliced in the process. Now running on only one tire, Gary Gin was still able to spin the bot around to face Tombstone as it tanked another hit, this time to its front. However, Tombstone's blade mysteriously stopped spinning, forcing a pushing match which has favored Gary Gin so often in the past. Tombstone chased Free Shipping around before becoming stuck on its wedges momentarily but it escaped. Free Shipping was able to keep its front pointed at Tombstone even despite losing three tires, but Ray Billings got around to its side and shoved Free Shipping into the screws late on. With both bots mobile after the three minutes, the judges awarded Tombstone the unanimous decision. This pushed Free Shipping to 0-3, all but confirming their exclusion from the Top 32.

BattleBots: Champions[]

Free Shipping vs. Icewave

Free Shipping takes on Icewave.

Free Shipping returned for BattleBots: Champions and in the first round, faced former Bounty holder, Icewave.

Results[]

FREE SHIPPING - RESULTS
Discovery Season 3
Fight Nights
1-3
Fight Night Rumble vs. DUCK!, Mecha Rampage Lost (JD)
Fight Night vs. HUGE Lost (Split JD)
Fight Night vs. HyperShock Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. WAR Hawk Lost (JD)
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
2-2
Fight Night vs. Hydra Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Yeti Lost (JD)
Fight Night vs. Bronco Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Railgun MAX Won (Split JD)
Exhibition Matches
Exhibition Match vs. Texas Twister Won (JD)
re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge (2019)
re:MARS Match vs. Bronco Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 6
Fight Nights
0-3
Fight Night vs. Blacksmith Lost (JD)
Fight Night vs. Uppercut Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Tombstone Lost (JD)
BattleBots: Champions
Sin City Slugfest
ROTATOR Episode
Round of 8 vs. Icewave TBC

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 4
  • Losses: 9
Competition Wins Losses
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)
re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge (2019) None Bronco
Discovery Season 6 None Blacksmith (Undercard Match)

Uppercut (Undercard Match) Tombstone (Undercard Match)

BattleBots: Champions TBC TBC

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"If this bot was 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 trick-ay! 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 gonna set you on fire." Come on Gary, light that fire! It's FREE SHIPPING!"

"His special delivery's always on time. And it's a big box of punishment, call him Slam-azon Prime. When he knocks on your door, you know you don't stand a chance. He's the UPS of making U P your pants! Here comes FREE SHIPPING!"

"Moving's a hassle that's never the best, but give this bot a wrestle and he'll do the rest. He'll lift you and drop you until your bot's brittle. Then he'll wrap you up and send you straight to the hospital. It's FREE SHIPPING!"

"Hello, this is shipping customer service. How may I help you? Hmm-hmm. Oh, yes. Your death is free as long as you order before 2:00. Oh, no. We can kill you overnight and make it a priority. Don't track us. We'll track you 'til you're in the really silent majority. Hmm-hmm, thanks for calling. It's FREE SHIPPING!"

Trivia[]

  • Free Shipping vs. Blacksmith was the first publicly announced fight of Discovery Season 6.
  • Lifesize cardboard cut-outs of Gary Gin and various other pieces of art were present in the pits during filming for Discovery Season 6, including one of Gary Gin next to Original Sin.
  • Gary Gin organised a fundraiser for Free Shipping in July 2021, with anybody donating $5 or more having their name on the top panel of the robot.

See also[]

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