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Team Toad, sometimes known by their offshoot name Team Crystal, are an active team who have competed in numerous BattleBots competitions including all five seasons on Comedy Central.

The team typically name their robots based upon vocabulary for extreme cold weather, and the robots themselves had been used as winter and snow equipment. The infamous Team Toad sticker appeared on many robots in Comedy Central BattleBots Seasons 3.0 and 4.0, becoming an iconic part of the show's culture among competing teams. It even made appearances on Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors and various well-known landmarks. It even continues to be seen on robots and in teams' pit areas to during competitions to this day.

Team Toad WCIV Texas Twister

Team Toad during World Championship IV.

With the return of BattleBots in 2015, Fuzzy Mauldin stated in a Reddit AMA that his entry for World Championship I was not chosen, but did not specify what he entered. He opted against entering World Championship II.

"The first season reboot was limited to 24 robots, and our entry was not chosen. I attended the first season as "press" covering the event for SERVO magazine. I chose not to apply for the second season, because I feared the same outcome."
— Fuzzy Mauldin reveals he applied for the first reboot season on ABC

He returned to BattleBots as a competitor with an upgraded version of Polar Vortex called Hypothermia for World Championship III, though it did not experience much success. The team brought a new robot to BattleBots for World Championship IV named Texas Twister, but again failed to make the championship bracket. Team Toad would sit out of the following two seasons.

Team Toad confirmed in September 2022 that they would also sit out of World Championship VII in a Facebook post declaring their support for other competing teams.[1]

Outside BattleBots[]

Cathadh Robot Wars Team Toad

Team Toad and Cathadh during Robot Wars.

Away from BattleBots, Team Toad applied to TLC's Robotica with Windchill, but were not selected to compete. Following a rich history in Comedy Central BattleBots with entries into various weight classes, the team stopped competing after the RoboGames 2011 with Avalanche and ComBots 2011 with Blizzard. Team Toad returned to combat in 2014 with Polar Vortex and have continued to compete at RoboGames as of its final event with it and middleweight Lionheart.

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Team Toad's logo.

Team Toad also made a brief appearance in Robot Wars. After failing to qualify for Series 8 and having to withdraw from Series 9 of with Polar Vortex, Team Toad competed in the second episode of Robot Wars: World Series with Catadh in 2017, representing the Rest of the World and the USA. However, the team were unable to win a fight with the loanerbot built by Team Robo Challenge.

In 2022, it was revealed that Fuzzy Mauldin had signed up to compete in Houston's Robotica event (unrelated to the TLC show) with Avalanche, ending his most recent hiatus from the sport. Avalanche finished third overall in the heavyweight competition, chalking up wins over Rizon and NEUMATIK, but losing to the two bots that placed above it, Slammo and Deferred Maintenance.

Team Members[]

Fuzzy Team Toad 2018

Michael "Fuzzy" Mauldin[]

Fuzzy Mauldin is a veteran competitor within the US scene, having built each of Team Toad's robots and founding the team. He also owns the Lazy Toad Ranch, a farm which briefly hosted the Robot Club & Grille restaurant. This was unique as it was also able to host live robot combat events. The restaurant operated between December 2002 and May 2003, and has been closed ever since.[2] He also founded the internet search browser, Lycos.

He has also served as a judge for Dallas Area Robot Combat (DARC) events in Dallas, Texas.

Kay Lane[]

Daughter to team captain Fuzzy, Kay has been involved with her father's team since the early Comedy Central days as a young child. She drove smaller robots such as Team Toad antweight Ice Chip before working up to becoming the designated driver of Texas Twister during the 2019 season. She also formed Team Crystal from a young age, and her involvement within the sport has often been credited as such.

Jon Bennett[]

Joining the team in 2016, Jon Bennett was present for Hypothermia and Texas Twister's seasons. Despite proclaiming to have limited welding experience prior to 2019, he did the bulk of the welding on Texas Twister. He now works as part of the BattleBots production team as an action photographer. In 2018, he notably edited Chinkilla into the background of a shot of multibot The Four Horsemen.[3] He also serves this role outside of BattleBots, notably for National Havoc Robot League and various motorsports events such as Le Mans. He is a keen fan of the New England Patriots.

Tony Woodward[]

Like teammate Jon Bennett, he also joined Team Toad in 2016 and has since joined production as an action photographer alongside Daniel Longmire.

Robots[]

Name Weight class Season
FrostBite Heavyweight Season 2.0
Season 3.0
Season 4.0
Season 5.0
IceBerg Superheavyweight Season 3.0
Season 4.0
Season 5.0
SnowFlake Lightweight Season 3.0
Season 4.0
Season 5.0
IceCube Middleweight Season 3.0
Season 4.0
Season 5.0
WindChill Middleweight Season 3.0
Season 4.0
SnowCone Lightweight Season 5.0
TadPole Antweight Season 5.0
El Furro Antweight Season 5.0
Hypothermia Heavyweight World Championship III
Texas Twister Heavyweight World Championship IV

Win/Loss Record[]

  • Wins: 19
  • Losses: 21

See Also[]

References[]

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