Big bad robot warriors

Robots set for smack-down in Texas.

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The RoboGames Texas Cup set for October 18th and 19th at the second annual Austin Maker Faire features over 27 bots, weighing 30 to 340 pounds scrapping in featherweight, lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight, and super heavyweight divisions. With over 25 fights per day, audiences will be treated to all manner of robotic pugilism from giant pneumatic flippers, flame throwers and "spinning blades of death" to body slammers and nasty spikes. Here we take a look at the top 5 big boys -- the super heavyweight battle robots. 

The gold medal winner of last year's RoboGames. The 340 lb superheavyweight bot looks a bit like an iRobot Roomba on steroids. It uses its low center of gravity to get under opponents and knocks them out with a pneumatic punch.

See Ziggy in action here.

The 340 lb Vladiator has championships in its blood: this bot was the BattleBots Super Heavyweight Championship in 2001 and was Runner Up in 2002. This big bot takes a page from the jousting playbook by unfolding a spear and ramming into the soft parts of his opponents.

See the Vladiator in action here.

Gerald took the silver medal in the most recent RoboGames and his star seems to be rising. The 300 pounder uses a kinetic wedge to pulverize opponents.

Another robot wars veteran, the Judge uses a pneumatic hammer to render decisions upon his prey.

See Reign in action here.

Another robot wars veteran, the Judge uses a pneumatic hammer to render decisions upon his prey.

See The Judge in action here.

Let us know what you think of these battle-bots.

Plus, if you want to see some of the other cool robots that show up to ComBots event, check this out.