Chompalot was a seed that was planted in Simon's mind after series 1 and grew slowly throughout series 2, 3 and by the end of series 4 he'd decided that he wanted to build a robot and try out to take part in the show himself.

Looking back at the original sketches, the initial concept looked nothing like Chompie ended up looking, although you can see shades of Buoyant in the design. Debs had never seen this sketch before until she looked through the 'archives' to redo the website and she likes the claw idea, so maybe something similar will feature in a future evolution of Chompie?! In early 2001, Simon managed to acquire some sponsorship funding from the company he works for to get the idea off the ground and the build began. The rest as they say is history!

Sometimes you forget just how long you've been playing with robots, in the journey forward, you can often forgot where you've been and how you got there, so when you start looking on old hard drives, and at old photo albums you find lots of photos from way back when. Those photos makes you appreciate the journey, and its fun to look at your creations and see what worked and what didn't work, and to be vilified when you told a certain someone the idea wouldn't work, or needed more protection and they ignored you ;)

So we thought we'd share some of our archive stuff with those of you who have followed Chompie's progress from the beginning. We know that there are some original 'fans' out there, we recently got a photo from someone who had kept a piece of Chompie we'd given her back in 2007 after a battle where Chompie ended up with broken panels, again lol!

Every time we enter the arena with Chompie, we learn something new and build upon that experience, its how we roll and how we as a team and Chompie evolve. As you'll see on Chompie's evolution page, he's had a variety of incarnations and he's more than likely set to have many more.

Although we are also thinking and playing with ideas for a new addition to our robot family, a different kind of robot to Chompie, different weaponry and a different look, but if we tell you, we'll have to chomp you, so you'll just have to wait and see ;)

I do know we've got some fantastic plans for the future, and some that are pure fantasy, for instance Debs wants Chompie to fly (just not via the arena flipper! Been there, done that and it's not as graceful as it looks lol!), she wants him to breathe fire and waft puffs of smoke, then there's the flail tail weaponry she wants us to add, and a large selection of other additions. Some of these ideas will get through, some will not, but at the end of the day, the next time you see Chompalot, you can be sure he'll have changed a little or a lot.