Rick Roller


Robot Facts

Rick Roller
Rick Roller - August 2023
Builder Jonah
Driver Jonah
Weight Class 3lb
Body Material UHMW/Aluminum/TPU
Weapon Fingertech beater bar w/ Custom Ar500 Teeth
Weapon Drive (TBA)
Drive 2WD
Power (TBA)

Not the prettiest bot but never gonna give up and always looking to drive around, do some damage, and put on a good show! Built with some light 3D printing but mostly hacked together in the basement with common tools and modeled after some other designs. Our 12 year old captain who is a massive fan of the sport and knows every bot and match along with a dad who's technical expertise is just enough to get by and not blow anything up...yet (Thank You Youtube Creators!!). Trying our best and loving every minute. Grateful for the NHRL community and hopeful to see the sport continue to grow. Rick Roller build log can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB7ACr7pUuE

March 2023:

Our first effort in Combat Robots. Never soldered anything...ever, prior to this (new skill..woohoo!). Totally unfamiliar with mini switches, we had probably the heaviest toggle power switch in the history of combat robots. After an unlucky draw, a forfeit by our qualifier opponent, we were bumped into the bracket untested. In that first round we went up against the impressive Scrambled Team from NH. A couple hits and our motors severed the ESC wires. Oops! we learned that you need to protect the electronics from those out runners. Despite the KO, it was a great experience and we got to meet an awesome team from Scrambled who offered some very sage advice.

May 2023:

Can't stay away. This event we added some 3D printed guards to cover what had been our biggest nemesis to date (our own drive motors)...and a fingertech mini switch...Progress! We also printed a PLA inner box to hold everything in the chassis (admittedly not the best material...which will be a factor) and added PLA wheel guards. First qualifier was against Sinister from the talented students of talented teacher, Drew Davis. A couple good hits and our first match against a team with a mini-bot...hmmm maybe there's something to these things (a little foreshadowing here). Our wheel guards, which we called the "one hit wonders" (staying on brand), were immediately ripped off but at least saved a couple direct hits to the wheels. The match went the distance to the judges but didn't go our way. The PLA frame cracked and made some things get pretty loose. Still a good opportunity to really drive the bot, which we hadn't had much of to date.

During our repair window we had a hub stuck in one of our wheels. Luckily our pit neighbors (and next opponents), Deep Cut, helped with some shop guidance. Much appreciated and it got us both up to speed for the Last Chance match. This may also be the greatest attribute of NHRL, the people. Despite being a competition, everyone is quick to help each other for the good of the show. It's truly an amazing atmosphere. During our match we were able to dislodge a wheel on our opponent and pick up the KO. While this one happened to go our way, the Deep Cut team builds some nice looking and hard hitting bots. We look forward to seeing them some more.

Our first round bracket matchup was against Wormhole. A young veteran with a very impressive undercutter and super nice team. Rick Roller managed to step to the side in the box rush and deal a quick side hit, but after some strong hits from Wormhole, the PLA front plate holding the weapon motor loosened and the belt wouldn't spin the weapon. We knew PLA is not the best material for combat robotics, but we've never printed with anything else so it's been small steps through the design. We also had some drive issues but luckily found that our opponent also lost their weapon belt and had an impacted drive. The match went the distance as both bots shuffled and "chased" each other around the cage with busted drives like the waning moments of a state fair demolition derby. Judges decision to Wormhole in a fun match against a team we will continue to root for!

June 2023:

Guess who's back, back again! (never gonna say goodbye, seemed too "on the nose"). Came back with some more minor changes. We switched up the front plate to aluminum and added some TPU wheel guards that just curved around the back of the wheels. Yes, we tried printing with TPU. It wasn't pretty but it also wasn't effective! One wheel guard got caught under our wheel driving to the corner for the start...not a great start, Since our first opponent was Count Forkula, our Captain made the excellent choice to tape the Fork's natural enemy to our wheel guards...plastic spoons. In the end, we probably should have gone with Sporks because this control bot got under us and prevented us from doing much the whole match. Easy judges decision for them and a good rookie bot!

Last chance match-up was against an absolute top notch Jackrabbit Flex. Got a good early hit on the mini-bot and a couple strong pins. Speed has not been an issue for the Rick Roller but control has been. Thankfully we also learned about Exponential Control after this match and will be able to throttle down in the future. Experience grows. The match went the distance but we suspect our miniswitch screw was not fully turned at the start and came loose. We lost power at the very end of the match, thus failing the drive/weapon test. Nevertheless an honor to share the box with another top competitor and got some valuable advice afterward.

The Rick Roller captain will forever be a fan first and competitor second, so the chance to compete in a rumble was a must...but first a couple more matchups.

On Sunday, faced off against the tough drum spinner, Golddust. Titanium is no joke. Good fight but couldn't do a whole lot and took it to a judges decision that didn't go our way. Still really cool to face off against our first opponents from overseas.

Over the past two events we've had the good luck to be pit neighbors with Money Shot and watch the evolution of that bot. It may be one of the coolest designs and the detail is awesome from the dollar sign weapon to the custom wheel hubs...check it out up close the next time you're in Norwalk. Money Shot was also kind enough to stick around for a grudge match at the request of our captain. Money Shot had, up until this point, dealt with some unfortunate weapon belt and motor issues. However, upon the start of the match we quickly realized that things were going to stop being polite and start getting real (any MTV Real World fans reading this?). When Money Shot's weapon spun up, it sounded like a 747 was about to make a Norwalk to Fort Lauderdale run. The Rick Roller was knocked into its own VH1 Behind the Music. It forced our first ever Tap Out because there was a rumble happening and we needed a mostly functioning bot. Nevertheless, we're rooting for Money Shot to bring some pain and hopefully qualify for the Championships.

Ultimate Rumble time. Just being in the same arena as the drivers of Crashfest, Pawsatively Hissterical, Spartan, Disinformation, Wormhole etc....was an honor. After zipping around for a while and dealing a few hits, Rick Roller's captain in his own words decided to "just send it into Chonkiii". In a magnificent impact, both wheels were blown off with a shaft sticking out of one. Our captain immediately proclaimed it "the best day of his life".

August 2023:

For this one we swapped some of the UHMW for an AluPoly material and added some Aluminum wheel guards. Hold on, that sounds like a lot of weight? It was actually only about 2.3oz over but this time we added...a Mini Bot! We didn't want to just throw and RC car in there, so our captain designed and printed a wedge out of PLA+ and added an aluminum/lexan top. It was an ugly little bot, but it was a start and only 12 oz!

First matchup was against Team Shreddit member, Patient 0. Really tough bot and we learned early that the AluPoly was worth trying but not a good enough material to hold things together. Our back plate got ripped off and forced a tap out before any exposed electronics got appropriately shredded!

Nevertheless, we managed to repair everything and were ready to rock for the last chance before an unfortunate forfeit by our opponent.

Bracket time and our wheel of fate landed on the icon, Calvin Iba and Mixtape. An assist from our friends with some Aluminum tape and we were ready to go. Mixtape could not have been a cooler opponent...well, he could have been cooler in temperature and that would have helped a lot! First time in the main arena area and you know you're in trouble when your opponent's highlights are playing on the screens before the match. Got a good hit in early and avoided the flame a bit to make it 2.5 minutes into the match. Ultimately rubber wheels + fire is not a good combination...unless of course you're controlling the fire. With some sweet green wheel streaks on the floor and bits of rubber stuck to the walls, the Rick Roller was knocked out. Nevertheless, to get roasted by a Champion and a fan favorite bot, was a young career highlight by the 12 year old captain of Rick Roller...and new "best day of my life", something that NHRL has had a special knack for creating.

We may not be the most technically savvy but we look forward to continue with little tweaks and just want to put on a good show. Incredibly grateful for NHRL, all the competitors that make us this unrivaled community, and the fans who come out to CT's best hidden gem for entertainment.

September 30th:

Ever been working on a project and feel good about it but then right at the deadline realize you overlooked something kinda important? But then you're like it's still pretty good and it'll be fine...but IT IS NOT FINE and your own wheel guards disable your wheels. We rolled into this one with some new material, a slightly new design, and custom beater teeth (designed by our Captain). Super excited to test out some new materials and see how the teeth performed. Minibot was also back because even though we dropped weight shifting to some Nylon/CF parts, the AR500 teeth put us slightly over by 1.6oz.

First matchup was against Stratus from the veteran Bad Crew squad (a really nice local group of students and mentors who we've enjoyed getting to know over the past couple of events). Testing with the new teeth, we realized that we were draining battery and probably needed to run conservative or maybe reduce a little weight? Our driver/captain has an amazing grasp of the English language but seemingly does not understand the phrase "throttle down your weapon". He spins the beater bar like Keanu Reeves trying to keep a bus from exploding (raise your hand if you get that reference). We decided to just bolt the teeth in with 4 of the screws..we know, bad idea! Match started with some big hits by the Rick Roller, tossing Stratus up against the wall. However, on the second hit, the teeth bent at the middle screws (mistake 1). After taking a hit from our opponent, one of the wheel guards also came loose and our fastening screw lodged into the rear wheel and prevented any movement. Rick Roller was out with a KO...but two important lessons learned and future design changes that may finally get us over the hurdle. Happy with the way the teeth performed otherwise. If you've been following along on our journey, you know that wheel guards have been a recurring problem. Rest assured that prior to the next Rick Roller appearance we will be making an offering to Gjorfenskik the Scandinavian god of wheel guards, who I'm sure we've angered at some point along the way.

Second match was against Scotties Scrambler, another Fingertech Beater Bar, but this one was running the Athenas Teeth. We opted to go without teeth this time and just work on taking it the distance. Scotties Scrambler was another very nice team and a well driven bot that just stayed relentless throughout the match. It went the distance but was an easy judges decision for our opponent.

Wrapped up the day with a rumble. Had a chance to get in the area with a couple of the Brazilian bots and couldn't pass up the chance. Also joined by ER Stingray, a local horizontal, so a bit of a CT vs. Brazil match. Got in a couple hits and avoided any significant damage. Even managed to push all 3 bots at once into the house bot at one point, which was a fun demonstration of the pushing potential of the Rick Roller. The rumbles are always a lot of fun and hopefully entertaining for the crowd.

Learned a ton this season, had an absolute blast, and made a lot of friends. NHRL is hands down one of the best communities and we look forward to see this sport continue to grow. Our Captain has been busy since the summer designing a new bot for January and we look forward to testing out a new design and introducing Gh-Astley to the Team Rick Roller stable!



  • Rank: #346 in 3lb.
  • Last 5 fights: LWWWL
  • Current streak: L1 (0 KOs/KO'd)
  • Longest winning streak: 3 (1 KOs)
  • Longest losing streak: 8 (3 KO'd)
  • Avg fight time (seconds): 147.1


Year Events Fights W L % KOs KO'd
2023 5 10 1 9 0.100 1 4
2024 1 5 3 2 0.600 1 0
All-Time 6 15 4 11 0.267 2 4


Date Fought as Reached Place Fights W L KOs KO'd
March 18, 2023 Rick Roller Round 2 1 0 1 0 1
May 6, 2023 Rick Roller Round 1 3 1 2 1 0
June 24, 2023 Rick Roller Round 1 2 0 2 0 0
August 12, 2023 Rick Roller Bracket Round 1 2 0 2 0 2
September 30, 2023 Rick Roller Qualifier Round 2 2 0 2 0 1
March 2, 2024 Rick Roller Round of 32 5 3 2 1 0


Opponent Fights W L KOs KO'd Last Meeting
Deep Cut 1 1 0 1 0 May 6, 2023
Buster 1 1 0 1 0 March 2, 2024
Botterfly 1 1 0 0 0 March 2, 2024
MCB - Master Control Bot 1 1 0 0 0 March 2, 2024
Stratos 1 0 1 0 1 September 30, 2023
Scrambled 1 0 1 0 1 March 18, 2023
Patient 0 1 0 1 0 1 August 12, 2023
Mixtape 1 0 1 0 1 August 12, 2023
Scottie's Scrambler 1 0 1 0 0 September 30, 2023
Sinister (II) 1 0 1 0 0 May 6, 2023
Wormhole 1 0 1 0 0 May 6, 2023
Stag beetle bot 1 0 1 0 0 March 2, 2024
Crush 1 0 1 0 0 March 2, 2024
Count Forkula 1 0 1 0 0 June 24, 2023
Jack Rabbit FleX 1 0 1 0 0 June 24, 2023

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Full Fight History

Date Opponent Round Result By Points Fight Length (s) Video
March 18, 2023 HEX ⬡ Rival Win Forfeit 0.00
March 18, 2023 Scrambled Round 2 Loss KO -1.10 114 https://youtu.be/RyjtWMjVV2k?t=8655
May 6, 2023 Sinister (II) Rival Loss Judges Decision -1.00 180 https://youtu.be/bBr04nbt-hU?t=4615
May 6, 2023 Deep Cut Last Chance Win KO 1.00 145 https://youtu.be/Sz2K1HilZAQ?t=7898
May 6, 2023 Wormhole Round 1 Loss Judges Decision -1.06 180 https://youtu.be/gxkxwvjpvWE?t=20499
June 24, 2023 Count Forkula Rival Loss Judges Decision -1.00 180 https://youtu.be/n5Hi6hPr5fc?t=841
June 24, 2023 Crush Last Chance Win Forfeit 0.00 0
June 24, 2023 Jack Rabbit FleX Round 1 Loss Judges Decision -1.00 180 https://www.youtube.com/live/vmbdOf7MSDs?feature=share&t=19116
August 12, 2023 Patient 0 Qualifier Round 1 Loss KO -1.00 77 https://youtu.be/IMD6ArOMrPY?t=5730
August 12, 2023 Beater Boy Qualifier Round 2 Win Forfeit 0.00
August 12, 2023 Mixtape Bracket Round 1 Loss KO -1.00 144 https://www.youtube.com/live/nAXvrZdnceQ?feature=share&t=15788
September 30, 2023 Stratos Qualifier Round 1 Loss KO -1.00 148 https://www.youtube.com/live/HIjUP4GSCKQ?si=iWhYt6O13jLOMySj&t=5751
September 30, 2023 Scottie's Scrambler Qualifier Round 2 Loss Judges Decision -1.00 180 https://youtu.be/Il7qrVYZd5U?si=eVxFjviqBCcia_jV&t=17028
March 2, 2024 Stag beetle bot Qualifiers Rd. 1 Loss Judges Decision -1.00 180
March 2, 2024 Botterfly Qualifiers Rd. 2 Win Judges Decision 1.42 180
March 2, 2024 Buster Qualifiers Rd. 3 Win KO 1.45 105
March 2, 2024 MCB - Master Control Bot Opening Round Win Judges Decision 1.54 180
March 2, 2024 Crush Round of 32 Loss Judges Decision -1.00 180

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