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Operation Junkyard
Created by Malcolm Bird
Kathy Rogers
Written by Malcolm Bird
Directed by Grazia Caroselli
Kris Curry
Malcolm Bird
Patrick Doody
Chris Valenziano
Presented by Rob Czar
Kamaya Jones
Clinton McLean
Michelle Armitage
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Malcolm Bird
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Discovery Kids
RDF Media LA
Original network NBC
Original release 1 October 2002 -
15 February 2003

Operation Junkyard debuted in fall 2002 as part of the Discovery Kids Saturday morning programming schedule. Essentially a spin-off of TLC's popular series Junkyard Wars, OP/JY featured teams of teens that were challenged to build gadgets out of junk in six hours. Teams featured on the show include the Rummaging Robots and Jurassic Junkers, and the teams were tasked to build gadgets like water bailing machines, mud scooters, and remote control battleships.

At the beginning of each show the challenge of the day was revealed and teams attempted to collect "bodgits" by completing small challenges. "Bodgits" were helpful advantages that teams could earn, including time with the on-set engineer or special parts for use in their build. Two identical school buses filled with junk were given to the teams, who had six hours to create their contraptions.


Team Name
Jurassic Junkers
Banging Builders
Rummaging Robots
Scrap Scavengers
Scrap Heap Henchmen
Gearhead Gremlins
Garbage Gorillas
Renegade Recyclers
Junkyard Jugglers
Funky Junkers
Raging Racers
Demolition Dudes


# Gadget Made
1 Catapult
2 Water Bailer
3 Water Bike
4 Cannon
5 Baseball Pitcher
6 Master Water Blaster
7 Go Cart
8 Mechanical Crane
9 Ice Drag Racer
10 Mud Scooter
11 Pie Filling Machine
12 Battleship
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