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Rube is the right leg of the giant Puzzler. His super-enhanced senses allow him to perceive even the slightest movements in his surroundings.

Fiction[edit | edit source]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit | edit source]


The six robotic Puzzlers were built on Earth by Cy-Kill as a counter to the Guardian Power Warrior, using the car dealership of Larry E. Cocoa as a front. For the next stage of his plan, Cy-Kill had Cocoa sell the vehicles to unsuspecting customers. However, Larry's wife Hilda felt the Cocoas deserved more money for their part in the scheme, and when a distracted Cy-Kill was indifferent she seized the remote that controlled the Puzzlers and the pair escaped in the remaining unsold car. With Cy-Kill, Crasher and Cop-Tur in pursuit, Larry drove while Hilda jabbed at the remote control, unwittingly activating the other five units - much to the distress of the driver of Rube, who found his car impossible to drive. All six converged and the Cocoas were thrown out as the cars converted to robot mode then combined to form Puzzler. In the chaos Cy-Kill took back the remote but the Guardians were able to call up the Power Warrior Courageous to shake the robot apart. Auto Madic

GoBots newspaper strip[edit | edit source]

Along with his fellow Puzzlers, Rube was summoned to join Cy-Kill and Herr Fiend in the Arctic as the next stage of the Renegades' plan to conquer Earth.GoBots

Fun Publications[edit | edit source]

Transformers Timelines[edit | edit source]

During the Diaspora, the Puzzler team escaped to Level 16 with the Fossil Lords. Cultural Appropriation TFWikiFavicon.png

Renegade Rhetoric[edit | edit source]

During his exile in Axiom Nexus, Cy-Kill came across the abandoned base of Alpha Trion where his acolyte Topspin had replaced the sparks of several key Transcendent Technomorphs with their lowtech counterparts. The original sparks were kept in cold storage at the base, and found by Cy-Kill and his Renegades. Along with technology stolen from Shockwave, Cy-Kill brought the sparks back to his home reality. Renegade Rhetoric, 2015/10/21 Rook - Axiom Nexus News: Investigative Journalist, 2015/12/05 TFWikiFavicon.png Cy-Kill discovered the means of using these "positronic energy matrices", as he called them, to bring life to his old Puzzler drones by encasing them in a laser containment field and animated by Space Lightning drawn down by Rogue Star and its Stellar Fulminator Rod. What's more, each new Renegade had access to Mighty Skills as a result of their unique origins. Rube, who came from the spark of Scavenger, demonstrated Super Sense, detecting even the slightest tremor in his area. The Renegades schemed to ambush and destroy the Power Warrior Courageous with their new combiner advantage. Monsterous was openly deployed to rampage through Philadelphia, with the hope of drawing out the Guardians and then having Puzzler attack from the opposite side, flanking Courageous when it arrived. Unfortunately, the Guardians realized Cy-Kill's plan after he liberated the wreckage of Puzzler from GoBotron. They kept Rube from reaching Courageous, leaving Cy-Kill with only Monsterous and a one-legged Puzzler. The Renegades retreated in embarrassment. Six Heads are Better than One Rube had the toughest time out of all of Puzzler's components fitting in with the Renegades. On a scouting mission outside UNECOM, he was repeatedly mocked by Crain Brain for his foolishness. When he saw Doctor Blanco (a fledgling alchemist and the target of their surveillance) being mocked by reporters, Rube saw a kindred spirit and broke from the mission to confront Blanco. He offered an alliance with the scientist to show the world that laughed at them what they could really do. Blanco agreed, and departed with Rube. They traveled to Texas A&M to acquire an Optical Wavelength Field Inverter which Blanco needed to complete his matter transmutation ring. The Guardians confronted them, but Blanco and Rube managed to escape. They were tracked down again by the Guardians and Cy-Kill's Renegades. The fighting escalated beyond Cy-Kill's interest in sustaining it, so he grabbed Rube and the Renegades retreated. One Born Every Minute The Renegades planned to interrupt the tri-planet alliance treaty on Quartex. Using the power of Puzzler, Monsterous, and the newly activated Nemesis, the Renegades overpowered the Guardians' two combiners Courageous and Fossilsaurus. Combiner Wars Part 1 Once they regrouped, however, the Guardians and their allies came up with a plan to defeat Cy-Kill's combiner advantage. Combiner Wars Part 2

Ask Vector Prime[edit | edit source]

In one reality, Rube and the Puzzler components were permanently fused into their gestalt form by Bio Ranger Iga. Their individuality was lost, but a grateful Puzzler joined Iga as his Cybernetic Subjugation General. Ask Vector Prime, 2015/07/15 TFWikiFavicon.png

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit | edit source]

As Sideways and Gong played havoc with the walls of reality, the Renegades launched an all-out assault on Autobot City on Earth. Later, after the combined Renegade and Decepticon forces fled Earth onboard Astrotrain, Zero disposed of Megatron and declared himself the new leader. The Puzzler troopers objected, and attempted to claim command with their Mighty Robot gestalt. Zero was nevertheless successful in the end, and the Puzzlers blew trumpets at his coronation later that night. Echoes and Fragments

Toys[edit | edit source]


GoBots[edit | edit source]

Puzzlers[edit | edit source]

  • Rube (Puzzler, 1985)
    • Giant Puzzler Leg
    • Accessories: none
Rube was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Mercedes Benz 500SLC saloon car in 4 steps. The toy was a repackaging of the Benz 500SLC figure from Machine Puzzler from Bandai's Machine Robo line, with no significant changes. Rube has articulation in the shoulders and waist, though the joints are prone to wear and like fellow leg Zig Zag his legs can get wobbly. He also becomes the right leg of Puzzler.
  • Rube was made available during the second series as part of the Puzzlers assortment (#7256) and remained available for the rest of the line's life on toy shelves.
  • For bilingual Canadian packaging the same name was retained.

Puzzler Set[edit | edit source]

  • Puzzler (Giftset, 1985)
    • Renegade Robot Giant
A straight import of the Machine Robo Machine Puzzler, the six components of Puzzler were also available together in a boxed set. They are identical to the individual releases.

Robo Machine[edit | edit source]

Puzzlers[edit | edit source]

  • Rube (Puzzler, 1985)
    • Giant Puzzler Leg
    • ID number: 6
    • Accessories: none
Rube was released in Europe as part of Robo Machine with no significant changes from the American release.

Machine Men[edit | edit source]

Puzzlers[edit | edit source]

  • Rube (Puzzler, 1985)
    • Giant Puzzler Leg
    • ID number: 6
    • Accessories: none
Rube was released in Australia as part of Machine Men with no significant changes from the American release - though the whole team was assigned to the Friendly faction.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Rube is presumably named after the Rubik's Cube.
  • In the character's sole Challenge of the GoBots appearance it was an unnamed non-sentient robot controlled by remote, and had no speaking role.
  • Some catalogues showed a prototype version of Rube, featuring a different white chest and a more prominent sliding button for the head.
  • Rube's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Wheeljack from the Combiner Wars toyline.