Rube is the right leg of the giant Puzzler. His super-enhanced senses allow him to perceive even the slightest movements in his surroundings.
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
During his exile in Axiom Nexus, Cy-Kill came across the abandoned base of Alpha Trion where his servant 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.
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.
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.
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. Once they regrouped, however, the Guardians and their allies came up with a plan to defeat Cy-Kill's combiner advantage.
Ask Vector Prime
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.
"Echoes and Fragments"
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.
- Rube (GoBots, 1985)
- Giant Puzzler Leg
- Rube converts from robot to black Mercedes 300SL, and also becomes the right leg of Puzzler.
- Puzzler (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.