Boulder (Rock Lords)

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Boulder
Rock Lords character
Boulder-carded.jpg
Boulder toy, 1st USA release, on card
First appearance

GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, March 21, 1986
Created by

Tonka
Voiced by

Michael Nouri
Release number

7500
Information
Aliases Gros Galet (Big Stone, French Canadian name)
Species Rock Lord, Transformer
Gender Male
Occupation Heroic Rock Warrior
Abilities

Affiliation

Boulder's tribe (leader), NAILs
Rock type

Tungsten: among the toughest of all minerals, it shows durability and resolve.
Quote

"Magmar's trapped. Now's our chance Nuggit! Rock Lords attack!"

Boulder is a fictional character from the Rock Lords series introduced in 1986. He is the leader of a tribe of heroic Rock Lords.

Rock Lords

Boulder is a heroic Rock Lord. He is the leader of a heroic Rock Lord tribe on the planet Quartex. His tribe includes Crackpot, Granite, Marbles, Pulver-Eyes and Rock Roller. He is also friends with the robotic Rock Lord Nuggit and the queen of the Jewel Lords, Solitaire.

His weapon of choice is his Power Sword rifle. He also has a Power Scepter. He sometimes drives a Rock Pot vehicle.

In the French Bleu, l'Enfant de la Terre animated series he is small and can fly.

Boulder was also called Gros Galet on his French Canadian packaging, which translates into Big Stone.

In the IDW Publishing Transformers stories Boulder is a Cybertronian Non-Aligned Indigenous Life-form.

He should not be confused with the Transformers characters of the same name.

Development

Boulder appeared in the 1986 Tonka's World of Entertainment catalog in an alternate color scheme with darker skin and a black helmet.

Reception

Fictional biography

Brave and wise with a awesome physique, Boulder leads the defense of Quartex against Magmar's villainous plots. Boulder has rallied the remaining free kingdoms of the planet under his leadership. His fiery temper strikes fear into friend and foe alike. In the heart of the battle, he scatters enemies with stungun blasts and zaps them with his Power Sword.

Animated series

Bleu, l'Enfant de la Terre

Boulder was among the Rock Lords who appeared in the French animated series Bleu, l'Enfant de la Terre. In the first episode he plays on the beach with his companion Rock Lords.

GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords

Boulder in GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords

Boulder first appeared in the 1986 film GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords as the leader of the heroic Rock Lords on the planet Quartex. His colors matched the prototype toy seen in the Tonka's World of Entertainment catalog.

Comics

Fun Publications

Boulder in "Goodbye Leader-1" by Christopher Colgin, in the Beast Wars Under-3 body with Generation 1 Ratchet's head
Echoverse

Boulder appeared in the Fun Publication story Echoes and Fragments. In the amalgam reality created by Sideways and Gong, Boulder and the Rock Lords filled in for Wreck-Gar and the Junkions during the events of The Transformers: The Movie.[1]

Rhetoricverse

Boulder appeared in Fun Publications Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric episode 11 "On the Rocks". He participated in a mission to GoBotron to sign a peace treaty with the Guardian GoBots.[2]

In episode 27, "Fossil Fallout", Scooter and Nuggit discussed Boulder's failed attempt to bring the Fossil Lords into his own tribe.[3]

In episode 43, "Of Rocks and RoGuns Part 1", Boulder's tribe were captured in a collapsing tunnel by Magmar. They used the Trans-Galactic Modem given to them by the Guardians GoBots to call for assistance.[4]

Boulder appeared in the episode 44 story "Of Rocks and RoGuns Part 2".[5]

Boulder appeared in episode 64 "Combiner Wars Part 1". Boulder and Solitaire met with Leader-1 and General Newcastle on Quartex. Leader-1 to discuss a tri-planet alliance with Earth and GoBotron. Cy-Kill had Nemesis snatch Boulder and Leader-1.[6]

Boulder appeared in the episode 65 story "Combiner Wars Part 2".[7]

IDW Publishing

Blurr drives past Spearhead, Nuggit, Brimstone, Boulder and Granite in "Devisive"

Boulder, Brimstone, Granite, Nuggit and Spearhead had a cameo appearance among the Non-Aligned Indigenous Life-forms Blurr drove past on Cybertron who appeared in IDW Publishing's Transformers: Robots in Disguise issue #4 story "Devisive".

Lil Formers

Stonedar and Boulder dueled in the Lil Formers comic story "Rockformers".[8]

Telepictures Publications

Boulder commanded his forces in "Update From Quartex" by Telepictures Publications in Winter 1987. In the story Magmar's forces attempt to force Boulder's troops into a lava river, but they are saved when Nuggit charges in with several Rockasaurs to help.[9]

Tonka

Boulder appeared in the 1986 Tonka pack-in comic story "Powerful Living Rocks Face a Deadly New Peril".[10]

Boulder appeared in the second Rock Lords pack-in comic "There's Ssomething Flashing Over There Let's Go!".

Toys

  • Bandai Rock Lords GoBots Boulder (Europe, 1986)
Turns from rock to Rock Lord. This version came with a black Power Sword rifle and credited Rock Lords as part of the GoBots line.
This mold was released in slightly different colors as Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Battlerock by Bandai, although the Battlerock characters in the Bandai animated series were colors more like Boulder than Battlerock.
  • Bandai Rock Lords Machine Men Boulder (Australia, 1986)
A release of Boulder for Australia. This version came with a black Power Sword rifle and credited Rock Lords as part of the Machine Men line.
  • Tonka Rock Lords 7500 Boulder (USA & England, 1986)
A release of Boulder for the USA and England. The US release comes with a red "Power Sword" rifle.
Two package variants of this version exist. The initial version had a red lower left corner and said "Boulder Heroic Rock Warrior". The second version had a yellow lower corner and said "Boulder Good".
  • Tonka Rock Lords 7500 Boulder/Gros Galet (Canada, 1986)
This version has English and French language on the card. Boulder was called Gros Galet in French.

Gallery

References

  1. Jim Sorenson (w). "Echoes and Fragments" Ask Vector Prime (February 10th, 2016), Fun Publications
  2. "On the Rocks". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 16, 1986/January 29th, 2016. No. 11, season 1.
  3. "Fossil Fallout". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 9th, 1986/December 8th, 2015. No. 27, season 1.
  4. "Of Rocks and RoGuns Part 1". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. November 12th, 1986/January 5th, 2016. No. 43, season 1.
  5. "Of Rocks and RoGuns Part 2". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. November 12th, 1986/January 6th, 2016. No. 44, season 1.
  6. "Combiner Wars Part 1". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. December 11th, 1986/February 5th, 2016. No. 64, season 1.
  7. "Combiner Wars Part 2". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. December 12th, 1986/February 5th, 2016. No. 65, season 1.
  8. http://mattmoylan.deviantart.com/art/Lil-Formers-Rockformers-138551678
  9. Paul Kirchner (w, a). "Update From Quartex" GoBots Magazine (Winter 1987), Telepictures Publications
  10. http://www.ikp.uni-koeln.de/~scholl/rock/rock/diverses/comics.html

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