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Rock Raiders
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Years:

1999 - 2000

Related themes:

Power Miners


Rock Raiders was a theme that was introduced in 1999 and discontinued in 2000. It is based on space travelers/miners trapped on an alien planet. It consists of eight main sets, four promotional sets and three Minifigure-based sets, and also a video game based on the theme for both PC and the Play Station gaming console.

Details

The eponymous Rock Raiders were a team of miners that searched for energy crystals in the underground. They had several specialized mining and transport vehicles at their disposal, and were based at various locations around Planet U, where they processed rocks to extract the powerful Energy Crystals with their refinery stations. During their excavations, they would occasionally encounter Rock Monsters (included in two different sets), Slimy Slugs, and numerous other monsters, who would often attack the Rock Raiders or their bases, usually for Energy Crystals (although some, like Spiders and Scorpions, were merely aggressive towards the Raiders).

1999 RR 1

A 1999 UK catalog page.

This was the third theme (the first was Time Cruisers and the second was Adventurers Egypt) whose Minifigures were individual characters with names.

The setting had several elements that were reprized, and also somewhat further developed, in the Power Miners theme ten years later, such as the occurrence of Rock Monsters and collection of crystals. Here, the Rock Monsters had just minor appearances and were not named characters, merely bearing the name "Rock Monster".

2000 RR 1

A 2000 USA catalog page.

Rock Raiders introduced also several new pieces, such as the chrome drill, blade saw, hollow boulders and an electric light-producing cannon piece that served as a laser cutter.

The sets of the first wave, which were also the only ones of the theme that appeared in the catalogs, all included Rock Raiders comics. The models and minifigures of the respective set the comic was included in played a major role in the story.

Story

LMSExplorer

The LMS Explorer.

2000 RR 2

A 2000 USA catalog page.

The Rock Raiders were traveling on their spaceship, the LMS Explorer, mapping the whole Galaxy. They had just finished their journey and were headed home, when they drifted into an asteroid field. The ship was badly damaged and, to make matters worse, a wormhole caught the ship in its gravitational pull. The fuel supply was drained in the failed attempt to escape, and the LMS Explorer was flung into a distant Galaxy. They found themselves around Planet U, a planet rich in mysterious Power Crystals. They sent down Rock Raiders to mine it, and found vast amounts of Energy Crystals to power and repair the LMS Explorer, but they also encountered many alien creatures. The team would endure numerous hardships to obtain the Crystals, but they eventually triumphed, and successfully gathered enough Crystals to return home.

The three books further expand on this story, as well as the missions from the games.





Minifigures


1999 RR 2

A 1999 UK catalog page with a comic.

Creatures

Rock Monsters are subterranean beings made entirely of rock with glowing red eyes. They feast on the energy crystals used to power Rock Raiders vehicles and are not aggressive unless their crystals are stolen. They are the most common enemy. The best way to kill them is with a Laser Beam.
They appeared in LEGO Island 2 on Adventurer's Island, where they would throw rocks at you in the biplane game. Several more were seen orbiting OGEL Island.

Rock Monsters are theorized by Docs to be remnants of an ancient civilization. When the Rock Raiders first saw them, they assumed that they were statues built by that civilization. However, after seeing their activity, Docs came to believe that they may have devolved from an advanced civilization.

Rock Monster1

Rock Monster

Ice Monsters are subterranean lifeforms composed of solid ice and have glowing blue eyes. They too feast on crystals and can be found in icy areas beneath Planet U. In the Rock Raiders game, they are more aggressive than Rock Monsters but not as strong. The best way to kill them is with a Laser Beam. Ice Monsters make few appearances in the NTSC PS1 game. Ice Monsters do not appear in any of the sets - the closest thing is an unpainted Rock Monster prototype. The Rock Raiders have encountered fights between Ice Monsters and Lava Monsters, however; sometimes Rock, Ice, and Lava monsters work together.

Lava Monsters are subterranean creatures formed from molten lava and sport glowing yellow eyes. They can be found in the underground molten lava caverns on Planet U. In the Rock Raiders game, they cannot be killed instantly, and the best way to dispatch them is with a Freezer Beam. Lava Monsters do not appear in the NTSC version of the PS1 game.

Slimy Slugs are very large slugs, often smaller than Rock Monsters (although some rather large Slugs have been found). They are large and are green with faint spots. Slimy Slugs eat crystals. Slimy Slugs can also be found on Ogel Island in LEGO Island 2, and push the player back when the player runs into them. In the Rock Raiders PC game, Slimy Slugs cannot be destroyed, and will drain energy crystals from existing buildings. The best weapon to use on them is a Pusher Beam.

Bats appear in the Rock Raiders PC video game. They scare Rock Raiders, and cause them to drop whatever they may happen to be carrying.

Rock Raiders bat

Bat

Spiders appear in the Rock Raiders PC video game. They randomly emerge when Rock Raiders are drilling. They cause the Rock Raiders in the area to slip and drop whatever they are carrying but are otherwise harmless.

Spiders appear in the Rock Raiders PS1 video game. Unlike the small variety, these are aggressive, and will attack Rock Raiders. They can also spin Large Webs that only the Loader Dozer or the Pusher Beam can clear. There are prototypes of them lying unused in the PC Game's files.

Purple Scorpions are huge, about the size of Small Diggers. They will attack nearby Rock Raiders. They only appeared in the PS1 game. Three shots from a Pusher Beam will eradicate them.

Green Scorpions are very similar to Purple Scorpions, but they prefer to not attack directly; rather, they stand at a distance shooting plasma globules from their claws at the Rock Raiders. They only appeared in the PS1 game. Three shots from a Pusher Beam will do away with them.

Rockwhale1

A Rockwhale in-game.

Also called Rock Whales, these massive 6-legged creatures lumber through the underground passages of Planet U. Although they do not attack, they can do a lot of damage, albeit unintentionally. There are 2 types: a large green type that moves slowly, and a smaller red type that can scuttle faster than most vehicles can move. They only appeared in the PS1 game and the book High Adventure Deep Underground. The only way to remove the large Rockwhales is to use a Pusher Beam to move them into water, causing them to merge into the ground and form a bridge. The small variety move too fast to use a Pusher Beam on.

[[Video:Lego_Rock_Raiders_Lava|thumb|300px|right|A movie from the Video Game.]]

Sets

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
Rock Raiders 1 1274  Light Hover  25  Jet     2000 
Rock Raiders 2 1275  Chainsaw Bulldozer  22  Bandit     2000 
Rock Raiders 3 1276  Helicopter Transport  22  Docs     2000 
Rock Raiders 4 1277  Drill Craft  27  Sparks     2000 
Mini Hero Collection 1 3347  Rock Raiders  Chief     2000 
Mini Hero Collection 2 3348  One Minifig Pack - Rock Raiders  21  Docs, Sparks, Bandit     2000 
3349 3349  Rock Raiders  24  DocsAxleJet     2000 
4127417 4127417  Walmart Co-pack          
4910 4910  Hover Scout  39  Jet     July 1, 1999 
4920-1-2 4920  Rapid Rider  38  Bandit   $4.00  July 1, 1999 
4930 The Rock Raiders 4930  The Rock Raiders  38  BanditAxleSparksDocsJet     1999 
4940 Box 4940  Granite Grinder  108  Axle     July 1, 1999 
4950 Loader Dozer 4950  Loader-Dozer  89  AxleRock Monster   $20.00  1999 
4959-1 4959  Loader-Dozer  93  Axle, Rock Monster   $20.00  Unreleased (Scheduled for July 1
4970-1-1 4970  Chrome Crusher  167  Axle   $30.00  July 1, 1999 
T T 4980  Tunnel Transport  349  Docs, Jet   $49.99  July 1, 1999 
4990-1 4990  Rock Raiders HQ  402  BanditDocsJetSparksRock Monster   $79.99  July 1999 
Kabrock Kabrock  Rock Raiders 4-Pack  77  SparksBanditDocsJet     2000 
RRMinifigs RRMinifigs  Rock Raiders Minifig Packs 3-Pack  23  ChiefSparksBanditDocs (2), AxleJet     2000 

Books

Three Rock Raiders books were released in various formats: Save the Spaceship, Race for Survival and High Adventure, Deep Underground.

  • Save the Spaceship
Plot coming soon
  • Race for Survival
Axle is trapped underground in a cave-in and the rest of the team set out to rescue him.
  • High Adventure, Deep Underground
Plot coming soon

Original Plans

ProtoRockRaiders

The only known storyboard of the Rock Raiders theme

The Ultimate LEGO Book contained concept art for LEGO Rock Raiders on pages 30–31, showing how the theme developed over time. The original plans were vastly different

A piece of concept art showed:

  • Different outfit designs for the Rock Raiders, with goggles and scarves.
  • Mysterious aliens traveling with the Rock Raiders.
  • Rock Monsters were larger, and some had tails and acted more like animals.
  • The Chrome Crusher appears with two drills (similar to its upgraded form in the Rock Raiders PC Game) and no laser.
  • The Loader Dozer has a drill and a gun.
  • A scrapped flying rocket-like vehicle which somewhat resembles the Tunnel Scout.
  • A scrapped vehicle with robotic arms, a drill and laser turrets.
  • A Mobile Rock Raiders HQ, with Crystal and Ore Refineries and giant arms.
  • A Hover Scout with cargo capacity.

Other pictures in the book included:

  • Different Granite Grinder, much sleeker look.
  • Ice-themes Loader Dozer.
  • Ice Monsters in a set.
  • Flying transport truck.


Had the theme been more successful, these elements might have been reconsidered.

See also

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