Profile, Abilities and Weaknesses description
from The Transformers G1 series by Marvel Comics.
Profile: Sage. scholar, soldier -Optimus Prime is all this and more.
To peace-loving beings across the galaxy the revered leader of the Autobots is the living symbol of freedom -- a beacon that shines against the forces of darkness. To his followers he is a bottomless well of inspiration and courage from
which they draw their strength. And to the evil Decepticons he is the one force in the universe who can shatter their dreams of galactic
conquest. He has dedicated his existence to the protection of all life forms -- mechanical, organic and otherwise.
His wisdom and compassion are legendary. Although fate has set his course on a path of destruction and strife, his greatest desire is to bring peace and
harmony to all inhabited worlds everywhere.
Optimus Prime is binary bonded to Hi-Q, a humanoid whose genius in computer programming and design was renowned on his home
planet of Nebulos. There he ran the Hi-Q Industrial Research Complex, a facility that-produced many of the technological innovations that had, over
the past few decades, dramatically improved the quality of life for his people. While trying to help several Autobots rebuild Optimus Prime, he made the decision to join the Autobots and defend Nebulos against a
Decepticon attack. To do so, he and several of his employees underwent the Powermaster Process, which, . through-bio-engineering,
gave them the ability to transform into the engines that their Autobot partners required to power their fight against the Decepticons. Hi-Q was paired with Optimus Prime. So far their collaborative efforts have met with great success.
Abilities: Optimus Prime is the strongest and most intelligent of all the Autobots. His strategic, logic I and programming skills have no
equal among Transformers. He splits into three modules: robot, auxiliary and battle station. The van portion of his trailer truck mode transforms into the robot or
Optimus module, which is the part of him that is sentient and is most commonly referred to as Optimus Prime. In this mode he can lift 4,000,000 pounds and exert a force of 12,000 pounds per square inch with a single punch. He carries a laser
rifle with which he can burn a hole in the nose cone of a Decepticon at at a distance of 30 miles. An with his outstanding visual acuity, he rarely
misses. His auxiliary or "Prime" module is a small cart-shaped device that he stores in his trailer portion and occasionally uses to sneak behind
enemy lines for reconnaissance purposes. He can maintain radio control over it within a 1,200.mile radius. Having his auxiliary unit in the field is like being there himself.
The trailer portion of his truck turns into his battle station module, which also serves as an armed fortress. It is equipped with two concussion blasters, two twin particle beam cannons, an auto-launcher that shoots a variety of artillery and radiation beam weapons, and a landing platform. An antenna within the
battle station allows Optimus Prime to control it and also to maintain a radio link to all Autobots within a 50-mile radius. The antenna can be adapted to a satellite hookup, which provides a tenfold increase in its effective
range. In robot mode he can combine with his trailer module and more than double his size and quadruple his
Traditionally, the elders of the Transformer race have bestowed upon an individual of great courage and wisdom the Creation Matrix, an intricate program encoded in light patterns within a crystal. The
Matrix grants its bearer the amazing ability to help create new Transformer life within the lifeless shell of a newly constructed
Transformer body. Since the beginning of the Autobot Decepticon war an Autobot commander has typically possessed the Matrix. The most recent Autobot leader to be so honored was Optimus
Weaknesses: Although Optimus . Prime can function' as three separate modules, injury to anyone of them is felt by the other two. The auxiliary unit is particularly vulnerable. However, the Optimus module is by far the most important unit of the trio. Although he could survive without the other two, they could not survive without him.
Otherwise, the only weakness he could be accused of having is compassion and concern for the safety of others. He would be a more effective military commander if he were more ruthless, but then he wouldn't be Optimus Prime.
Bibliography of significant Autobot Powermaster appearances (in US, G1 stories):
Transformers #42- The origin of the Powermasters story
(Autobots and Decepticons) including the triumphant return of Optimus Prime!
* After Issue #42 it is Powermaster Optimus Prime who leads the Autobots all the way through (Marvel) Transformers
issue #76, where his body lie in ruins following Issue 75's battle with Unicron. Consider the G1 Optimus
Prime "dies" in issue 25, and even before that, goes back and forth between being on and off line.
Thus, we can say that in the G1 Marvel comic series, Optimus Prime leads the Autobots more in his Powermaster form
than as his G1 original self!
* While the extent of his role varies from issue to issue, he plays a dominant role in
issue 66, the conclusion of the "Matrix Quest"
Transformers #71 where Optimus Prime surrenders to the Autobots
to Scorponok's forces.
Transformers #75 where it is Optimus Prime who opens the Matrix
and spells the demise of Unicron!
- 1984 - the classic
Generation 1 original
1987 - as a
- 1988 - G1
Powermaster Optimus Prime,
God Ginri addition to Powermaster Optimus Prime
- 1990 - G1
Action Master Optimus Prime
- 1991 - Japan Only -
- 1993 - G2 red tractor, black trailer
- 1994 - G2 missile launcher
- 1995 - G2 Laser Rod
The Beast Wars began in
1996. And with it, a character many fans related to Optimus Prime, called Optimus
Primal. Although their sparks were temporarily merged, Primal and Optimus Prime were defined by the story authors
to be different individuals.
- 1996 - Beast Wars
Optimus Primal (basic class: bat) and
Optimus Primal (Ultra class gorilla)
- 1997 - Machine Wars
- 1998 - Beast Wars Transmetal
Optimus Primal, Super Class:
Optimal Optimus, and Japan only
Lio Convoy a Beast Wars 2 interpretation of
- 1999 - Japan only
Big Convoy, another Beast Wars Neo
interpretation of Optimus Prime.
- 2000 - Beast Machines
Optimus Primal (deluxe),
Primal Prime (Optimal Optimus Recolor)
- 2001 - Beast Machines (mega)
Blast Punch Optimus Primal, R.I.D.
- 2002 - Armada
Optimus Prime, R.I.D. minature
Optimus Prime, Beast Machines Supreme figure in
Air Attack Optimus Primal
- 2003 - Armada Deluxe
Optimus Prime, Armada
Final Battle Optimus Prime, K-Mart Exclusive Gold
Optimus Prime with Jetfire set, Universe
- 2004 - Energon
Optimus Prime vs. Megatron
Optimus Prime, Energon
Optimus Prime with Overload
OPTIMUS PRIME, Japan Only:
Robot Masters Convoy (Optimus Prime), Robot
- 2005 - Cybertron
Legends Optimus Prime, Cybertron
Optimus Prime, Cybertron
Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus 2-pack (RID
- 2006 - Cybertron
Legends Galaxy Force Optimus Prime,
Deluxe Optimus Prime (Armada deluxe recolor),
Jungle Planet Deluxe Optimus Prime, Cybertron
Galaxy Force Optimus Prime, Classics
Optimus Prime, Classics
Ultimate Battle Optimus Prime vs. Megatron,
Optimus Prime, Beast Wars 10th Anniversary
Optimus Primal, Titanium 3"
Optimus Primal, Titanium 3"
War Within Optimus Prime, Titanium
Optimus Prime, Titanium 6"
War Within Optimus Prime, Titanium 6"
Optimal Optimus, Sorry, but we won't cover
the various Attacktix Optimus Prime figures here!
- 2007 - Movie
Legends Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes
Optimus Prime vs. Unicron, Robot Heroes
Optimus Prime vs. Ravage, Robot Heroes set (Walmart
Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes
Optimus Prime vs. Blackout, Cyber Slammers
Optimus Prime, Fast Action Battlers
Power Hook Optimus Prime, Movie
Protoform Optimus Prime, Robot Replicas
Optimus Prime, Robot Replicas
Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, Movie
Twin Blaster Optimus Prime, Movie
Robo-Vision Optimus Prime, Movie
CyberStompin' Optimus Prime, Movie
Unleashed Optimus Prime, Movie Leader Class
Optimus Prime, Movie
Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet, Movie
Optimus Prime Big Rig Blaster,
Pepsi Optimus Prime, TFTM 20th
Anniversary Optimus Prime, 3" Titanium
Movie Optimus Prime, Titanium 3"
3-pack Optimus Prime, 3" Titanium G1
Battle Damage Optimus Prime, 6"
RID Optimus Prime,
- 2008 - Animated
Activators Optimus Prime, Animated Bumper
Nightwatch Optimus Prime,
Bumper Battlers Optimus Prime,
Optimus Prime -Cybertron Mode, Animated
Optimus Prime -Earth Mode, Animated
Roll Out Supreme Optimus Prime,
Optimus Prime Battle Blaster, Animated
Happy Meal Optimus Prime,
Shattered Glass Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes
Movie Optimus Prime vs. Scorponok, Fast
Fire Blast Optimus Prime, Movie
First Strike Optimus Prime, Movie
Battle Damage Optimus Prime, Movie
Nightwatch Optimus Prime, Movie
Premium Optimus Prime, Universe
Legends Animated Optimus Prime,
Universe Robot Heroes
Optimus Primal vs. Tarantulas,
25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (G1
- 2009 - 25th Anniversary 6" Titanium
War Within Optimus Prime, Movie Legends
Optimus Prime, ROTF Robot Heroes
Optimus Prime vs. Blackout, Fast Action
Double Blade Optimus Prime, ROTF
Gravity Bots Optimus Prime, ROTF
Robot Replicas Optimus Prime, ROTF
Voyager Optimus Prime, ROTF
Leader Class Optimus Prime, ROTF RPMs Optimus Prime,
Universe Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, Universe
Hasbro Toy Shop Exclusive Optimus
Prime, Universe Leo Prime.
Okay, I dare ya! Tell me an Optimus Prime toy that I is missing from
this list! :)