POWERMASTER
OPTIMUS PRIME

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."

Allegiance: Autobot
Sub-group:
Powermaster
Human Component: HIGH Q
Function: Autobot Commander

First cartoon appearance: Sadly, none as a Powermaster in North America series

First comic appearance:
Transformers (Marvel) #42 (as Powermaster)

 

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 strength.

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 Prime.

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): 

* (Marvel) 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" plotline.
* (Marvel) Transformers #71 where Optimus Prime surrenders to the Autobots to Scorponok's forces.
* (Marvel) Transformers #75 where it is Optimus Prime who opens the Matrix and spells the demise of Unicron!

Other Appearances:

- 1984 - the classic Generation 1 original
- 1987 - as a decoy.
- 1988 - G1 Powermaster Optimus Prime, God Ginri addition to Powermaster Optimus Prime
- 1990 - G1 Action Master Optimus Prime
- 1991 - Japan Only - Star Convoy
- 1993 - G2 red tractor, black trailer OP recolor
- 1994 - G2 missile launcher Optimus Prime
- 1995 - G2 Laser Rod Optimus Prime
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 Optimus Prime
- 1998 - Beast Wars Transmetal Optimus Primal, Super Class: Optimal Optimus, and Japan only Lio Convoy a Beast Wars 2 interpretation of Optimus Prime 
- 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. Optimus Prime
- 2002 - Armada Optimus Prime, R.I.D. minature Optimus Prime, Beast Machines Supreme figure in R.I.D. packaging Air Attack Optimus Primal 
- 2003 - Armada Deluxe Optimus Prime, Armada Final Battle Optimus Prime, K-Mart Exclusive Gold Optimus Prime with Jetfire set, Universe Optimus Primal 
- 2004 - Energon Optimus Prime vs. Megatron 2-pack, Energon Optimus Prime, Energon Optimus Prime with Overload 2-pack, MASTERPIECE OPTIMUS PRIME, Japan Only: Robot Masters Convoy (Optimus Prime), Robot Masters Beast Convoy,   
- 2005 - Cybertron Legends Optimus Prime, Cybertron Optimus Prime, Cybertron Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus 2-pack (RID recolors). 
- 2006 - Cybertron Legends Galaxy Force Optimus Prime, Cybertron Deluxe Optimus Prime (Armada deluxe recolor), Cybertron Jungle Planet Deluxe Optimus Prime, Cybertron Leader Class Galaxy Force Optimus Prime,  Classics Optimus Prime, Classics Ultimate Battle Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, Alternators Optimus Prime, Beast Wars 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal, Titanium 3" Optimus Primal, Titanium 3" War Within Optimus Prime, Titanium 3"(G1) 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 Exclusive) includes 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" Movie 3-pack Optimus Prime, 3" Titanium G1 Battle Damage Optimus Prime, 6" Titanium RID Optimus Prime
- 2008 - Animated Activators Optimus Prime, Animated Bumper Battlers Nightwatch Optimus Prime,  Animated Bumper Battlers Optimus Prime, Animated (deluxe) Optimus Prime -Cybertron Mode, Animated (Voyager) Optimus Prime -Earth Mode, Animated Roll Out Supreme Optimus Prime,  Animated Optimus Prime Battle Blaster, Animated McDonalds Happy Meal Optimus Prime, Shattered Glass Optimus Prime, Robot Heroes Movie Optimus Prime vs. Scorponok, Fast Action Battlers 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 reissue)
- 2009 - 25th Anniversary 6" Titanium War Within Optimus Prime, Movie Legends Optimus Prime, ROTF Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Blackout, Fast Action Battlers 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! :)

 

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