"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
First Animated Appearance:
First Comic Appearance: Transfromers Movie Prequel #_
Click the YouTube video link below to hear Michael Ritchie, Sr. Brand Manager, Transformers, Consumer & Retail Marketing
explain one of the very cool features of Optimus Prime's "Automorph Technology" in action. It emphasizes the coolness of having, "completed the transformation".
always feel's like you're "done" once you find the head. This toy was designed such that it is the last
thing you must do to complete the conversion.
More Box Pictures:
preliminary model renders for Optimus Prime...
His origin has been told in several different ways. In the G1
cartoon series, ("War Dawn") he was
a young power-plant worker named "Orion Packs" who went on to
become the great Optimus Prime. A slightly contradictory story was
told of Prime's origin years later (2003) by Simon Furman, in the
Dreamwave comic series, "The War Within". However he came
to be, there is little disputing, that Optimus Prime is the greatest
leader the Autobots have ever known. The following text is from the
Marvel Comic series, "Transformers Universe."
If he had been on Earth he would be a doctor, a mechanic, a scientist & a warrior. But on Cybertron there is no difference between these professions. So Optimus uses his skills to heal and repair which are the same things to Autobots -to improve the world around him and, if necessary, to fight. Both in power and intelligence, he has no equal. He has the personality of an Abraham Lincoln. He can be immensely kind and his compassion extends to all that lives, including the creatures of Earth. Yet he will battle unceasingly to protect the weak and defend what he believes in. To accomplish this Optimus knows that the Decepticons must be defeated for all time.
This text description of OP's character "Bio" comes from the
Dreamwave series, "TF: More Than Meets the Eye" #4 (which I
highly recommend purchasing, if you haven't already!)
...abilities and weaknesses text to follow as more information becomes available on this incarnation of the greatest Autobot Leader in the history of the Transformers.
Unicron.com toy review: 2007 Transfromers Movie, Leader Class 10
* Rubber tires: CHECK!
hand and weapon detail:
Other Appearances: Whew! This
could take awhile!!! No other character has made more appearances
and had more different versions and forms! Well, it all started with the
Generation 1 original.
His first recreation came 4 years later, another fan favorite, the Powermaster form was released in 1987. (Sorry, no character page yet!)
Next came the first "G2" Generation 2 version in 1993. The cab looked almost exactly the same, red color scheme, but had trailor in a more ominous black color scheme. In 1994 there was the air powered rocket launcher. And in 1995 there were actually two versions of OP. The quite popular 'laser rod' (included electronic light up energon weapon) and the considerably less cool "gobots" version. A matchbox size simple TF that, truth be told, seemed very unlike every other Optimus Prime produced before (or after!)
There was the "Machine Wars" Optimus Prime released in 1997. Followed by the Transmetal Optimus Primal in 1998 (Robotic Gorilla w/ organic component humanoid form)... While the masterful Beast Wars story editors Bob Forward and Larry DiTillo explained that Primal was in fact, a different individual, with the same name, there is an interesting fact. At the end of the second season, in order to save Optimus PRIME, Optimus Primal took the spark of Prime and housed it in his body, 'transforming' him into, Optimal Optimus. The toy was released later in 1998. So, although they are different individuals, they shared the same body for a time, and presumably Primal took on some of the knowledge, wisdom and experience of the original Prime. To me, although different, they are most certainly connected.
Following the Beast Wars, Optimus Primal returned to Cybertron and fought the Vehicon menace in "Beast Machines." For which several toys were produced. In 2000 there was a deluxe Optimus Primal as well as "Primal Prime." Read the Wreckers storylines produced by Botcon 2001 for details on this Prime's origin. In 2001 "Blast Punch" Optimus Primal and the begining of...
Robots in Disguise began in the latter part of 2001, an "alternate universe" of TF's with an Optimus Prime character that turned into a fire truck. Great toy, lousy shows... definitely a different individual with the same name.
The last (and best in my opinion) Optimus Primal figure was produced in 2002 "Air Attack" Optimus Primal (sorry no character page available yet) was sold as part of the RID line though he was a perfect replica of the 2000-2001 Beast Machines Op Primal.
Also in 2002, TF: Armada began and with it the next generation of Optimus Prime. I have many theories about the connection between Armada to the rest of the TF universe; which I won't get into in this area. Suffice it to say that Armada OP and the G1 original are in many ways connected.
2004 bought two new versions. The Optimus Prime of TF: Energon is a 'combiner' of sorts and is the latest version of the OP character from TF: Armada. The best version yet, came next "Masterpiece Prime" was and is today a fan favorite, made of die-cast metal, an accessories galore, this 20th anniversary version looks exactly like what we fans always pictured the G1 classic to be. I'm sure it's not the last Optimus Prime that'll be built. But at least in this fan's eyes, I do believe that this version will forever be remembered as the best.
2005, brought one of the most popular incarnation of Optimus Prime in awhile, Transformers: Cybertron Optimus Prime
2006 Galaxy Force Optimus Prime, a minor recolor of the Cybertron Original. Also, Transformers, "Classics" Optimus Prime and a recolor of the Armada Deluxe Optimus Prime in Galaxy Force style colors.