Optimus Prime (Animated)
Optimus Prime appears in the Transformers Animated series in 2008 as a red semi-trailer truck, able to be fitted with many "trailer" attachments, most notably one that effectively makes him a fire truck. Unlike the other Optimus Primes, this one is much younger.
Optimus has the ability to change any part of his robotic body into a tool or gadget. He has swing lines in his wrists. His wrists can also fire capture bolas. His arsenal includes a grappler, fire extinguisher and a negative friction spray. It is interesting that, unlike all the previous series, his face can almost always be seen, because his mouthplate is retractable like in the 2007 live action film.
Animated Optimus Prime, in an Earth-based fire truck mode, appears as a hidden character in the Transformers Netjet video game by Hasbro.
Instead of being leader of the Autobots, Prime was actually a washout from the Elite Guard. Despite no longer being a member, he maintains his military ranking of "Prime".
The scale chart released for the series indicates Optimus Prime stands about 22 feet tall.
It should be noted that in the Japanese translation of this series, the story has been changed to make it a prequel to the 2007 Transformers live-action film. This makes this version of Optimus Prime an earlier version of the film character.
The Battle Begins: Until now, Optimus Prime never thought he would come face to face with Megatron. The legendary villain was thought to be long ago deactivated, but on Cybertron his power and his evil are still feared. He knows that to face Megatron is to face his own mortality. Megatron, on the other hand, does not know who this young Autobot is, and does not care. All he knows is that the Allspark is under this fool’s protection. If he will not give it up, Megatron will tear him apart to get it.
In the animated series, Optimus Prime was originally in the Autobot Academy and friends with Sentinel Prime and Elita One. When Elita is lost on a planet dominated by giant spider-like aliens, he blames himself for leaving her behind, where she supposedly dies in the explosion of a wrecked Decepticon warship loaded with Energon. Sentinel doesn't forgive him for losing her and Optimus takes full responsibly for Elita's demise. Ultra Magnus, who had high hopes for him, expels him and thus bars him from any position of the Elite Guard. However, Magnus pulls some strings so that Optimus could be captain of a strange Space Bridge repair crew composed of an old grumbler of a war vet named Ratchet, a fledgling Bumblebee, and his fellow cadet, Bulkhead. Optimus is given command of the starship Omega Supreme.
The series begins when Optimus and his crew, after picking up a disillusioned ninja named Prowl, are sent to clear rubble from a space bridge passage. There, the Autobots stumbled upon the Allspark and are immediately attacked by Megatron's battle cruiser, the Nemesis. Through treachery by Megatron's second-in-command, Starscream, Megatron was fragged and the Autobots crashed on Earth in the early 21st century. After being in stasis under Lake Erie for 50 years, the Autobots awaken in Detroit of the near future, where they immediately discovered humans in need and became heroes of the city. During the battle for the possession of the Allspark, Optimus goes offline after defeating Starscream, only to be revived by Sari Sumdac and her Allspark-infused key.
In the episode "Home is Where the Spark is", Optimus captures the Angry Archer, who had committed a robbery. Afterward, he and his group survive an attack from their hideout's old machinery secretly activated by Megatron's head.
In the episode "Thrill of the Hunt", the Decepticon bounty hunter Lockdown captures Optimus, who had a bounty on his head for the supposed death of Megatron. He is freed by Ratchet, who also recovered an EMP generator stolen from him millions of years ago.
In the episode "Along Came a Spider", Optimus discoveres that Elita did survive the ordeal with the giant spiders and was transformed into the technorganic Decepticon Blackarachnia. He offeres to try and help her, but is turned down violently as Blackarachnia has still not forgiven him. However, when she nearly dies trying to use the Allspark key to purge her organic half, Optimus saves her and repeats his offer to help her. She stings him instead, vowing that she will never trust him.
In the two-part episode "Megatron Rising", Optimus loses his composure over the recent numerous Decepticon attacks coupled with the fact that Prowl had secretly placed the Dinobots on an island off the coast of Detroit instead of destroying them. He has Ratchet confiscate the Allspark key from Sari, which he loses when he is ambushed by Blitzwing. Optimus also fails to stop a newly resurrected Megatron from acquiring the Allspark. He defeats Megatron by overloading the Allspark in his chest with Sari's key. In the process, the Allspark shatters into countless pieces, scattering all across Detroit.
In "The Elite Guard", the Autobot Elite Guard, composed of Ultra Magnus, Jazz, and Sentinel Prime, arrive on Earth to reclaim the Allspark. They don't believe Optimus' story about the Decepticons and Sentinel Prime wishes to have him court-martialled. When a fragment of the Allspark causes a production line to go haywire, Optimus finally stands up to Sentinel, retrieving the fragment, and earning praise from Ultra Magnus.
In "Return of The Headmaster", Sentinel's body is hijacked by Henry Masterson and his Headmaster unit. Optimus, amused at his rival's predicament, reluctantly regains Sentinel's body for him, which prompted Sentinel to actually thank him.
In "Mission Accomplished", Optimus is pressured by Sentinel to tell Ultra Magnus that his story about the Decepticons is untrue, but he refuses. Meanwhile, the on-board computer plots a train infused with a shard of the Allspark. When Ultra Magnus and Jazz set off there, Optimus suspects that the Decepticons are luring them into an ambush and rushes to their help, though Sentinel Prime tries to detain him. At first, Ultra Magnus doesn't believe him, but a short time later, Optimus is proven right as Starscream falls from the sky after being blasted by Megatron, much to Sentinel Prime's astonishment and fright. Starscream turns out to be alive, inflicting injury on Ultra Magnus. Optimus takes the affair into his own hands momentarily and, with Sentinel's aid, manages to apprehend the Decepticon. While Sentinel Prime deflects Starscream's shots with his power-shield, Optimus succeeds in taking Starscream by surprise and handcuffing him. When the shackled Starscream is delivered to the Elite Guard spaceship, Ultra Magnus admits Optimus Prime was right and allows him to stay on Earth in order to seek out the other fragments of the Allspark.
In "A Fistful of Energon", Optimus Prime is informed by Ultra Magnus about Starscream's escape from prison. He is quite upset when he has heard that Prowl set out in search for him on his own. He orders Prowl to return, but he disobeyed him. Later, Prowl is bound and abandoned by Lockdown, who wants to get the bounty that Megatron had set on Starscream. But Optimus Prime, together with Bulkhead and Ratchet, succeed in finding and releasing Prowl.
In "Black Friday", Optimus is blackmailled by Blackarachnia into helping Grimlock steal Meltdown's genetic modifier so he could use it to remove her organic half. Meltdown ends up doublecrossing her and Optimus and Grimlock work together to save her.
In "Transwarped", after Sari realizes that she is not human, Optimus attempts to have Professor Isaac Sumdac and Sari reconcile with each other. Later, they encounter Masterson, who is piloting his headmaster unit on Starscream's decapitated body. He defeats Masterson by tricking him to transform into vehicle mode, which was impossible due to with the Headmaster unit on Starscream's body. Later still, during a melee with a rock creature that found its way to Earth when Bumblebee returned from his accidental transwarp, Optimus struggles to stop Sari, who goes out of control after using her key to upgrade herself.
In "Predacons Rising", Bumblebee, Jetfire, Jetstorm, Optimus, and Sentinel chase down the fugitive Wasp, but lose him to Swoop while bickering about what to do with him. They go after Wasp, only to find out that Blackarachnia has captured him and turned him into Waspinator. When Waspinator malfunctions and explodes due to the instability of the transwarp field that mutated him, Blackarachnia contains the blast with her webs, resulting in an explosion that consumes them both. Optimus is saddened by this, unaware that she and Waspinator are still alive on another planet inhabited by animals.
In "Human Error" Parts 1 and 2, Soundwave captures the Autobots with the help of his minions, Laserbeak and Ratbat, in order to brainwash them. Part of Soundwave's elaborate scheme consists of tricking the Autobots into thinking they have turned human. Optimus Prime's human form is a male caucasian in his early 20s wearing a red jacket. Sari forms a group of "Substitute Autobots" which consists of Scrapper, Wreck-Gar, and Snarl, to rescue them. They free the Autobots from Soundwave's control and Optimus grabbes Laserbeak to engage in a guitar vs. keytar battle with Soundwave, who used Ratbat. Optimus smashes Soundwave and Ratbat into pieces using Laserbeak in guitar mode, but Laserbeak grabs Soundwave's surviving components and flees.
In "Decepticon Air", Optimus receives a secret distress call from the Elite Guard ship that is carrying Decepticon prisoners. During the flight, the ship enters an electrical storm, which revives an inactive Swindle and he frees other prisoners to take over the ship. Transwarping to the ship via Swindle's personal transport field, Optimus joins forces with the Elite Guard, rounding up most of the Decepticons in the end.
In "Endgame" 2-parter, Ratchet builds Optimus a jet pack attachment to help in the coming battle against the Decepticons. After some initial difficulty, Optimus is able to get the hang of the device, only to be shot down by Starscream's female clone, Slipstream. Though Ratchet urges Optimus to use the Magnus Hammer, he is reluctant to do so, given his past with Ultra Magnus. In the end, he wields the weapon as the Lugnut-controlled Omega Supreme clones land on Earth. During the fight, Optimus manages to master the Magus Hammer's power in order t overwhelms Megatron to the point of being acknowledged by name. After a devastating battle, the last remaining Omega clones self-destruct due to Starscream's intervention. With Prowl's sacrifice, the Allspark is rebuilt into one as it forms a barrier around the Omega clone, along with Optimus and Megatron. Prowl's spirit pulls Optimus from the bubble just as the clone self-destructs with Megatron still trapped inside. Prime laments Prowl's passing before defeating a heavily damaged Megatron and sparing him the deathblow, saying that Megatron does not deserve the "easy way out". He and his team return to Cybertron with Omega Supreme, the captured Decepticons, and Prowl's body and are greeted as the hero he had wished to be so long ago. The reconstructed Allspark, having a structure similar to the G1 incarnation of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, is hung around his neck.
Optimus appeared in the 2008 BotCon voice actor play "Bee in the City", voiced by David Kaye. In this story, Professor Sumdac attempts to create a teleportation system to get the Autobots to Cybertron, but an interaction with Sari's key ends up transporting Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Sari to Transtech Cybertron. There, they met Flareup and are detained by Shockwave. Bumblebee teams up with Beast Wars Megatron to free his comrades, but must then stop Megatron from taking the key for himself. Afterward, the Autobots and Sari returned to their own dimension.
After the events of Transformers Animated the Stunticons set up a Stunt Convoy show in the city of Kaon and use it as cover to attempt to break Megatron out of his detention at Trypticon. Their attempts are thwarted thanks to the efforts of Cheetor, Optimus Prime, and Sideswipe. The Stunticons are placed in detention with Megatron and an attempt to rescue them was made by the Decepticons Blot, Mindwipe, Oil Slick, Scalpel, Sky-Byte, and Strika.
Optimus Prime appears among the characters in Re-Unification, the 2010 TFCon voice actor play prelude comic.
- Animated McDonald's Happy Meal Optimus Prime (2008)
- Animated Bumper Battlers Optimus Prime (2008)
- A Deluxe class toy truck for younger children. When the front end hits an object, it opens to transform into Optimus Prime.
- Animated Bumper Battlers Nightwatch Optimus Prime (2008)
- A purple redeco of Bumper Battler Prime.
- Universe Animated Legends Optimus Prime (2008)
- A Micro class toy released in the Universe Legends line. Unlike all Animated releases of the character, this version had Tech Spec numbers on the package.
- This figure, along with Legends Bumblebee, was also bundled with Deluxe Stealth Lockdown.
- Animated Activators Optimus Prime (2008)
- A simple scout-class version of the character with a push-button transformation.
- This toy is about 1:62 scale.
- Also sold in Japan as part of the "Super Collection Vol. 1" gift set alongside Activators Ratchet, Megatron and Lockdown.
- Animated Deluxe Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime (2008)
- A Deluxe class figure that transforms from Cybertronian truck to robot. Comes with a foldable axe that stows at the rear of the truck mode. The truck's roof becomes Prime's shield or can attach to the axe to become a larger axe.
- This toy is about 1:44 scale.
- Animated Deluxe Optimus Prime with Battle Damage (2008)
- An Earth mode remold of the Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime with battle damage. Has a show-accurate gigantic axe and appears to be based on G1 Optimus Prime. Originally bundled with Deluxe Cyberton Mode Megatron in "The Battle Begins" 2-pack set, this toy was sold later in a Walmart exclusive 2-pack with Blackarachnia. .
- Animated Voyager Optimus Prime Earth Mode (2008)
- A Voyager class figure that transforms from semi-trailer truck to robot. Head features retractable face plate. The figure's main gimmick is a spring-loaded mechanism that spins the lower torso during transformation to robot mode. Trailer detaches and transforms into a giant Ion Axe or jet pack. Prime's gun can be filled with a small amount of water. Some variants of the figure come with the Autobot symbol printed on his left shoulder while others do not.
- This toy is about 1:39 scale.
- The mold for this figure is also used for the BotCon 2011 exclusive Motormaster and Toxitron figures.
- Animated Supreme Roll Out Command Optimus Prime (2008)
- A Supreme sized version of Optimus Prime, based on the Voyager class figure design. When pushed forward, the upper torso spins and transforms, with the transformation sound indicating the completion of the process. The right arm has an axe-swinging action while the left arm has a punching action. Includes show-accurate battle axe that features retractable blades and a spinning jet flame. Also features sound effects and pre-recorded dialogue ("My name is Optimus Prime!", "Let's go!" and "Bring it on!"), as voiced by David Kaye.
- This toy is about 1:22 scale.
- Animated Activators Armor Up Optimus Prime (2009)
- A redeco of the Activators figure with a silver head and a paint scheme made to resemble Star Convoy.
- Animated Voyager Wingblade Optimus Prime (unreleased)
- A redeco of Deluxe Earth Mode Optimus Prime with the jet pack attachments and a smaller version of Ultra Magnus' Mass Hammer, as seen in the "Endgame" series finale. The Wingblade attachments are also compatible with Voyager Optimus Prime. The figure never saw a release in the U.S. market due to Hasbro's decision to cancel the toy line, but a variation of it was made available in Japan.
- Animated TA-01 Voyager Optimus Prime (2010)
- The 2010 Japan release by Takara Tomy features a metallic paint finish, as opposed to the original's matte finish.
- Also bundled with TA-06 Voyager Megatron.
- Animated DiaBlock Optimus Prime (Kawada) (2010)
- Animated TA-01 Voyager Black Optimus Prime (2010)
- A black/teal redeco (a la Nemesis Prime) of the Voyager figure sold exclusively at the Transformers Museum in Japan. Only 300 units will be available at the event itself, while the second production run will have 1,000 units ready by the end of the year.
- Animated Sons of Cybertron Deluxe Translucent Optimus Prime (2010)
- A translucent remold of the Deluxe Earth Mode Optimus Prime bundled with Rodimus in the Japan-exclusive Sons of Cybertron boxed set.
- Animated TA-01 Voyager Elite Guard Optimus Prime (2010)
- A Million Publishing exclusive in Japan, offered for sale to those who purchase the Transformers Animated Encyclopedia. The figure is a metallic red/black/gold redeco with the Elite Guard insignia on the left side of the chest.
- Animated Mini EZ Collection Optimus Prime (2010)
- A new mold that stands at 60 mm tall, shorter than the regular Legends/EZ Collection figures.
- Animated TA-38 Voyager Wingblade Optimus Prime (2010)
- While the Hasbro version was never released, the Wingblade Optimus Prime figure was made available in Japan by Takara Tomy on September 2010. This version differs completely from the Hasbro version, wherein it uses a translucent remold of the Voyager figure instead of the Deluxe figure.
- Animated TA-41 Optimus Prime Light & Sound (2010)
- The Japan release version of Supreme Rollout Command Optimus Prime by Takara Tomy. It will have a metallic repaint and come with an exclusive Optimus Prime Sega Kids card.
- Animated Deluxe Golden Optimus Prime (2010)
- A Japan exclusive, to be released in a limited number of 1,000 with the first DVD volume of the series. The figure is repainted in a gold chrome finish.
- Animated VS-F Deluxe Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime (2010)
- A metallic redeco of the Deluxe figure exclusive in Japan. Bundled with Deluxe Cybertron Mode Megatron.
- Animated Activators Crystal Optimus Prime (2010)
- A Japan mail-in exclusive clear remold of the Activators figure, to be offered through Kerokero Ace magazine, which publishes the Transformers Animated: The Cool manga.
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