Optimus Prime (Shattered Glass)

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Transformers character
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Shattered Glass Optimus Prime toy
First appearance

Transformers: Timelines Volume 2 #3, "Shattered Glass"
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Semi-truck
Function

Emperor of Destruction
Motto

"All sentient beings are free to follow me. Refusal means destruction!"
Partner

Goldbug, Grimlock and Jazz
Series

Transformers: Timelines
Sub-group

BotCon exclusives, Deluxe vehicles, Primes, Voyagers
Tech specs

ST09 IN08 SP05 EN09

RN10 CO08 FB08 SK09

Optimus Prime is a fictional character from the Shattered Glass Transformers series. Introduced as a character at Botcon 2008, he is an evil version of the heroic Optimus Prime from a parallel dimension.

Shattered Glass

A new Optimus Prime character appeared as the centerpiece for the 2008 BotCon exclusive toy set. This Optimus Prime leads the Autobots in a mirror universe where the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good.

Optimus carries a laser cannon and ion blaster which combine into a shoulder cannon.[1]

Several third party Transformers have been created that were inspired by this character, like Double Shattered Glass Konvoy and a purple recolor of Knight Morpher Commander.

Fictional biography

During Cybertron's Golden Age of peace, an elite few served as the guardians of Cybertron's accumulated knowledge. Among these data clerks was Optronix. A low-level operator who sought to replace those above him, Optronix turned his research skills to finding methods of manipulation. Eventually, he rose to prominence; however, when his activities were uncovered, he was removed from service and left purposeless. Deep in his Ember though, Optronix believed he was best fit to lead Cybertron. He hungered for power and through his studies, he determined that military might was the only way to achieve his goals. Preaching a philosophy of destruction and conquest, he eventually began re-engineering his body as well as taking on a new name: Optimus Prime. He then began refashioning the bodies of his followers into weapons as well. Armed with weapons and a uniting philosophy, he declared his warriors autonomous from the rest of Cybertron and thus named them the Autobots!

Reception

The Botcon 2008 set was chosen as the "Action Figure Digest Hot Pick." This version of Optimus Prime was featured on their magazine cover.[2]

Comics

Fun Publications

Optimus Prime appears as leader of the Autobot forces in the Transformers: Timelines story "Shattered Glass" by Fun Publications. When Cliffjumper (actually the Generation 1 character from a parallel universe) is seemingly discovered alive, Optimus welcomes his old friend back to the Autobot fold. After learning that Clffjumper is not the evil Autobot he remembers, he shoots Cliffjumper and leaves him to fend for himself in the Rad Zone. Optimus plans to launch his new warship, the Ark, to conquer Earth, but Cliffjumper aids Megatron's heroic Decepticon forces in a successful an attack on the Ark's launch platform.[3]

Optimus Prime appears in the text-based fiction Dungeons & Dinobots. He commands the Autobots to attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. The attack is thwarted when the main Decepticon forces are augmented by the Mayhem Suppression Squad. When Wheeljack attacks both the Autobots and Decepticons with a massive force of drone Dinobots, Optimus offers to allow the outcast Autobot scientist to rejoin the Autobot ranks if the Dinobots destroy the Decepticons. The Dinobots prove unstable and go on a rampage, attacking everyone - including each other. Optimus punishes Wheeljack by having Ratchet reformat him for Earth mode (painfully) and then assigning him to the Ark repair crew, on the advice of Side Burn. He punishes Blurr for allowing his heroic Decepticon cousin Crasher (part of the Mayhem Suppression Squad) to live. When Grimlock returns to the Autobots, Optimus lets him live because the Dinobot has gained a useful intelligence and helps in work on the Ark.

Megatron is captured by the Autobot Targetmasters in Do Over. When Optimus learns Megatron has been captured, he rushes to be the one who kills his old enemy, despite the closing launch window of the Ark. When confronted by Optimus Prime, Megatron attempts to use the Autobot Targetmaster Nightstick to shoot the Autobot leader, but Nightstick takes control of Megatron's arm. Megatron then tricks Optimus into using Megatron's own sword to cut Megatron's hand off, freeing him from Nightstick. Optimus fails to kill his foe and misses the launching of the Ark, which has been taken over by Rodimus. He then takes out his anger on Blurr.

In Reunification, Optimus is seen building his new ultimate weapon, Omega Doom. He learns that Megatron has supposedly been killed by watching a broadcast from the Autobot reporter Rook. When Kup leads the Autobots Camshaft, Hound and Warpath in an attempt to assassinate Optimus Prime, the Autobot leader easily defeats the four rebels. Alpha Trion then attempts to kill Optimus, but Optimus uses Omega Doom against the ancient mech. Prime then sends Doom against the Decepticons.

Optimus appears in a flashback in The Coming Storm, shooting Nightscream.

Optimus Prime appears in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[4]

Optimus later leads an attack on Decepticon City on Earth, during which he engages Galvatron in a duel in which Rodimus interferes. As a result he is badly damaged, and when the Autobots retreat to Cybertron he and several other fallen Autobots are dumped into space, where they encounter Unicron. Though he is initially resistant to Unicron's offer to cleanse his mind of chaos, he later relents after Unicron shows him a vision of his "greatest victory" and accepts reformatting into Nova Prime, leader of the Knights of Unicron.

Transformers: Mosaic

Optimus Prime appears in the Transformers Mosaic story "I Will Be God" by Wout Jut.[5]

Toys

  • Timelines Voyager Optimus Prime (2008)
A Botcon 2008 exclusive recolor of the Voyager Classic Optimus Prime figure, done in purple and black with painted-in "battle damage". The toy has purple Autobot logos and the phrase "Till all are gone." on the side of the vehicle mode.[6]
  • Timelines Deluxe Optimus Prime (2012)
A Botcon 2012 exclusive recolor of Deluxe Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime.
  • Heerotoysmaker Smallest Botcon Optimus Prime (2012)
An unlicensed toy based on the Smallest Convoy toy with additional features, including modified guns, a trailer and roller. Recolored to look like Shattered Glass Optimus Prime.
  • Masterpiece Shattered Glass Optimus Prime (unreleased)
A recolor of Transformers: Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime as the Shattered Glass version; it includes a trailer that converts into an upright accessory for the figure in robot mode. It comes with a Matrix accessory despite Shattered Glass Optimus never being shown to possess one, as well as a translucent green version of Optimus' Energon axe.

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.unicron.com/tfitem/itemimage_view.php?mode=instructions&itemID=1508&imageID=907
  2. "Botcon 2008 Transformers... Unite". Tomart's Action Figure Digest (Tomart Publications) 1 (164): 32–35. 2008. 
  3. Pete Sinclair & Benson Yee (w), Don Figueroa (p), Don Figueroa (i), Espen Grundetjern (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Shattered Glass" Transformers Timelines v2, 3 (Botcon 2008), Fun Publications
  4. http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2012-transformers-invasion-box/17534/news.html
  5. http://transformers-mosaic.deviantart.com/art/I-WILL-BE-A-GOD-258018169
  6. BotCon.com - '08 Figures

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