The toys of Optimus Prime.



  • Optimus Prime (Super Base, 2002/2003)
Japanese ID number: MC-01

Stand up and be counted, container!

The first Unicron Trilogy Optimus Prime toy transforms into a longnose truck cab of made-up model. His clear-plastic smokestacks can detach and form a double-barrelled pistol that he can hold in robot mode, and a button on top of his head causes his mouthplate to jiggle up and down as if he were talking (the irony being that while this was a familiar trait of G1 Optimus Prime, in the Armada animated series, this Prime's mouthplate remained static when he talked). He can also hold a large cannon that is stored within his trailer, and his chest flips down to reveal a (non-removable) Matrix. He is packaged with his Mini-Con partner Sparkplug.
The toy's primary gimmick is its auto-transforming trailer. Once activated, it transforms into one of three configurations, triggered by an infra-red signal transmitted from the cab robot. Transforming the cab into robot mode will cause the trailer to automatically flip open the traditional battle-station configuration - Prime can stand in the center of the base, but otherwise, it is more to scale with Mini-Cons (despite the fact that it lacks any great amount of flat surfaces for them to stand on). The base features a central tower with a pop-out artillery emplacement and a mount for Prime's large cannon; a rotating missile-firing turret; two Mini-Con storage bays, one of which is equipped with a tab that owners can manually slide to launch a Mini-Con from the bay; and two live Mini-Con hardpoints, one of which pops up a non-firing turret, the other activating a laser noise.
Prime's cab and trailer can also combine to form a super robot mode. The cab transforms into the torso portion - doing so causes the trailer to automatically raise itself up off the ground to become a pair of legs (as long as you're not playing with it on carpet). Connecting the torso to the legs causes the super-robot head to pop up with a metallic shriek. Pressing the Autobot symbol on the figure's chest activates a pulsing laser sound effect,the Japanese version also has an additional Japanese phrase, which roughly translates to "Convoy, ready for battle!" and the small grey button on his right shoulder illuminates his fist with a red LED, which can illuminate either of his guns, as well as - notionally - the Star Saber sword. The Star Saber was specifically cast in clear plastic for this purpose, but in practise, the idea was something of a failure, with the light failing to carry even halfway up the blade. Prime's firing missiles and Mini-Con activated gimmicks remain accessible in this mode, but look a bit doofy if you deploy them.

Optimusbob Jetfirepants!!!

In lieu of combining with his trailer, Prime can also link his torso up to Armada Jetfire, who forms a pair of legs, as "Jet Optimus" (or "Jet Convoy" if you own the Japanese version). In addition to this, he can combine in various configurations with Armada Overload, who can form a pair of massive cannons that attach to either Prime's base mode, or mount over the shoulders of his super robot torso (with either his trailer or Jetfire as legs), forming Optimus Prime Megaweapon (or Magna Convoy).
The initial Hasbro release of this toy had tabs in its shoulder joints that did not allow the shoulders to rotate above the horizontal default position, so as not to break the wires that run through the toy's right arm in super mode. Coupled with the limited elbow joints, Optimus Prime could only point his weapons in the direction towards the ground. These tabs were not in the Takara version (which also differed in its use of bright yellow plastics and paint in place of the Hasbro's gold), and were also removed from subsequent version of the Hasbro release.
Late in the Japanese run, Optimus toys in Jusco stores came with blind-packed "Space Galaxy" versions of the individual Destruction Mini-Con Team members, one toy per box.
  • Optimus Prime (Supercon, 2003)
Japanese ID number: MC-06

Mini-Con-activated shimmy-shimmy.

A smaller version of the Super Base toy, this version of Armada Optimus Prime retains the vehicle mode and coloration, but has no trailer or super robot connectivity (though he can still pull the trailer). He retains the flip-down chest in robot mode, but has no molded Matrix. Instead, the toy is designed for maximum posability. Attaching a Mini-Con to the Powerlinx plug on Optimus' back activates a double-fisted "punching" gimmick. He came with the Mini-Con Over-Run. It's worth noting that this Optimus Prime is the shortest of the Armada Supercons in robot mode. His smokestacks can come off like the Super Base version, but lack the "gun" mode or any other method of connectivity to Optimus.
The initial release of the figure featured silver lights on his roof; later on, the lights were changed to yellow, and later still, an Autobot emblem was added to the roof of the vehicle. The latter two changes only affected the American release.
This mold was also used to make Armada Nemesis Prime, Universe Ultra Magnus, and the first Cybertron Deluxe-class Optimus Prime.
Shipping in a great many waves throughout most of the later run of the line, Supercon Optimus became a notorious pegwarmer.
The acronym "STD" in the Japanese release ("STD Convoy") stands for "standard," as in this is the standard toy release of Convoy, without a Super Mode.
  • Golden Convoy (Super Base, August, 2003)
A redeco of Optimus Prime with golden vacuum metalizing. It was a first prize of the sortition and only exclusive in certain stores and department stores. There is a golden vacuum metalizing Armada Jetfire as another first prize. They can combine into Golden Jet Prime, of course.
  • Optimus Prime (Happy Meal, 2003)
An extremely simplified version of Optimus Prime, turning into a truck, although without any trailer. He can combine with the other Happy Meal Armada toys (Hot Shot, Red Alert, and Smokescreen) into a super robot. Well, kind of, anyway.
  • Powerlinx Optimus Prime (Super Base, 2003)

Dracula Prime?

This is an extensive redeco of the Super Base Armada Optimus Prime toy, with the new colours bearing little similarity to the original color scheme. Though, the colors of the cab truck are vaguely similar to the Diaclone toy that would become Ultra Magnus. He came with Sparkplug again, though this time his Mini-Con partner got new molding. All of the gimmicks from the first version remain intact in this one, though --as noted-- the super robot mode arms are not as restricted.
  • Crystal Convoy (Supercon, 2003)

Optimus Prime can't avoid his toy contracts even when he's dead!

A Japanese TV Magazine exclusive, this release of the Supercon-Class Convoy toy has almost all of his parts cast in translucent plastics, hence the 'crystal' title. Available via mail-order, only 5000 pieces were distributed in October of 2003.
This version of Optimus Prime is supposed to represent his "spark" from when his body was destroyed in the Armada cartoon episode Crisis.
  • Battle for the Matrix (Multi-pack, 2003)
A K-Mart exclusive set released on "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving, the most hellishly busy shopping day of the year), this set consists of Super Base Optimus Prime, Jetfire, their respective partner Mini-Cons Sparkplug and Comettor, the Adventure Mini-Con Team, and oddly enough, Longarm. Optimus Prime's red plastics and paint were replaced with gold, the only changes made to anyone in the set. It is this set from which the name of Optimus Prime's combined mode with Jetfire, Jet Prime, comes.
  • Magna Convoy DX Set (Multi-pack, 2003)

I think he needs another gun.

This set is a Toys "R" Us Japan exclusive, consisting of a slightly redecoed, and more show accurate Powerlinx Optimus Prime (dubbed "Convoy Final Battle Coloration"), a "crystal" version of Overload ("Ultra Magnus Special Clear Version") made out of transluscent plastics, and an exclusive X-Dimension redeco of the Street Action Mini-Con Team. This set is entirely "new" content not available in the normal mass-retail Micron Legend line, and is also the last release of "X-Dimension" Mini-Cons.
Rather than coming with individual bio cards for Optimus and Overload, this set came with a single card for the "Magna Convoy" combination of the two. (And no card for the Street Action Team, oddly enough.)
  • Optimus Prime (Built to Rule, 2004)

"My Matrix for a quick death." (How could this happen to me?)

Armada Built to Rule Optimus Prime transforms into a fair approximation of his vehicle mode, but the robot mode is quite inaccurate, due to the very broad, flat Trans-Skeleton with thin, stick-like limbs attached to it. The set came with a very simplistic "Mini-Con" Sparkplug partner kit that did have a more dedicated "Powerlinx" connector than the standard construction pegs, though these are a bit too thin to be used as attachment points for regular Mini-Cons (they stay, sort of, but it's a very loose connection). The 101-piece set also features pressure-launch missile-firing "smokestack" cannons.


  • Optimus Prime (Super, 2003, 2004)
Japanese ID number: SC-01

Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! And I'll form... the head!

Energon Optimus' first toy transforms into a Cybertronic short-nosed truck cab. A switch on his back alternates between different electronic sound effects, corresponding to his four drone-vehicles. (Note: The Takara version did not have the electronic sounds.) A button on his side also activates electronic sounds and a light in his chest. He also has a spring-loaded missile launcher hand-cannon.

Well, ONE of us has to go change now.

Optimus' trailer is designed to carry his four drone-vehicles (The "Grand Force" in Japan): Fire-1 (fire truck), Copter-2 (helicopter), Digger-3 (drill tank with gear-wheel-activated spinning drill), and Submarine-4 (submarine). Each of these drones can attach to one of Optimus's limbs to form a variety of super modes (which the Japanese line dubbed "Grand Cross"). The base robot can also combine with Energon Wing Saber to form "Optimus Prime Fight Mode" and "Optimus Prime Flight Mode", and Omega Supreme to form "Optimus Supreme" (or "Powerlinx Omega Supreme", according to the toy packaging). The Omega Supreme combination can also employ the drone-units.

They didn't have one in my size...

The earliest releases of this toy had a different head sculpt with a mouth where the faceplate is, similar to Beast Wars Optimal Optimus. It was soon replaced by the more familiar head sculpt with a faceplate. The Takara version of the toy uses the mouthless molding, but also has a chromed front grill and more intricate paint applications.
A redeco of this mold was planned to be released with Smallest Transformers Optimus Prime as a Target exclusive, but was canceled.
  • SL Grand Convoy (Deluxe, 2004)
Japanese ID number: SC-13

My name is Optimus Prime, and I like energon goodies.

This release of Grand Convoy/Optimus Prime was a small Deluxe-class toy that did not have a trailer, any electronics, or the ability to form Super Mode. However, it could Powerlinx with compatible Deluxe-class and Mega-class Autobots. Like the Armada Deluxe-Class version of Prime, this one too was on the small side for its size class.
His clear blue energon weapon is sculpted to resemble somewhat the Optimus Prime Energon Blaster role-play toy.
  • SL Grand Convoy w/ Kicker (multi-pack, 2003)
Japanese ID number: SS-03


Grand Convoy was also packed in a set with an exclusive variant of Kicker. This version of the toy has a chromed grill (the standard retail version uses painted plastic) and supposedly uses slightly shinier plastics.
  • Optimus Prime versus Megatron (multi-pack, 2004)
A Toys "R" Us exclusive in the US, though sold at pretty much any retailer that wanted to carry it elsewhere, this was merely the US release of the Deluxe-class Energon Optimus Prime from the Japanese SS-03 set, and the smaller Japanese Megatron toy. There are no appreciable differences between this set and the original Japanese versions.
  • Optimus Prime and Overload (Multi-pack, 2005)

How many times has this set has gotten reused?

A CostCo-exclusive redeco of the Armada Optimus Prime toy in black, yellow, and brick red, it also came with a redeco of Armada Overload. It is from this set that the name of Prime's combined form with Overload, Optimus Prime Megaweapon, comes.
  • Optimus Prime (Happy Meal, 2004)

Jesus and Santa rolled into one.

The Happy Meal version of Energon Optimus Prime is much simplified, yet features a very similar transformation sequence. Due to his limited articulation, his shoulder insignias are only visible in vehicle mode or with his arms splayed out horizontally.
His torso his hollow to store his electronic energon cube. He also comes with a "Mini-Con" jet that can mount on the top of his cab in truck form. The "Mini-Con" is actually a remote control which activates his energon cube's sound effects.
  • Optimus Prime (Happy Meal, 2004)
  • Optimus Prime (Built to Rule, 2005)

Blocktimus Prime

The Energon version of Built To Rule Optimus Prime was designed with a much more solid skeleton with larger, blockier limbs. He can be rebuilt from a Cybertronic truck cab with a trailer-mounted, pressure-launch dual-missile cannon (with electronic lights and sounds) to a robot, to basically whatever you feel like doing with the parts.
Unfortunately, due to the slow performance of the Built to Rule line overall, the Energon versions only had a limited, test-market release initially in and around Cincinnati, Ohio. The sets later filtered out into many Tuesday Morning and Ollie's chain stores at drastically dropped prices.


  • Optimus Prime (Leader, 2004, 2005)
Japanese ID number: GC-01

"Well... a fire truck is bigger."

Cybertron Optimus Prime transforms into a heavily-armed fire truck of made up origin. The wings and guns can be rearranged so the fire truck has a flight mode. Like Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime, the forward section of the fire truck detaches to transform into his standard robot mode, while the rear 'trailer' portion becomes a battle station (if you squint).
The trailer can combine with the standard robot mode to form a massive, winged backpack for the toy's Super Mode. A lever on the back of Optimus Prime's head raises the traditional Prime faceplate, covering his Optimus Primal-style mouth.
When a Cyber Planet Key is inserted into the large, rectangular electronic rail gun, the panels covering it open up and a different sound effect is played when the firing button is pressed. An LED also lights up. When a Cyber Key is inserted into the cannon that the rifle can attach to, two spring-loaded missile launchers pop out.
The Japanese release (Galaxy Convoy) featured a few additional paint applications, and the backpack's wings are attached by a metal hinge, and therefore cannot be removed.
In Super Mode, Optimus Prime can combine with Leobreaker to form "Savage Claw Mode", or Wing Saber to form "Sonic Wing Mode".
  • Ultra Magnus & Optimus Prime (Multi-pack, 2005)
This Costco exclusive is a repainted Super Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime toy. He was sold with Ultra Magnus, a repackaged Super Universe Ultra Magnus. He transforms into a Japanese Hino Brandlier fire truck. Harkening back to Generation One toys, he features chromed wheels with rubber tires. The forward section of his truck detaches to become his standard robot mode. His 'trailer' can be reconfigured into a sort of battle station. The station can then be disassembled and attached around the robot to form his Battle Mode.
The bio that accompanied this set indicates that these toys are new versions of the Unicron Trilogy characters, while Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus from the Cybertron comic matched this set.
  • Optimus Prime (Burger King)

DO NOT confuse me with him.

  • Optimus Prime (Legends of Cybertron, 2005)

Optimus Minor?

This very simplified version of Cybertron Optimus Prime has no weapons or trailer, just the front portion of the truck. It transforms into the standard robot mode, with a very similar transformation scheme to the full-sized toy, but cannot form Super Mode, and has no useful articulation of the shoulders. In Japan, this figure was released under the EZ label, and features a more show-accurate color scheme.
This mold was also used to make Classics Menasor and Universe Hot Zone.
  • Galaxy Convoy (metallic) (Legends of Cybertron, 2005)

To scale with something? Blasphemy!

A special metallic paint version of Legends of Cybertron Optimus Prime was included with the Japanese release of Cybertron Metroplex, as a demonstration of their actual size difference as depicted on the television series.
  • Sonic Convoy (multi-pack, 2005)
Japanese ID number: EX-02

I'm gorgeously shiny!

Sonic Convoy was a Toys R Us Japan exclusive redeco of Galaxy Convoy (Optimus Prime) and Sonic Bomber (Wing Saber). Most of Galaxy Convoy's truck cab parts were cast in translucent blue and red plastic, with the trailer being cast in much deeper reds, more metallic silver and chromed red opaque plastics.
The only appreciable difference between EX-02 Sonic Bomber and the regular release was that all of his previous vacuum-metallized chrome parts and red painted parts were now vacuum-metallized or chrome-painted red.
This set also came with Cobybot, a slight redeco of Scrapmetal using the humanoid robot head that is usually discarded when Scrapmetal toys are assembled.
  • Optimus Prime (Deluxe, 2006)

You've already bought me five times!

A recolor of the Supercon Armada Optimus Prime recolored to resemble the Leader class Galaxy Force Optimus Prime figure. Like the Battle in a Box Ultra Magnus version of this toy, the forearms of early releases of this toy were switched, making the elbow completely useless. However, this was corrected and later releases have his arms bend properly. At the tail end of the Cybertron line, the four planet symbols were added to the truck-mode's cab.
Optimus Prime includes a Cybertron style Cyber Key with the code d56b . Unfortunately, using this code on Hasbro's website actually yields information intended for Demolishor and vice-versa.
  • Optimus Prime (Deluxe, 2006)

Bananas are the right of all sentient beings.

A recolor of the Deluxe Beast Wars 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal toy, this version of Optimus Prime turns into a brown gorilla. It includes a hoverboard which reveals a missile launcher and an assault blade when a Cyber Key is inserted. His color scheme resembles Universe Optimus Primal.
He includes a Jungle Planet style Cyber Key with the code d7s9.
  • Galaxy Force Optimus Prime (Legends of Cybertron, 2006)

Cause we gotta little ol' convoy, rockin' through the night

A redeco of Legends of Cybertron Optimus Prime to resemble the Leader class Galaxy Force Optimus Prime figure, essentially replacing the blue with black, the yellow with silver and adding the Cyber Key symbol tampographs onto his shoulders, like the leader class version of this deco.
  • Galaxy Force Optimus Prime (Leader, 2006)

Sowing confusion on message boards everywhere.

Released at the tail-end of Cybertron, Galaxy Force Optimus Prime is a repaint of the Leader-class toy. The main differences are black replaces the blue plastic and blue paint, tinted translucent parts replace the translucent blue parts, and the toy's rifles, rail gun covers, missile launchers and leg guns being cast in red plastic. Also, the red paint used is much closer to fire-engine red than the original's. The unique Matrix-shaped Cyber Planet Key is finally painted gold.
The shoulders are adorned with the four planet symbols of the Cyber Planet Keys, supposedly to represent Optimus Prime as the leader of all remaining Transformers.
The 'Galaxy Force' addition to Optimus Prime's name is in reference to the journey the character takes at the end of the Cybertron cartoon series, as well as a reference to the Japanese version of the cartoon.

Cybertron Target Exclusive 4 Pack (Legends, 2006)

A four pack, exclusive to Target, of Legends class Optimus Prime, Megatron, Jetfire, Soundwave.


  • Super Optimus Prime (Galactic Showdown, 2006)
Attacktix ID number: SVT05
Faction: Autobot
Class: Leader
Special: Recover - 8/26 (31%) success ratio
Point Cost: 40
Base Speed: 4
Attack Type: Shooter (Heavy Energy Blast)
What can one say about a beast of a figure like Attacktix Super Optimus Prime? With the biggest missile, and probably the best defense in Attacktix, Super Optimus Prime is a devastating figure. This version of the figure is the Gold-based available only in the Star Wars vs. Transformers pack.
The SVT05 version of Super Optimus Prime has a gold base and a different power to the Booster version. He's able to recover -- standing up if you have another figure in play. In tournament play only one gold-based Attacktix figure may be used per team.
The mould has four points of articulation; head, shoulders and waist.
  • Super Optimus Prime (Booster, 2006)
Attacktix ID number: TF13
Faction: Autobot
Class: Leader
Special: Transform - 8/26 (31%) success ratio
Point Cost: 40
Base Speed: 4
Attack Type: Shooter (Heavy Energy Blast)

The booster version of Super Optimus Prime is nearly identical to the normal version except that it has a black base and a different power. Its power allows you to summon Super Optimus Prime's vehicle form from you backups -- transforming the figure.

  • Super Optimus Prime (Vehicle) (Booster, 2006)
Attacktix ID number: TF14
Faction: Autobot
Class: Leader
Special: Transform - 20/26 (77%) success ratio
Point Cost: 30
Base Speed: 8
Attack Type: Shooter (Small Missile)
Based on Cybertron Optimus Prime's fire truck mode, this figure is basically a support figure for your Super Optimus Prime robot mode figures. The figure's very reliable Transform power allows a player to get the expensive 40 point Super Optimus Prime figure into play for only 30 points.
The vehicle mode figure sits on a raised platform that can rotate 360 degrees, and his ladder has limited articulation. His high speed makes him one of the fastest shooters in the game.

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