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{{disambig3|Optimus Prime}}
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:''Optimus Prime is the [[Autobot]] leader in the [[Unicron Trilogy]] continuity family.''
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'''Written By:''' [[Chuck Dixon]]<br>
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'''Pencils By:''' [[Guido Guidi]]<br>
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'''Inks By:''' [[Aaron Leach]]<br>
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'''Additional Art By:''' [[Antonio Vasquez]], [[Luis Czerniawski]], and [[Sulaco Studios]]<br>
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'''Covers By:''' [[Guido Guidi]]<br>
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'''Edits By:''' [[Chris Ryall]], [[Dan Taylor]]<br>
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'''Colors By:''' [[Jay Fotos]]<br>
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'''Letters By:''' [[Robbie Robbins]]<br>
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'''Additional Colors By:''' [[Josh Burcham]]<br>
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'''Design By:''' [[Josh Burcham]]<br>
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'''Collection Edits By:''' [[Justin Eisinger]]<br>
   
[[Image:ArmadaOptimusPrime_dvd.jpg|right|thumb|350px|Prime, Prime, and [[Sparkplug (Armada)|Prime]].]]
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* ''Series:'' The Transformers: [[Evolutions]], [[Hearts of Steel]]
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* ''Original release date:'' ???
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* ''Preceded by:'' [[Hearts of Steel, Part 3]]
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* ''Major Characters (in order of appearance):'' [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]], [[Tobias Muldoon]], [[Mark Twain]], [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]], [[John Henry]], [[Jacob Lee Bonaventure]], [[Mister Vanflint]], [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]], [[Kitty Merriweather]], [[Stanford Merriweather]], [[Brawley]], [[Cletus]], [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]], [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]], [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]], [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]].
   
'''Optimus Prime''' fights for truth, justice, and the Autobot way. He has led the search for the [[Mini-Con]]s, faced the resurrection of a [[Unicron|dark god]], and now aims to stop [[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]] from obtaining the [[Cyber Planet Key]]s. He's also died a couple times, and tends to find a second-in-commandy-type to combine with to form a super robot.
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==Synopsis==
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On a railway in Arizona, the Army has set up a blockade. As [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]] approaches, the commander gives the order to fire. However, Astrotrain is moving too fast for them, and barrels right through the blockade.
   
He learns martial arts from [[Scavenger (Armada)|whoever]] turns into a [[Landmine (Energon)|bulldozer]], thinks [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]] has leadership potential and tends to recruit teenage children.
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Elsewhere, [[Tobias Muldoon]], [[Stanford Merriweather]], [[Kitty Merriweather]], and [[Mark Twain]] are driving Merriweather's private train as fast as they can, to intercept the [[Decepticons]]. They pull into a station to take on coal and water, and spot "one peculiar-looking locomotive". They confront [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]], [[John Henry]], and the [[Autobots]], but they all quickly realize they are on the same side, and the two teams join forces. The telegraph operator at the station, seeing the mechanized giants, telegraphs his boss, [[Jacob Lee Bonaveture]], with the news. Bonaventure is aboard Astrotrain, but isn't worried, as he has faith that [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] has plans for this eventuality. And, indeed, As Bonaventure and [[Mister Vanflint]] watch, [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]] deploys from one of the boxcars, taking on his [[altmode]] of a armed blimp, and sets off to intercept the [[Autobots]].
   
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Aboard Merriweather's private train, Merriweather and Twain commiserate about the joys of fatherhood while shoveling coal into the engine. Aboard Bumblebee, Henry and Muldoon talk about the difference between Autobots and Decepticons (while shoveling coal), until [[Cletus]] notices Scourge approaching. Scourge begins to drop bombs, so the two trains speed toward the protection of a tunnel. Muldoon runs back over the tops of the Autobots, concerned about Kitty on the following train, but is halted when [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]] partially transforms out of boxcar mode, and shoots holes in Scourge. The two trains make it to the tunnel (and Tobias makes it to Kitty) just as Scourge collides with the cliff above the tunnel, and explodes. Merriweather states that he now fully approves of Tobias' interest in Kitty.
   
:''Japanese ''Micron Legend'' name'': '''Convoy'''<br>
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As Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots emerge from the tunnel, a shell strikes the cliff overhead, blocking the tunnel entrance with boulders. Merriweather's private train and its passengers are trapped inside. The Autobots set to work clearing the rubble. Some distance away, Starscream orders another salvo of artillery. [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]] and [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]] direct the debris-clearing work, mentioning that there are humans and Autobots inside. The next round strikes several of the Autobots directly, temporarily incapacitating them, and John Henry and Bumblebee set off alone to stop the Decepticons. Astrotrain resumes its progress, but Bumblebee manages to catch up on an adjoining track. He gets ahead of Astrotrain, and Henry uses his hammer to flip a switch, directing Astrotrain, the Decepticons, Bonaventure, and Vanflint over a cliff, presumably to fall to their destruction.
:''Japanese ''Superlink'' name'': '''Grand Convoy'''<br>
 
:''Japanese ''Galaxy Force'' name'': '''Galaxy Convoy'''
 
   
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Later, John Henry, [[Brawley]], and Cletus clear enough rocks to free the Merriweathers, Muldoon, and Twain. The Autobots have already left, to return to their slumber, and to resume their war in the future.
   
==Fiction==
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==Quotes==
===Animated continuity===
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"It's a devil train outta Perdition!"<br>
====''Armada''====
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:'''-Anonymous soldier,''' re: '''Astrotrain'''<br>
:''Voice actor:'' [[Gary Chalk]] (US), [[Toru Okawa]] (Japan)
 
   
[[Image:Pre-arm-scavenger.JPG|left|thumb|]]
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"The inventiveness of these Decepticons is limitless. A never-ending ''genesis'' of gears and engines and devices."<br>
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:'''-Jacob Lee Bonaventure'''<br>
   
Millions of years ago, a young Optimus Prime fought with a great Decepticon warrior known as [[Scavenger (Armada)|Scavenger]]. So often were their clashes, and so familiar were they to each other, the pair eventually became friends, and Scavenger signed up with the Autobotd. Seeing great potential in the young Autobot leader, Scavenger taught Optimus Prime how to fight in hand-to-hand combat. Later, veteran Autobot [[Landmine (Energon)|Landmine]] trained Optimus in [[metallikato]] shortly before leaving [[Cybertron]] with [[Rodimus (Energon)|Rodimus]]. Optimus later notes that their training made him the warrior and soldier he is today. {{Storylink|Trust (Armada episode)|Trust}}
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"Now them Decepticons is headin' for the Yampah in a hurry. An' I hope they hit ever' rock on the way down."<br>
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:'''-John Henry'''<br>
   
Many years later, it is a more mature Optimus Prime that leads a small Autobot unit to [[Earth]] after the activation of the [[Mini-Con]] homing beacon. This beacon signaled to all the Transformers on Cybertron that the much-coveted Mini-Cons had survived their million years-long dissapearance. After warping to Earth, Optimus saves [[Rad White|three]] [[Carlos Lopez|human]] [[Alexis|children]] from the [[Decepticon]] leader, [[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]], who arrived on the alien world first.
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==Errors==
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* Ratchet states that there are Autobots trapped in the tunnel, but the Autobots later leave without clearing enough rubble to free anything Autobot-sized.
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* And, hey, it would have been nice if they'd helped some more with that rubble-clearing, y'know?
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* The Autobot train is shown as consisting of Bumblebee, Prowl, and ''two'' boxcars between them, which is not enough to account for the presence of Ratchet, [[Ironhide (G1)|Ironhide]], Sideswipe, and at least one other Autobot.
   
[[Image:ArmadaPrime_firstappearance.jpg|right|thumb|]]
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==Items of Note==
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*This issue was available with three covers.
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**Cover A, montage of Tobias Muldoon, Astrotrain in train mode, and (possibly) Astrotrain in robot mode.
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**Cover B, Ratchet sketch.
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**Retailer incentive cover, sketch of cover A.
   
Clashing with his arch enemy, Optimus Prime bought the children and their Mini-Con [[Highwire (Armada)|Highwire]] time to escape while around them, other Transformers warped into the battlefield. Later, after the Decepticons had reformatted themselves into suitable new vehicle modes, Optimus Prime saves them again, joined by his two subordinates [[Red Alert (Armada)|Red Alert]] and [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]]. {{Storylink|First Encounter}}
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[[Category: IDW issues]]
 
Befriending these children, he introduces his crew of Autobots to them. The children aid Prime as he leads his crew around the world, searching for the long-lost Mini-Con Transformers, before the Decepticon forces can take them and use them for their own evil deeds.
 
 
[[Image:Comrade_PrimeMaximumBlast.jpg|left|thumb|]]
 
 
Soon afterwards, both the Autobots and Decepticons detect a Mini-Con signal located in the [[Grand Canyon]]. With the help of the kids, Optimus Prime manages to pinpoint the location of the Mini-Con panel before he is confronted by [[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]], powerlinked to [[Leader-1]]. Outgunned, Optimus Prime is saved when Starscream arrogantly underestimates the [[Street Action Mini-Con Team|Street Action Team's]] combined form of [[Perceptor (Armada)|Perceptor]]. This distraction gives Optimus the opportunity to activate the Mini-Con panel, revealing that its occupant is [[Sparkplug (Armada)|Sparkplug]], Optimus Prime's old Mini-Con partner and friend. Together they Powerlink, activating Optimus's powerful Maximum Blast which sends the Decepticons into retreat. {{Storylink|Comrade}}
 
 
Through the treachery of [[Sideways]] and [[Thrust (Armada)|Thrust]], the Decepticons manage to secure all three of the [[Star Saber (Armada)|legendary]] [[Skyboom Shield|Mini-Con]] [[Requiem Blaster|weapons]] that form the [[Hydra Cannon]], the most powerful weapon in the universe. Mounting their new doomsday device aboard a starship, Megatron decides to wipe out the Autobot base on Earth, regardless of the massive collateral damage to the planet itself. Optimus Prime and Jetfire launch a pre-emptive strike against the warship in the hopes of disabling the weapon and rescuing the Mini-Cons. However, they are outnumbered forcing a desperate Optimus, to throw himself into the path of the cannon and use the [[Matrix of Leadership]] to save Earth, but at the cost of his life. {{Storylink|Crisis}}
 
 
Under the leadership of Hot Shot, the other Autobots give chase to the Decepticons aboard the [[Axalon (Armada)|Axalon]]. During a confrontation with their enemies, the Mini-Cons reach out to each other and resurrect Optimus from within the Matrix. There is little time to rejoice, as the Autobots pursue the Decepticons on their way back to Cybertron. {{Storylink|Miracle}}
 
 
[[Image:FinalbattlePrime_cartoon.jpg|left|thumb|250px|My [[Primus|God]], it's full of stars...]]
 
 
After Unicron's apparent defeat, both Optimus Prime and Galvatron succumb to their base natures and have one last battle within the Chaos Bringer. Fighting each other to a standstill, both are surprised when Unicron suddenly comes back to life, feeding off their hate for each other. Galvatron is drawn towards Unicron's maw, with Prime holding onto his tank treads, telling him to hold on. His nemesis then makes the decision to sacrifice his life, giving Prime a final victory, so that Unicron may be destroyed and their race will survive.
 
 
In the aftermath, Optimus Prime reflects that he doesn't deserve the [[Matrix of Leadership]] and leaves both the Autobots and Cybertron for places unknown. {{Storylink|Mortal Combat}}
 
 
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====''Energon''====
 
:''Voice actor:'' [[Gary Chalk]] (US), [[Katsuyuki Konishi]] (Japan)
 
 
[[Image:EnergonOptimusForms.jpg|thumb|250px|right|And I'll form the head!]]
 
 
A few years after the defeat of Unicron, Optimus Prime returns from exile to a newly-unified Cybertron where Autobots and Decepticons live side-by-side in peace. Reassuming leadership of the Autobots, Optimus Prime establishes a dialogue with the Earth governments with the help of his human friends. Earth sends a delegation to Cybertron, consisting of the three kids and [[Dr. Brian Jones]], the foremost expert in the newly discovered ore [[energon]] that both worlds covet.
 
 
Jones had brought along his young son, [[Kicker|Chad]] (also known as 'Kicker'), who was frightened by the tall, menacing robots. When the boy ran away to a ruined and abandoned part of Cybertron, Optimus Prime gave chase, warning Kicker that the area was strictly off limits. The boy accidently fell and found his way into a massive darkened chamber where an energy being known as [[Primus]] saves him. Optimus Prime finds his way into the chamber just as Primus evolves the human child. Sometime after this, Primus (now known as the creator-god of the Transformers), gives Optimus the [[Spark of Combination]], allowing him to grant combining powers to other Autobots.
 
 
Almost a decade later, it is brought to the attention of Optimus Prime that the energon mining facilities in Sol's asteroid belt, as well as their base on [[Mars]] had been attacked by a mysterious force of beast-like Transformers. Primus warns him that the enemy is after the energon, causing Optimus to assemble a unit so he can personally assess the situation. Finding no life on Mars, his unit then moves to Earth, where he saves Kicker and Ocean City from an attack by the same creatures. {{Storylink|Cybertron City}}
 
 
====''Cybertron''====
 
:''Voice actor:'' [[Gary Chalk]] (US), [[Taitem Kusunoki]] (Japan)
 
 
[[Image:CybertronPrime_finalbattlepose.jpg|left|thumb|]]
 
 
Primus' plan to trap Unicron inside an energon sun has failed, and this star has collapsed into a [[Unicron Singularity|massive black hole]]. Optimus Prime faces the greatest test in his existence when his home planet is threatened with destruction, but realises there is no choice but to evacuate the population to Earth. As they make plans to leave, a mysterious time-travelling Transformer named [[Vector Prime]] appears, advising Optimus to search for the [[Cyber Planet Key]]s, the only means of restoring Primus' spark, and the only way they can save Cybertron and the rest of the universe from oblivion. {{Storylink|Fallen (Cybertron episode)|Fallen}}
 
 
Arriving on Earth, Optimus Prime is forced to break his own strict orders to hide from the human population when he rescues the injured Landmine and three human children from [[Thundercracker (Armada)|Thundercracker]]. Befriending the children, named [[Coby]], [[Bud]] and [[Lori]], he relies on them to educate the Autobots about their new home and how to blend into the environment as Robots in Disguise. {{Storylink|Inferno (Cybertron episode)|Inferno}} {{Storylink|Hidden}}
 
 
Soon afterwards, the children's hometown of Boulder, Colorado is threatened with devastation by a landslide. Understanding how the humans would feel at the loss of their home, the Autobots leap into action, rescuing people trapped and leading them to safety, all the while in disguise. Optimus Prime (somehow) prevents the landslide by pumping water out of an underground lake beneath the mountain, causing it to collapse in on itself and eliminate the threat. {{Storylink|Collapse}}
 
 
===Dreamwave comics continuity===
 
====''Armada''====
 
[[Image:OptimusPrimeUT-Armada.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Freedom is the right of all sentient beings... unless they turn into guns.]]
 
 
Optimus Prime is notified by [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]] that the Decepticons are attacking Mini-Con villages. Later on, when the war comes to Earth, he saves the kids from [[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]], who is trying to get the Mini-Cons that they have befriended. After retrieving a Mini-Con escape pod in Alaska, he is suddenly pulled into an alternate reality Cybertron, one in which Unicron has already decimated the planet and is preparing to return and consume it. He is ultimately rescued by [[Jetfire (Armada)|Jetfire]] and [[Over-Run (Armada)|Over-Run]], and uses his knowledge of the fate that awaits Cybertron to rally both Decepticons and Autobots together and defeat the Chaos Bringer.
 
 
====''Energon''====
 
[[Image:Optimusprime ut armada px.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Optimus Prime (Powerlinx) during the years between the Unicron Battles and Energon. He thinks if he's not red and blue, nobody will recognize him.]]
 
 
Ten years after the defeat of Unicron, Over-Run showed Prime how to commune with Cybertron itself. Doing so reformatted the Autobot leader into a body capable of [[Powerlinx|Powerlinking]] with a team of 'drone' vehicles, and granting the ability to combine with each other to other Autobots.
 
 
Upon returning to Earth, he decided that the Autobots will no longer hide from the inhabitants, but work with them openly. This decision led, among other things, to the Autobots' induction into the UN.
 
 
When last seen ''(before the bankruptcy of [[Dreamwave Productions]])'', he was trapped in the remains of [[Unicron]], after Megatron's trapped spark used him to regain his freedom.
 
 
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===Panini comics continuity===
 
 
===Transformers Legends Anthology===
 
 
===''Transformers'' Playstation 2 game===
 
'''Voice actor:''' [[Gary Chalk]]
 
 
==Toys==
 
===Armada===
 
*'''Optimus Prime''' (Super Base, 2002/2003)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''MC-01'''
 
[[Image:Superbase_ArmadaPrime.jpg|right|thumb|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 for robot mode. Prime can also form the upper half of a super robot mode, which can connect to his trailer or to ''Armada'' [[Jetfire (Armada)|Jetfire]] in his combined robot mode to form "'''Jet Prime'''" or "'''Jet Convoy'''" If you own the Japanese Version. The super robot's right hand has an LED in it to light up either of Optimus' hand-held blasters, or the [[Star Saber (Armada)|Star Saber]] sword. He came with his Mini-Con partner [[Sparkplug (Armada)|Sparkplug]]. His robot-mode chest can flip down to reveal a non-removable [[Matrix]].
 
 
: The toy's primary gimmick is its auto-transforming trailer. When activated, transforming Optimus to robot mode causes the trailer to automatically flip open and form a Mini-Con base, with tower, spring-loaded missile launchers and storage bays, and other Mini-Con [[Powerlinx]]-activated gimmicks. Transforming Optimus to super robot half causes the trailer to fold in and stand up, forming legs for the super robot. Some of the base mode's armaments are still available in this configuration.
 
 
: Both the super robot mode and the trailer's base mode can have ''Armada'' [[Overload (Armada)|Overload]]'s cannon mode attached for added firepower, becoming '''Optimus Prime Megaweapon''' or '''Magna Convoy'''.
 
 
: The [[Takara]] version of Optimus is slightly different from the [[Hasbro]] version, using bright yellow plastics in place of the Hasbro's gold.
 
 
: 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 ran 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. The tab was not in the [[Takara]] version, and 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'''
 
[[Image:Supercon_ArmadaPrime.jpg|left|thumb|150px|Ironically, the smallest Deluxe of the line.]]
 
 
: A smaller version of the Super Base toy, this version of Optimus retains the altmode 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]] plus on Optimus' back activates a double-fisted "punching" gimmick. He came with the Mini-Con [[Over-Run (Armada)|Over-Run]]. It's worth noting that this Optimus 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 first releases of Supercon Prime had silver roof-lights. Later, the lights changed to yellow, and an Autobot sigil was [[tampograph]]ed onto his hood, but only on the Hasbro release.
 
 
: This mold was also used to make ''Armada'' [[Nemesis Prime (Armada)|Nemesis Prime]] and ''[[Universe]]'' [[Ultra Magnus (BIAB)|Ultra Magnus]].
 
 
: 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.
 
 
*'''Optimus Prime''' (Happy Meal, 2003)
 
 
*'''Powerlinx Optimus Prime''' (Super Base, 2003)
 
[[Image:Powelinx_Armadaprime.jpg|right|thumb|G2 Sparkplug]]
 
 
: This is an extensive [[redeco]] of the Super Base ''Armada'' Optimus Prime toy, with the new colours bearing little similarity to the original colour scheme. Though, the colours of the cab truck are vaguely similar to the [[Diaclone]] toy that would become [[Ultra Magnus (G1)|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)
 
 
: A Japanese ''Tele-V Magazine'' [[exclusive]], this release of the Supercon-Class Convoy toy has all of 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 is supposed to represent his "[[spark]]" from when his body was destroyed in the [[Armada (cartoon)|''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 (Armada)|Longarm]]. Optimus Prime's red plastics and paint were replaced with gold, the only changes made to anyone in the set. It is from this set that the name of Optimus Prime's combined mode with Jetfire, '''Jet Prime''', comes from.
 
 
*'''Magna Convoy DX Set''' (Multi-pack, 2003)
 
[[Image:Magna_Convoy.jpg|left|thumb|100px|I think he needs another gun.]]
 
 
: This set is a Toys "R" Us Japan exclusive, consisting of a slightly redecoed and more [[Show Accuracy|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)
 
[[Image:BTR_ArmadaPrime.jpg|right|thumb|155px|"My Matrix for a quick death."]]
 
 
:''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.
 
 
===Energon===
 
*'''Optimus Prime''' (Super, 2003, 2004)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''SC-01'''
 
 
[[Image:Energon_Prime_toy.jpg|left|thumb|He tows around a parking garage.]]
 
 
: ''Energon'' Optimus' first toy transforms into a Cybertronic short-nosed truck cab. A swtich on his back alternates between different electronic sound effects, corresponding to his four drone-vehicles. 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.
 
 
: 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' limbs to form a variety of super modes (which the Japanee 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 (Energon)|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.
 
 
: The earliest releases of this toy had a different head sculpt with a mouth where the faceplate is, similar to ''[[Beast Wars]]'' [[Optimus Primal|Optimal Optimus]]. It was soon replaced by the more familiar headsculpt with a faceplate. The [[Takara]] version of the toy uses the mouthless molding, but also has a chromed front grill, and slightly differnet [[paint application]]s here and there.
 
 
: A redeco of the super mold was planned to be released with Smallest Transformers [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] as a Target exclusive, but was cancelled.
 
 
*'''SL Grand Convoy''' (Deluxe, 2004)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''SC-13'''
 
 
[[Image:STD_Grand_Convoy.jpg|right|thumb|165px|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, nor was it able 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 sizeclass.
 
 
: His clear blue energon weapon is sculpted to somewhat resemble the Optimus Prime Energon Blaster roleplay toy.
 
 
*'''SL Grand Convoy w/ Kicker''' (multi-pack, 2003)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''SS-03'''
 
[[Image:Slgrandconvoykicker_toy.jpg|left|thumb|KICKER KICKER OUR PLANETS KICKER]]
 
 
: 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 is suppoesedly 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 (Armada)|Megatron]] toy. There are no appreciable differences between this set and the original Japanese versions.
 
 
*'''Optimus Prime and Overload''' (Multi-pack, 2005)
 
 
: 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 (Armada)|Overload]]. It is from this set that the name of Prime's combined form with Overload, '''Optimus Prime Megaweapon''', comes from.
 
 
*'''Optimus Prime''' (Happy Meal, 2004)
 
[[Image:McEnergon-prime.jpg|right|thumb|155px|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 with his arms splayed out horizontally, or in vehicle mode.
 
 
: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)
 
 
[[Image:BTR_EnergonPrime.jpg|left|thumb|175px|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" chain stores at drastically dropped prices.
 
 
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===Cybertron===
 
* '''Optimus Prime''' (Leader, 2004, 2005)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''GC-01'''
 
[[Image:Cybertron_Prime_toy.jpg|right|thumb|200px|"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 (RID)|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.
 
 
:In Super Mode, Optimus Prime can combine with [[Overhaul (Cybertron)|Leobreaker]] to form '''"Savage Claw Mode"''', or [[Wing Saber]] to form '''"Sonic Wing Mode"'''.
 
 
* '''Optimus Prime''' (Burger King)
 
 
* '''Optimus Prime''' (Deluxe, 2006)
 
:A recolor of the Supercon ''Armada'' Optimus, it has been recolored to closer resemble the Optimus from Cybertron. Like the original coloring 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.
 
 
* '''Optimus Prime''' (Legends of Cybertron)
 
[[Image:LOC_CybertronPrime.jpg|left|thumb|165px|[[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.
 
 
* '''Sonic Convoy''' (multi-pack, 2005)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''EX-02'''
 
 
: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 vaccum-metalized chrome parts and red painted parts were now vaccum-metalized 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, Beast)
 
: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 assualt blade when a [[Cyber Key]] is inserted. He includes a [[Jungle Planet]] style Cyber Key with the code '''d7s9'''.
 
 
* '''Galaxy Force Optimus Prime''' (Leader, 2006)
 
[[Image:Cyb_GalaxyForceOptimusPrime.jpg|right|thumb|200px|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. 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.
 
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===Attacktix===
 
*'''Super Optimus Prime''' (Galactic Showdown, 2006)
 
: ''Attacktix ID number'': '''SVT05'''
 
 
*'''Super Optimus Prime''' (Booster, 2006)
 
: ''Attacktix ID number'': '''TF13'''
 
 
*'''Super Optimus Prime (Vehicle)''' (Booster, 2006)
 
: ''Attacktix ID number'': '''TF14'''
 
 
==Trivia==
 
[[Image:MonsterConvoy.jpg|100px|left|thumb|Arise, Bigfootimus Prime.]]
 
 
* According to the [[Transformers (Melbourne House)|''Armada'' Playstation 2 game]] instruction booklet, Optimus Prime's ''Armada'' body has the following statistics:
 
:Mass: 18,960 lbs
 
:Robot height: 22' 11"
 
:Robot top speed: 31 mph
 
:Vehicle height: 8' 3"
 
:Vehicle top speed: 125 mph
 
:Vehicle power: 700 hp @ 2500 rpm
 
 
* One of the earliest ''Armada'' Optimus Prime concepts depicts him as being an ENORMOUSLY HUGE MONSTER TRUCK. Makes one wonder about the origins of the "Monster Convoy" inscription on Super Base Optimus Prime's tires.
 
 
* For at least part of the Energon animated series, the CGI model for Optimus Prime's handgun resembled an oversized six-shooter rather than the actual toy's chamber-less handgun for unknown reasons.
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.tfu.info/2002/Autobot/OptimusPrime/optimusprime.htm Optimus Prime at TFU.info]
 
* [http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d75/binalternator/unreleased/optimus_prime_mini_optimus_prime/ Energon Optimus Prime redeco with Smallest Transformers Optimus Prime gallery]]
 
 
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Written By: Chuck Dixon
Pencils By: Guido Guidi
Inks By: Aaron Leach
Additional Art By: Antonio Vasquez, Luis Czerniawski, and Sulaco Studios
Covers By: Guido Guidi
Edits By: Chris Ryall, Dan Taylor
Colors By: Jay Fotos
Letters By: Robbie Robbins
Additional Colors By: Josh Burcham
Design By: Josh Burcham
Collection Edits By: Justin Eisinger

Synopsis

On a railway in Arizona, the Army has set up a blockade. As Astrotrain approaches, the commander gives the order to fire. However, Astrotrain is moving too fast for them, and barrels right through the blockade.

Elsewhere, Tobias Muldoon, Stanford Merriweather, Kitty Merriweather, and Mark Twain are driving Merriweather's private train as fast as they can, to intercept the Decepticons. They pull into a station to take on coal and water, and spot "one peculiar-looking locomotive". They confront Bumblebee, John Henry, and the Autobots, but they all quickly realize they are on the same side, and the two teams join forces. The telegraph operator at the station, seeing the mechanized giants, telegraphs his boss, Jacob Lee Bonaveture, with the news. Bonaventure is aboard Astrotrain, but isn't worried, as he has faith that Starscream has plans for this eventuality. And, indeed, As Bonaventure and Mister Vanflint watch, Scourge deploys from one of the boxcars, taking on his altmode of a armed blimp, and sets off to intercept the Autobots.

Aboard Merriweather's private train, Merriweather and Twain commiserate about the joys of fatherhood while shoveling coal into the engine. Aboard Bumblebee, Henry and Muldoon talk about the difference between Autobots and Decepticons (while shoveling coal), until Cletus notices Scourge approaching. Scourge begins to drop bombs, so the two trains speed toward the protection of a tunnel. Muldoon runs back over the tops of the Autobots, concerned about Kitty on the following train, but is halted when Sideswipe partially transforms out of boxcar mode, and shoots holes in Scourge. The two trains make it to the tunnel (and Tobias makes it to Kitty) just as Scourge collides with the cliff above the tunnel, and explodes. Merriweather states that he now fully approves of Tobias' interest in Kitty.

As Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots emerge from the tunnel, a shell strikes the cliff overhead, blocking the tunnel entrance with boulders. Merriweather's private train and its passengers are trapped inside. The Autobots set to work clearing the rubble. Some distance away, Starscream orders another salvo of artillery. Prowl and Ratchet direct the debris-clearing work, mentioning that there are humans and Autobots inside. The next round strikes several of the Autobots directly, temporarily incapacitating them, and John Henry and Bumblebee set off alone to stop the Decepticons. Astrotrain resumes its progress, but Bumblebee manages to catch up on an adjoining track. He gets ahead of Astrotrain, and Henry uses his hammer to flip a switch, directing Astrotrain, the Decepticons, Bonaventure, and Vanflint over a cliff, presumably to fall to their destruction.

Later, John Henry, Brawley, and Cletus clear enough rocks to free the Merriweathers, Muldoon, and Twain. The Autobots have already left, to return to their slumber, and to resume their war in the future.

Quotes

"It's a devil train outta Perdition!"

-Anonymous soldier, re: Astrotrain

"The inventiveness of these Decepticons is limitless. A never-ending genesis of gears and engines and devices."

-Jacob Lee Bonaventure

"Now them Decepticons is headin' for the Yampah in a hurry. An' I hope they hit ever' rock on the way down."

-John Henry

Errors

  • Ratchet states that there are Autobots trapped in the tunnel, but the Autobots later leave without clearing enough rubble to free anything Autobot-sized.
  • And, hey, it would have been nice if they'd helped some more with that rubble-clearing, y'know?
  • The Autobot train is shown as consisting of Bumblebee, Prowl, and two boxcars between them, which is not enough to account for the presence of Ratchet, Ironhide, Sideswipe, and at least one other Autobot.

Items of Note

  • This issue was available with three covers.
    • Cover A, montage of Tobias Muldoon, Astrotrain in train mode, and (possibly) Astrotrain in robot mode.
    • Cover B, Ratchet sketch.
    • Retailer incentive cover, sketch of cover A.
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