Carrying on traditions, starting some new ones, and wearing your friends as clothing. Cybertron Optimus Prime!

I have already stated before that I found Cybertron unwatchable, but quite enjoyed Galaxy Force, however I loved almost all of the Cybertron toyline. Cybertron Optimus Prime — and by extension Galaxy Force Convoy — are a wonderful, wonderful toy.

Optimus Cybertron Robot

Though Armada Prime has the Matrix molded into his robot mode chest, Energon Prime replaced that with the new Spark of Combination. Cybertron returns to the Matrix of Leadership and goes as far as including a removable one with the toy, this time housed in a rather intricately detailed Matrix chamber in his chest..

Optimus Cybertron Matrix

He even gets a unique Cyber Key, the gimmick for the line, shaped like the Matrix as well.

Optimus Cybertron Cyber Key

Though most aspects of adding gimmicks to a toyline whose very existence is based on the gimmick of transformation make me roll my eyes, one very cool part of the Cyber Keys were the codes specific to the Transformer the key came with that could be entered on the Hasbro website to unlock images and text. Optimus Prime’s code unlocked some cool historical information,

“In the history of the Transformers brand in the United States, there have been over 25 different versions of Optimus Prime! If you add in the various versions of Optimus Primal – there have been close to 40 different versions of the classic red, blue and silver hero!!! ”

Continuing on another tradition established by Robots in Disguise, Armada, and to a different extent, Energon, Optimus has the ability to merge with his trailer. Though now he has added an impressive wingspan to his super mode, something that would then go on to become a tradition of its own.

Optimus Cybertron Super Robot

In a wonderful bit of detailing, along with the wings that fold out from the sides of his head, you can raise a faceplate to cover his mouth in Super mode.

Optimus Cybertron Heads

Granted, you can do that not in Super mode, but that seems kinda pointless. His super mode also has a seemingly endless supply of weaponry with guns rotating up at his knees and the massive cannons rotating forward from his backpack.

Optimus Cybertron Super Robot Weapons

Using that aforementioned Cyber Key, smaller guns can be folded out from one cannon and, my favourite part of the toy,  

Insert "we heard you like guns so we put some guns on your gun" joke here.

Insert “we heard you like guns so we put some guns on your gun” joke here.

His original Hasbro instructions actually have his wings rotated around the wrong way, with the guns over the top of his shoulders instead. This is incorrect, as the cartoon and every subsequent release of the toy would prove out.

Optimus Cybertron Instructions

Another, slightly more disconcerting, tradition various Optimus Primes picked up at some point was wearing their friends as power-ups. Cybertron Optimus is no exception. The first would be Leobreaker, where the fearless leader wears his lion teammate in place of his own arm in “Savage Claw Mode”.

Optimus Cybertron Savage Claw

The next was Wing Saber, who pretty much makes a backup flying backpack for the Autobot commander in “Sonic Wing Mode”.

Having the same status as Optimus' trailer has got to be at least a little demoralizing for the guy.

Having the same status as Optimus’ trailer has got to be at least a little demoralizing for the guy.

You can give Optimus Rhisling, Vector Prime‘s sword, to recreate the final battle between Optimus and Galvatron at the tail end of Cybertron and Galaxy Force.

Complete with missing wing! We strive for accuracy around here.

Complete with missing wing! We strive for accuracy around here.

(Pretty sure 8 years is enough time for spoilers to expire, but just in case: SPOILERS!) For those that haven’t seen it, in a very satisfying end, the ghost of Vector Prime shows up, bequeaths his sword to Optimus, and then Optimus impales Galvatron on it, killing him dramatically.

Optimus Cybertron Final Blow

(But enough spoilers.) His smaller alt mode is a truck, with his trailer able to form a gun emplacement.

Optimus Cybertron Alt

Combined with his trailer, Optimus has a vaguely firetruck looking alt mode; albeit a heavily-armed one.

The really big guns on top are obviously for shooting fires until they are extinguished.

The really big guns on top are obviously for shooting fires until they are extinguished.

The thing that actually got me thinking about Cybertron Optimus, ultimately leading to this post, is my recent purchase of a three-pack of Bot Shots that came with a Jump Shot toy clearly designed after him.

Optimus Cybertron Bot Shots Alt

I’m not too big of a fan of the Jump Shots and I really don’t like the Spin Shots, but they continue to knock it out of the park with the headsculpts. I particularly like the expression on this guy, with one eye opened wider than the other.

Optimus Cybertron Bot Shots Robot

So, one more toy in my collection gets his very own Mini Me.

Optimus Cybertron Robots

'Til All Are Mine.

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5 thoughts on “Carrying on traditions, starting some new ones, and wearing your friends as clothing. Cybertron Optimus Prime!

  1. I always really liked this toy but never watched the show so my experiences were only with the figure. Interesting to know about the show (and the cyber key!). I also had a really hard time connecting Leobreaker to Prime’s torso, so I only did it the once. With Armada & Energon Prime actually looked better combined with his respective figures, but I don’t think that was the case in Cybertron/GF. He looked fine all by himself.

    • It doesn’t help that by himself Leobreaker is really not a good figure. Somehow that did not stop me from buying it three times; Leobreaker, Nemesis Breaker, and the Target exclusive Leo Prime.

  2. I have this weird thing against the Boss-bot having lips (only Beast Wars and Animated escaped this rule of mine), which is what turned me off of this figure the most, but having the flip up faceplate is definitely a plus for me. I like having options.

    And oh my God, having a Matrix-shelf chest is another billion pluses.

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