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.
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..
He even gets a unique Cyber Key, the gimmick for the line, shaped like the Matrix as well.
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.
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.
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.
Using that aforementioned Cyber Key, smaller guns can be folded out from one cannon and, my favourite part of the toy,
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.
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”.
The next was Wing Saber, who pretty much makes a backup flying backpack for the Autobot commander in “Sonic Wing Mode”.
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.
(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.
(But enough spoilers.) His smaller alt mode is a truck, with his trailer able to form a gun emplacement.
Combined with his trailer, Optimus has a vaguely firetruck looking alt mode; albeit a heavily-armed one.
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.
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.
So, one more toy in my collection gets his very own Mini Me.