I’m not saying Optimus Prime was once a hipster-bot or anything, but he was a
librarian “archivist” filing data recordings in ancient Cybertronian.
Ok, fine, I put the glasses on him, but I didn’t make this part up,
This came from Spotlight: Orion Pax which attempted to explain how Orion in the IDW universe somehow went from being a hulking, large bot in Chaos Theory to the smaller, thinner, mouth and nose sporting ‘bot in Spotlight: Blurr and then back to the large bruiser look for Stormbringer.
Just like that, this body became pretty much a throw away. I would be more annoyed, but it allowed us to get the first ever new-mold toy of the sometimes librarian.
That’s no archivist. That’s IDW’s “all-new, all-improved, almost invincible” upgraded form of the graduate of the Institute for Higher Programming, erstwhile attendee of the Academy of Science and Technology, hero, and Captain of the Rodion police force, Orion Pax.
I understand completely; Hasbro’s need “To Sell Toys” overrides my need to make this guy into a glorified librarian, which is why he comes with an awesome-looking axe and gun rather than a Cybertronian Dewey Decimal card catalog accessory and transforms into a sorta-earthen-like truck rather than a library cart.
However, given his stature, it is easy enough to imagine this pre-Prime version of Optimus to be that archivist.
While it is the first new mold Orion Pax we’ve received, this isn’t the first Orion Pax toy that’s been released. The first was a straight repaint of G1 Targetmaster Kup released as an E-Hobby exclusive in 2005. He came packaged with his fellow dock worker and pal, Dion, repainted from Wheelie, and a repaint of Recoil as Barrelroller (or more specifically: pre-Prime Roller).
Being based on G1 Orion Pax he also isn’t an archivist, but a “laborer robot” who “conducted delivery work at the energon storehouses”. The mold actually works surprisingly well, something I sadly didn’t realize at the time of his release.
So, will we ever get a toy of Orion Pax, archivist extraordinaire? Actually, we just did. It’s Kre-O to the rescue!
As evidenced by the detailing on his head, he is clearly designed after his G1 cartoon model.
His Kre-O bio — printed in the “Kre-O Transformers Character Encyclopedia” that he comes with — makes it completely certain,
“Orion Pax never imagined the adventures he’d see when he was back filing books on Cybertron. The future Prime once had a quiet and simple life. Now he spends his time space-bridging to battles separated by light-years.”
Our librarian even comes with a clear plate with Autobot text printed on it.
The letters on the piece spell out “kreo”.
Perhaps this “book” Kreon Orion Pax carries contains a copy of the Kre-O Character Encyclopedia? That would be delightfully meta.