Hey hey flesh snacks, tis I – Dinorobosaur – and tonight I am going to show you the greatest robot of all time.
Thats right, Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. As a child from the Eighties Optimus was a role model for all that was good and noble, showing us to protect the innocent from the evil strong. The first generation Optimus Prime transforms into a Kenworth K100 cab over truck, and this is the image of Mr Prime that I will always carry in my heart. This version came with a cab that would appear out of nowhere and also transformed into a combat deck, complete with a scouting buggy, battle station and a selection of cannons and lasers (because this was the eighties, cannons and lasers took up roughly 80% of all the airtime children watched).
My childhood effectively ended when the Transformers animated movie came out, as Optimus fell to Megatron in one of the greatest fight scenes of my generation.
But the Kenworth Prime was only the beginning of the road ahead for Optimus Prime.
*This isn’t even my Final Form!!*
Throughout the many t.v series, comics and movie adaptions he has rolled out in many different designs. He started his life as a wee dock worker named Orion Pax before being rebuilt into his more recognisable form. From the First Generation, to Beastwars and Transformers Animated, through to the Japan series and fan made follies and successes, Optimus has had some awesome and bewildering forms. There is even an alternate reality (Transformers: Timelines) where the Autobots are evil, and Optimus is not only a badass, but an Evil Badass. Here is a pleasant visual montage to titillate your eyeballs.
*Classic Prime is Classic*
*I think the entire beastwars was only created so
that they could use the name Optimus Primal*
*What is this, I don’t even…*
*Best Crossover EVER*
*Cuteness reactor … overloading…*
*Not too shabby*
*Why would anyone pick a different piece?*
*Evil Prime looks like a BADASS!*
*Whoever built this is my hero*
Optimus has made a giant robotic footprint on our planet in the following ways:
During the promotion of the Transformers films, Optimus Prime appeared in several commercials. Optimus Prime, along with other Transformers, were featured in several commercials for General Motors. A commercial for the Discovery Channel featured Optimus Prime singing part of a promotional song.
Optimus also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, giving “The Top Ten Things That Sound Cool When Spoken by a Giant Robot”.
Optimus Prime is one of the Autobots featured in Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios theme parks. In the ride, Optimus fends off against the invading Decepticons at N.E.S.T. headquarters while telling Evac to escape with the AllSpark shard. He battles Megatron throughout the ride until Megatron is killed by Evac. Optimus then congratulates Evac and the riders for protecting the AllSpark.
A forty foot (12.2 m) statue of Optimus Prime exists in Kunming city in Yunnan Province, China. It is located near several automobile dealerships.
In the South Park trilogy “Imaginationland”, Optimus Prime is one of the warriors who fight on the side of the good imaginary characters.
A figure in the form of Optimus Prime appears in a pattern of windows and other markings on the background of the game Assassin’s Creed.
Optimus Prime was parodied in several episodes of Robot Chicken. He was voiced by character actor Abraham Benrubi.
In 2003, a United States National Guardsman legally changed his name to “Optimus Prime” on his 30th birthday.
Sheldon Comics includes several comics either containing Optimus Prime toys or referencing the Optimus Prime.
In conjunction with the release of the 2007 live-action film, Hasbro released a Mr. Potato Head version of Optimus Prime named Optimash Prime and a transforming plush toy called Softimus Prime.
Optimus Prime is mentioned in the Lemon Demon song “The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny”.
In the 2006 comedy movie Clerks II, Elias states that his screen name is Optimus Prime.
A Canadian military operation in Afghanistan was code-named “Op Timis Preem”.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the news media that, “Optimus Prime could solve the current problems in our world.”
At a gathering of Jewish people near the end of the Family Guy episode “When You Wish Upon a Weinstein”, Peter Griffin finds out that Optimus Prime is Jewish when the robot arrives at the gathering in vehicle form and transforms, complete with a yarmulke and Tallit.
Legacy Brewing Company from Reading, Pennsylvania, now out of business, made an Imperial India Pale Ale called “Hoptimus Prime”. The beverage also appeared in the 2008 Xbox 360 game Fable II.
Optimus Prime is referred to in a verse from the song “Get at Me Dog” by DMX
Optimus Prime was featured in Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy in a short cartoon in which Prime was having sex with a human female in robot mode. When he reached climax, he transformed into vehicle mode and crushing his partner.
In 2011, James Reimer, the rookie goaltender of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, has been dubbed “Optimus Reim” for his positive demeanour and machine-like ability to stop pucks.
Optimus Prime makes a few appearances in Cartoon Network’s Mad (in both his Generation 1 and Movie forms).
That is quite a big footprint, and I’m sure my list only comprises of a small section of one of the toes, so as an extra after Prime mint here is something delicious:
So goodnight wee mammals, and remember to dream of Optimus tonight.