We all know Optimus Prime, that much should be obvious. In his first incarnation his totality in robot mode was the bad of a semi. His trailer was only used as storage for roller and a gun and sometimes other Autobots. Over the years however, his different incarnations have included some designs where his cab robot mode has been able to combine with his trailer, producing a "super" mode, if you will. In addition, he has also been able to combine further with certain partner bots in order to create the most powerful forces in his respective series'. Join me as I show you the five variations that this theme has produced over the years, at least in toy form, using the versions that I own. First off, here are all the Optimus variations in this discussion in their vehicle modes. From left to right we have Powermaster Optimus Prime from Generation 1, called Ginrai in Japan's Super-God Masterforce series; Optimus Prime from Robots in Disguise, called Fire Convoy in Japan's Car Robots series; Optimus Prime (Powerlinx) from Transformers Armada, called Convoy Super Base (?) in Japan's Micron Legend series; Optimus Prime from Transformers Energon, called Grand Convoy in Japan's Superlink series; and Optimus Prime from Transformers Cybertron, called Galaxy Convoy in Japan's Galaxy Force series. Powermaster Optimus retains a similarity to his original G1 toy, although with more large guns and an obviously different trailer to provide for the upgraded transformation. RID Optimus differs in that he is a fire truck instead of a semi, similar to his G2 Hero toy, where he was a small fire truck like truck thing. Armada Optimus goes back to being a semi, except that he also has a little Minicon friend, and that his trailer is pants. Energon Optimus is some sort of space truck with a large oblong trailer where he stores his mindless robot drones which act as his arms and legs in super mode. Cybertron Optimus is also sort of a fire truck like object, I think. His vehicle can fly too. Here is shown each Optimus in their basic robot mode, Armada and RID Primes are reversed because I am stupid. Powermaster Optimus still looks a bit similar to the original G1, except the transformation differs significantly, in that his chest is actually the back of the cab instead of the front. He doesn't have much articulation either. His Powermaster is Hi-Q, who is actually Ginrai in Japan, where the entire Super Ginrai robot is not self-aware. Armada Optimus is beefy, he has been lifting weights. His minicon is called Sparkplug. RID Optimus suffers from Popeye syndrome and has a shiny chest. Energon Optimus ate too many Energon shakes. Cybertron Optimus is on steroids. Now we have each Optimus combined with their trailers in their respective super modes. First off is Powermaster Optimus. He has an arsenal on his large upper body, but his stubby legs make his head look overlarge. This time the actual front of the cab is displayed on his chest. RID Optimus is looking pretty buff, but not stupidly so, his ladder can also function as a rocket launcher, which is good for blowing things up. Armada Optimus can't walk because his legs are held in place. He is also very tall. Energon Optimus is colorful. Fortunately his arms and leg robots are drones because they don't have robot modes. It would be creepy if they did. He also wears a hat. Cybertron Optimus can fly and can also blow you the god up. Now let's meet each Optimus' respective combination companions. Starting at the top left, first up is Apex Bomber which was only available in America with the reissue Powermaster Prime set, called Godbomber in Japan; Ultra Magnus from RID, called God Magnus in Japan; Overload and Jetfire (Powerlinx) from Armada, called Overload and Jet Convoy in Japan; Wing Saber from Energon, still called Wing Saber in Japan; and Wing Saber again from Cybertron, called Sonic Bomber in Japan. Apex bomber is basically just another trailer for the back of Optimus' trailer. He is supposed to have a cannon but I don't have it. Ultra Magnus, of course, is a car carrier, similar to his G1 counterpart, although his role in RID is different. He has much the same color scheme as G1, and he has a rather large gun on the top, which has two different turrets and two missiles ports. Overload is some kind of carrying thing I guess. His truck in the front is another separate toy, actually pretty much a headmaster, called Rollout, Magnus in Japan. Jetfire is a space shuttle. Energon Wing Saber is the Green Goblin's glider, and Cybertron Wing Saber is an A-10 Warthog fighter jet with missiles and chain guns. Apex bomber's robot mode is gray and a brick. Ultra Magnus has a respectable robot mode. He doesn't have any articulation in his legs, but his large gun can transform itself into various combinations and can be held several different ways. Overload is red and ill-proportioned. Jetfire has a detachable gun and shield, and also comes with a minicon named Comettor. Energon Wing Saber is very patriotic but can't really move his arms or legs too much. Cybertron Wing Saber can, however, and has the missile launchers to prove it. Or something. He also has a gigantic rocket launcher on his back. And finally, we come to the fully combined super robot ultra mega modes. Powermaster Optimus fully combined, called God Ginrai in Japan. Apex Bomber separates into different parts and attaches onto the super Powermaster Optimus figure. his arms become extensions of Optimus' arms, his legs becomes Optimus' new feet, his back becomes Optimus' new chest, and his chest goes on Optimus' back. Plus Optimus has wings now. In this new mode, Optimus' chest is very shiny, and his head looks much more proportionate to the rest of his body. There isn't much articulation to be found here, just hips bending out and arms moving up and down and swinging out a tad. This can however be forgiving due to the time of this figure's production. Overall it's a very fun figure to mess around with, transforming it back and forth between different robot and vehicle modes, plus the fact it has a base mode. I also like that every part of both figures can be incorporated into the combined mode, which is unfortunately lacking in later models. About what I just said, originally all the components of RID Optimus' super mode aren't incorporated into his combined mode, Omega Prime, but I like to mess around and add them on my own. Now, this figure would have pretty good articulation if not for the overall weight of it. Unfortunately you can't really put the legs in different configurations because then he just falls over, mainly because his hip joints are kind of loose for his size. His arms have better articulation and can be configured in multiple ways, although the parts on his upper arms restrict their movement somewhat. Overall it's a wonderful looking figure, superbly designed with a complex transformation for all components. Here is the combined form of Armada Optimus, Overload and Jetfire. Jetfire replaces Optimus' trailer as his pants, which renders his trailer as extraneous. It can be used for a base though, but I usually just put it somewhere else. This incarnation probably has the most firepower out of all the supermus', especially since I added the Star Saber, Requiem Blaster and Skyboom Shield to his arsenal. However, with everything on his shoulders and his legs not being able to move, this Optimus can't actually do anything except stand there and shoot and hope he hits something. He doesn't really have any articulation so it's kind of pointless to talk about it. Overall I kind of like this one just for the overwhelming power it represents, and for the fact that two other toys combine into it. Otherwise it's not exactly the best one out of these. As can be seen, there are two ways to combine Wing Saber with Energon Optimus. The first way is called the flight mode, which give Optimus wings and toe guns. The other configuration, called fight mode, gives him shoulder guns and arm blasters and sneakers. There is also one more combination for Energon Optimus, with Omega Supreme, but all that really does is replace Omega's head with Optimus' and sticks the drones on various parts of Omega. I like the look of the flight mode better, as I think wings usually make things look cooler. Plus the colors flow better for me, the top half of fight mode is virtually all blue, while the red can barely be seen. Neither mode can bend at the knee and both have a slight problem with balance, as for some reason his hips keep wanting to shift around while standing. His arms in either mode don't really want to bend that much either. Overall this is neat because it gives you two different ways to combine them, and both modes look pretty nice. He is probably the shortest of these Optimus' in either mode. Another problem is that now the drones and trailer are left out and you pretty much just have to store them somewhere else because they can't really combine on their own. For Cybertron Optimus, Wing Saber provides Optimus additional speed as a flight backpack, while at the same time giving him more firepower and swords, which are always welcome. Wing Saber's chest also slips on over Optimus', which I think looks very nice on this mold. His trailer however is useless now, as there is no official way to still have the trailer backpack part on with Wing Saber. Although you can put his backpack on and then sort of put Wing Saber on top of it and put his chest piece on, but then Wing Saber flops around a bit. This version offers the best articulation, as both his arms and legs can bend at different angles, although balance would be in issue in posing him. Overall this is a great mode that doesn't really offer that much of a different mold look than normal, just sort of a replacement for the trailer piece. In addition, the Cybertron toy Leobreaker (and Nemesis Breaker) can be combined with Optimus as well as his arms, but i don't have either of those. Thank you for reading. Unless you didn't. Then you're a jerk. Maybe you at least looked at the pictures though. I guess that's good enough.