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Transformers Legacy: Optimus Prime by CyRaptor Transformers Legacy: Optimus Prime by CyRaptor
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OPTIMUS PRIME

Function:
Autobot Expeditionary Commander
Alternate Mode: Peterbilt 389 tractor trailer cab
[Instructions]

Strength: 7
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 5
Endurance: 8
Rank: 9
Courage:: 10
Firepower: 5
Skill: 10


Optimus was a young Autobot soldier serving under the command of Sentinel Prime during the height of the Great War between the Autobots and Decepticons on the planet Cybertron. His heroic efforts in combat earned him numerous military decorations, eventually earning the prestigious designation of Prime for himself. After the conclusion of the Great War, Optimus retired to pursue his original calling – space exploration – as captain of the expeditionary starship the Ark.

As captain, Optimus is the de facto commander of the Autobot crew stranded on Earth, his military career lending him the combat prowess and bravery to play the part. Despite being battle-hardened, Optimus is a genuinely compassionate leader, viewing his crew as equals rather than subordinates and never giving an order he would not carry out himself. He values his troops’ input and is only stern when the situation calls for it. Having never actually commanded a team before, however, Optimus is not entirely confident in his abilities as leader, occasionally seeking the advice of his old friend Ironhide when faced with a dilemma.

An environmentalist at heart, Optimus is protective of all life that he encounters during his travels, making him the ideal guardian of the human race against the Decepticons. When forced into combat, Optimus is armed with a double-barreled ion blaster, which is designed to force opponents into stasis lock rather than damage them outright. The gun can also split in two and reconfigure into a pair of energon hand-axes in melee combat.

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This is the first entry in Transformers Legacy, which is my new Transformers redesign series. This is something I've had in mind for a long time - I designed a few updated G1 characters about 10 years ago ( way before Robots in Disguise kicked off the reboot-happy state the franchise has been in since) - and which has been in its current form for about a year and a half. Legacy is a big melting pot of character designs and personalities from ALL of the different Transformers franchises throughout the years, with a few new surprises thrown in as well.

Optimus is definitely the most conservative of the Legacy designs, and for good reason. G1 Prime is undoubtedly the most iconic Transformer in history - the red and blue, the windshield chest, the truck mode - very little has changed throughout his different incarnations. As such, Legacy Optimus has a ridiculously convoluted transformation scheme in order to get him looking as much like G1 Prime as possible despite having a different alternate mode (I could've even put the rear wheels on the sides of his legs instead of the front, but I wanted him to remain semi-unique). His personality is based a lot more on Optimus Primal and Animated Optimus, though - I find flawless, heroic leaders like G1 Prime to be pretty boring as characters.

Just a note, I'm taking a lot of stock in realistic transformations in Legacy. That is, it would work if developed into a toy. A lot of fan designs I see just plaster car parts over a blocky armature, and that's not fun or interesting. I try to make unique transformation schemes when I can, but in some cases (cars) it will have been done somewhere along the line. If anyone's really interested I can draw up a scrap of how the transformations work and post it up here.

As far as the art itself goes, this was my first real piece using a tablet, and it probably shows; a lot of the lines are shaky and I didn't utilize the pressure sensitivity as much as I probably should have. I'm definitely better now than I was when I started, so it should be uphill from here. From start to finish this took me three weeks of on-and-off work (I wouldn't say more than 12 hours of actual time spent, though). I mean it's basically two separate, fairly detailed pictures that both need to be fully colored and shaded. I'm streamlining the process as I go, though.

Guess that's it for now. I'll make a journal entry that lays out the framework fiction for the series later, but I won't be doing individual stories for each character like I did with the Godzilla series (which is NOT necessarily over, by the way), just brief tech specs outlining each player's personality and weaponry. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the series.

Revision Edits (6/28/10): Cleaned up line and color work, the chrome shading in particular. His Ion Blaster has been slightly downsized to portray a more accurate scale relative to the robot. The "Prime" symbol has been added to his right shoulder to denote his rank - future Primes in Legacy will also bear this marking. Finally, he gets a new mugshot (though it's still pretty close to the original).

Revision Edits (1/19/12): Cleaned up the schematics and removed drop shadows (which'll be the case with all revisions so I won't bother mentioning it every time). Tweaked the colors a bit; most noticeably the blue is more of a cobalt shade than the older slightly violet-tinged blue. Also, the black has been desaturated and darkened, and the red shading is deeper. Lastly the size of both the vehicle and robot modes have been increased to better match the balance of the other entries. This results in the top of the gun barrels getting cut off a bit, but who cares.


Next up: Megatron. Big surprise there.
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:iconmccarthyism:
McCarthyism Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
Ten voice actors for Transformers Legacy: Optimus Prime

1)Peter Cullen-best known for Optimus Prime from Transformers Generation 1(1984-1987)
2)Roger Craig Smith-best known for Chris Readfeild from Resident Evil 5(2009)
3)Tim Daly-best known for Clark Kent/Superman from Superman The Animated Series(1996-2000)
4)Val Kilmer-best known for Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski from Top Gun(1986)
5)Kevin Bacon-best known for Balto from Balto(1995)
6)Dee Bradley Baker-best known for Captain Rex from Star Wars The Clone Wars(2008-2014)
7)Avery Brooks-best known for Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko from Star Trek Deep Space Nine(1993-1999)
8)David Harbour-best known for Chief Jim Hopper from Stranger Things(2016-Present)
9)Chris Hemsworth-best known for Thor Odinson from Thor(2011)
10)Daniel Radcliffe-best known for Harry Potter from Harry Potter Series(2001-2011)

What do you think of my voice choices for Prime and who is your pick? My choice is Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, what ever your choice is I will respect your decision.
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DarkAluminum Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I see that you based Optimus Prime's alt mode on the one from the Michael Bay movies. Very nice looking!
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ChroniclesXII Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
The wheels on the front of his shins look really cool on Prime, they really do.
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:iconbraindroppings1:
Braindroppings1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think if I were to create a Transformers series, I think I'd certainly also base my depiction of Optimus Prime off of Optimus Primal, possibly also Optimus from the War for Cybertron series.
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:iconsonicspeedster92:
sonicspeedster92 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I notice how all the Autobots except Bumblebee know how to keep a low profile in their Alt. modes.
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Varia31 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty neat design, it's like Animated, G1, G2, and a touch of BW rolled into one. Personality sounds good too! I think it's cool that you include instructions so that your designs can logically work as toys.
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:iconultrasun2000:
Ultrasun2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
So do you plan to make this a cartoon? If so, you could give us a few episode ideas. Also will it have atock footage transformations? I love those.
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Ryancrazyrhino Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist
Iove this design of optimus it's like G1 bayformers animated and beast wars had a baby. And I love how his gun is an EMP generator instead of a normal gun he's like the batman of transformers.
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:iconultrasun2000:
Ultrasun2000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
I'm making a Transformers new series similar to this called Ultrasun2000's Transformers. If you like, I can comment on each redesign with info on my remake of the character.
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Plokman626 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hello,
Would you be alright in my Optimus' botmode barrowing from yours? Nothing major as he's going to be mostly like his G1 and Prime designs but I've neen toying with the idea that his rear wheels become his shin armor much like you have here.

Honestly wish I could draw. Spriting/pixel art is awesome but I truly respect artists like yourself. Hence why I asked you for permission to borrow a element from your design. I don't want anyone saying I stole from you and to be honest with you the forward facing shin tires got into my mind after I saw your Optimus.

I love the style you drw these in too. Pseudo Animated with a mix of the Bay films and a tone of G1. I'd love to see a comic or cartoon done with your influence.

Sorry to bother you if your interested check out my profile to see my Optimus in Vehicle mode.

Take care,
Plokman
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Not a problem. Thanks for asking, and for the kind words. Looks good so far!
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:iconplokman626:
Plokman626 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Your welcome my friend. Thank you for the complement.
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:iconvulpes-sapien:
Vulpes-Sapien Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
This might have been said before, but that color scheme makes him look like another Pepsi Optimus Prime.
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SuperLaurigiBro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah lol
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Arendellecitizen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
so i take it the backstory is a mix of animated, beast wars and the orignal cartoon?
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:iconpaigejen:
paigejen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student Writer
So, if Optimus Prime isn't the leader of the Autobots (generally), then who is? Is it Alpha Trion? Also, does the matrix of leadership exists in your transformers universe?
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
The Autobots don't have a single leader, but are governed by a council of several individuals representing different areas of administration. Alpha Trion MIGHT be among them, but I'm more in favor of him potentially being one of the original thirteen and thus probably not still around (but see below). The current Supreme Commander of the Cybertron Elite Guard, the closest thing the Autobots have to a singular military leader, is Ultra Magnus. It's pretty much the same deal as in Animated.

In Legacy, the Matrix exists only in legend. I'm not really a fan of the idea of prophesies/the "chosen one" in fiction. I'd rather a leader attain their position through merit rather than being granted it by a magical device. It's lazy. Same goes for many of the other "mystical" concepts in TF lore: Primus, Unicron, the Allspark, the original thirteen and their artifacts, etc. They MIGHT have existed at some point in the past, but the truth has been obfuscated by myths and legends. This uncertainty actually plays a big role in the arc of Legacy Series 3.
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MaxPowers94 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
now you said at one poit that in your transformer sieres that a prime is basicly like knight hood right so in other word calling him Optimus prime is like calling him sir Optimus right.
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Something like that, yeah.
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:iconmaxpowers94:
MaxPowers94 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
okay thank for clearing that.

also what about ultra Magnus you said that he is prity much Sentinle prime rigth so is Ultra Magnus his rank or did he change his name to that when he was premoted to head of the elite gaurd.
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Both, kinda? It's a title, technically, but as long as he holds the position I see him being referred to formally as "Ultra Magnus" as if it were his name. I suppose some of his closer associates might still call him Sentinel in private though.

Still haven't decided if "Ultra Magnus" as a whole is the title, or if just "Magnus" is the title and "Ultra" is a personal appellation, with former bearer of the title taking names like "Delta Magnus", "Nova Magnus", etc.
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:iconmaxpowers94:
MaxPowers94 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
oh okay that cool i think the title would be a good idea.

so dose that mean like people like Optimus would still refer to him as Sentinel.
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
The two have a long history, so yeah, probably, in an informal private setting.
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:iconmaxpowers94:
MaxPowers94 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Informal Private Setting? sorry I never herd that befor what dose that mean?
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
When Optimus is just hangin out and chillin at Mags' pad, he'd probably call him Sentinel. When Optimus toasts Magnus at a state dinner in front of a crowd of strangers, he'd probably call him Ultra Magnus.
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LexingtonDeville Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
I like how Legacy Optimus's personality is an amalgamation of Beast Wars Optimus and Animated Optimus. Both Chalk and Kaye did alright with the voices, but if I could make a left field choice for Optimus's voice, I'd go for Ben McKenzie (James Gordon in Gotham)

Yeah, it started off poor at first, but Gotham has recently gotten better and Gordon's character is hinted at serving in the military before he became a detective. So you could say that he's sort of a rookie in the GCPD.

Just my thoughts.
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cartoonArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
you transformers version is very good but the nother not that geart .
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
what

...what
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:iconanimusmon:
animusmon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Now we just need a TV serie.
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4894938 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
so is Optimus like super wise god bot like in the films, G1 and Prime or an inexperienced bot like in Animated. You said he was young but I don't know if that's the same thing as inexperienced.    
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
He's sort of between those two extremes. Of all the Optimuses, I consider him to be closest to (Season 1) Optimus Primal in personality. He's not inexperienced - he saw enough combat during the war to earn the title of Prime, after all - but he's not nearly as war-hardened as bots like Ironhide or Ultra Magnus. It's also his first time commanding an entire squadron in battle, so he still has a lot to learn before becoming a wise old sage like his Prime incarnation.
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juggernot117 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Any chance of you adding a combiner
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Not anytime soon.
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:iconjuggernot117:
juggernot117 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
k
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:iconjuggernot117:
juggernot117 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Why did you give him optimus primals face with the mask off.
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Because I felt like it.
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:iconcentaur71:
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
I faved this page the moment I saw it!
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:iconiamnotamember1:
iamnotamember1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Who would you want to voice the characters in your series?
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
A bunch of unknowns
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JaggerSketch Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Just curious, will you do Headcanon for TFL(Transformers Legacy)? Just curious not request 
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
If you mean "headcanon", I don't understand the question, sorry.
If you mean the unfathomably obscure character named "Headcannon" I just had to look up to make sure it even existed - come on, man, what do you think?
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:iconiamnotamember1:
iamnotamember1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Yeah. It's can be pretty difficult to cast someone
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:iconcentaur71:
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Dudes, only ONE man was EVER Optimus Prime, and that man was Peter Cullen!
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:iconiamnotamember1:
iamnotamember1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I love Peter, but I don't think he could voice a younger Prime
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:icontruerealsegasonicfan:
Very nice image of Optimus here, but the only things I was disappointed at was that he doesn't have his energy swords and a super mode that he gains by combining with his trailer. But even so, very nice work here. And I think this looks like a very legit version of Optimus.  So props to you mister! =)
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
A trailer/super mode for Optimus is something I am still considering actually. As for the swords, Optimus wielding an axe has a bigger precedent (or did at the time), so that's what I went with.
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:icontruerealsegasonicfan:
Can you at least feature the Star Saber as his sword? That would be a nice touch in my opinion.
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:iconcyraptor:
CyRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
That's definitely a possibility.
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aardmn34 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
So, basically, this Optimus will be voiced by Gary Chalk, then? All right, I'm on board with that.
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GameTagger457 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The mouthplate now determines for me who is voicing Optimus. I hear Peter Cullen with the lateral faceplate and Garry Chalk with the perpendicular faceplate :lol:
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