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King of the Good Guys
Optimus Prime is a moderately difficult Metal Earth model with 54 pieces on two sheets of metal. Optimus Prime has a strong sense of justice that makes him a protector of humans against the Decepticons.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14. Our Transformers models don't actually transform.
Are you curious...?
Optimus Prime is the de facto leader of the Autobots, a faction of transforming robots from the planet Cybertron. His strong moral character, excellent leadership, and smart decision-making and tactical skills, combined with martial arts and advanced weaponry, make him a formidable ally of the human race (and other sentient beings) against the rival Decepticons.
The Transformers have been around since 1984 and are still going strong in books, animation, games, and movies as an entire generation has grown up with them. Optimus Prime has accumulated a lot of background over all those years and incarnations, but his origin story is fairly consistent: Optimus is the last member of the ancient Dynasty of Primes, the original 13 Transformers. His strong belief that "All are One" rallied the Primes against the Chaos Bringer Unicron. When the era of the Primes finally gave way to a new race of lesser Transformers, Optimus chose to be reborn as one of them. He lost all memory of his previous life and took the name Orion Pax. Ultimately he received the Matrix of Leadership and adopted his original name when confronting his former friend Megatron and his army of Decepticon followers, who brought the Great War to their planet of Cybertron.
Some details vary depending on which Transformers "universe" you're following, but all you really need to know if you aren't of the generation that grew up with Transformers is that Optimus is the king of the good guy Transformers and friend of humanity.