Optimus Primal was a difficult one to nail down. I really, really didn't want to base (what I imagined to be) his transformation sequence too closely on his TV show counterpart. Literally, the guy just jumped in place and he's transformed. I mean, who's lame idea was it to make him a primate?
Of course, considering that their first choice was a bat
, I don't think I should really complain. I was going to explore the idea of making him into a lion
or a mammoth
, but that would either give the crew three felines or a needlessly large robot mode with only a trunk to work with in beast mode.
So I explored different possibilities (a four-armed Primal was one of the last ideas I remember coming up with, though none of them were actually realized on paper), but in the end, I gave in and gave him a transformation sequence that's pretty identical to the TV show version. I'm dissapointed because one of the rules I've set for myself is that none of their beast-mode limbs can become the limbs of their robot mode. I broke that rule when I turned all four of Rhinox's rhino legs into his robot mode legs (effectively turning him into a squat, robotic centaur), but Primal just rubs salt into the wound.
His head splits apart at key points and forms the center of his chest as his Gorilla chest widens and his torso broadens. His arms extend a bit but remain relatively unchanged. He stands up and his legs extend out (I left the "shell" pieces that fit together pretty tightly locked in, they separate and extend as the legs extend). He stands up on two legs and those two pieces that are folded against the back of his heels twist around to the sides of the feet to make them wider.
Additional Weaponry/cool shit:
His "Prime Jets," the jet pack he had in the show, are hidden in the upper torso, under the shoulder blades. He can also fire missiles from his wrist cuffs.
On Cybertron, Before Primal was the leader of the ragtag squadron of Maximals, he was a starship captain dubbed "Optimus Minor." His crew members later encouraged him to change it under the circumstances that he went from a Cybertronian vehicle
to friggin' King Kong. While "Optimus Minor" is still his actual name ("Minor" is considered a Cybertronian military rank), he does prefer to be called Optimus Primal, or more often than not, just Optimus. By nature, Optimus is a logical and reasonable leader who would rather not jump into a confrontation if he can find a way to avoid it, and who would never give an order to his fellow crew members that he wouldn't be willing to do himself. However, being at war changes the rules; many times, confrontations become unavoidable and the duties you must ask of your men become more severe. Primal is often in conflict with himself, but never fails to give the Maximals the best he can offer as a leader.
(Note: This is an altered storyline for the faux-cinematic realization of this character and is not to be taken literally as this character's official backstory. They are intended to be used as the *fake* movie versions of these characters, to better define them for myself any anyone else willing to contribute to this project, hint hint.)