I know it’s been a while since I posted. And for that I apologize. I hope that those of you who have stuck around are doing well during these turbulent times.
Alright, with that out of the way, let’s get into some speculations….
A while back I made an entry connecting THE TRANSFORMERS and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM into a singular continuity of events.
However, what I failed to include is how Optimus Prime could exist again on Earth in the future of the Universal Century timeline presented in MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM.
The key to this possibility goes back to an old issue of Marvel Comics’s THE TRANSFORMERS (THE TRANSFORMERS #24) where the consciousness of the leader of the Autobots was stored on a floppy disk after his apparent death after refusing to accept victory against Megatron in a virtual reality video game battle.
As stated earlier, Optimus Prime’s consciousness was saved and stored on a floppy disk later to be used to “resurrect” Optimus into the real world by the scientist, Hi-Q.
Here’s the thing, it’s very likely despite all appearances that duplicate copies of the Optimus Prime floppy disk were made.
Same consciousness, several backup copies intended as part of an elaborate contingency plan to make sure that Earth would have Optimus Prime to defend it when all other options were exhausted.
As time went on the war between the Autobots and Decepticons left Earth entirely, and their battles were relegated to the stuff of legends. The humans began to move beyond Earth establishing their own colonies. And the rest is Universal Century history.
However, there is a chunk of history missing between MOBILE SUIT VICTORY GUNDAM and GAIA GEAR. And it is during this missing period of time that I think Optimus Prime (or at least one of his copies) appears in the Universal Century.
Using parts from the Victory Gundam Hexa, the GP03 “Dendrobium Stamen” Gundam, and the backpack and beam rifle of the RX-78-2 Gundam I was able to visualize and construct what this version of Optimus Prime, now as a Mobile Suit, would have looked like years after the events of MOBILE SUIT VICTORY GUNDAM.
It was this version of Optimus Prime that I used as my primary Gunpla (Gundam plastic model) in the Mobile App game, GUNDAM BATTLE: GUNPLA WARFARE (a.k.a. GUNDAM BREAKER MOBILE).
And much like his Powermaster mode, this Optimus Prime needed a copilot similar to Ginrai (who I have theorized as being one of Optimus Prime’s duplicates despite Ginrai’s contrived origin).
Who that copilot would have been is a matter of speculation.
It’s possible that this copilot was a descendant of Shiro Amada or Yuu Kajima, or perhaps both.
What is possible is that this incarnation of Optimus Prime would have a profound effect on the lost period in the Universal Century.
How profound is yet to be uncovered….