Rodimus Prime (Shattered Glass)
Rodimus Prime (initially called simply Rodimus) is a fictional character from the Shattered Glass Transformers series. Introduced as a character at Botcon 2008, he is an evil version of the heroic Autobot Rodimus from a parallel dimension. A third-party Transformer add-on called Shadow Sythe was made for Rodimus by FansProject and a near-replica toy to the Hasbro Rodimus toy was made by CHMS.
Rodimus is a BotCon 2008 exclusive redeco of Classic Rodimus in black that is based on Black Rodimus. An evil alternate version of the Generation 1 character, according to the comic writers his personality is based on Vinnie Barbarino from the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, using variants of Vinnie's famous put-downs. His new appearance has inspiration from the facial hair of parallel universe Mister Spock from the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror".
Although Rodimus plays the part of the brash youth, he is actually very intelligent, and has no loyalty to Optimus Prime; only his own personal gain. According to his biography, Rodimus used to be leader of the Wreckers, a mercenary group hired by Optimus Prime; but after the deaths of the other members, he joined the Autobot Seekers under the command of Goldbug.
Rodimus appeared as a member of Optimus Prime's forces in the Transformers Timelines story "Shattered Glass." When the Decepticons attacked the Ark launch site, Blurr, Goldbug and Rodimus competed for who could destroy the most Decepticons, but thanks to Cliffjumper, the Decepticons were successful.
Rodimus appeared in the text-based fiction Dungeons & Dinobots as one of the Autobots who attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. Sent to capture rogue Dinobots for the Autobots, he was part of the group that captured Swoop. Together with Blurr, he then tracked Grimlock, but ran into competition with the Decepticon allies Sideswipe and Cliffjumper. After Grimlock bit off his left hand Ratchet replaced it with a circular saw (a reference to one of the original Rodimus' melee weapons in The Transformers: The Movie).
In the story Do Over, Rodimus and several Autobots loyal to him stole the Ark and flew it to Earth. Fighting the Decepticon ship Nemesis on the way, the Ark was shot down by the human military and crash landed in the ocean.
In Eye in the Sky Rodimus gained the help of the criminal Witwicky family, believing they would help him learn more about Earth. After fighting Goldbug for leadership of the Autobots, he renamed himself Rodimus Prime. His first attack on the humans was to take control of the base controlling a human military satellite and use it to blackmail the humans into making him the leader of the world. The Decepticons were able to break into the base, where Heatwave used his ability to control machines to have the satellite fire on its own controls and then destroy itself.
Rodimus Prime appeared in Another Light. After being saved by Primus, Rodimus returned to challenge Nova Prime. When Cybertron started to transform into Primus, Rodimus ordered the Autobots to abandon the planet. As Gaia defeated Primus, he called for Rodimus to attack Gaia, but Rodimus refused, telling Primus it was his own fight.
- Transformers Timelines Voyager Megatron & Deluxe Rodimus (Convention Souvenir 3-Pack) (2008)
- Shattered Glass Rodimus was a black/purple redeco of Classics Rodimus available only at BotCon 2008. He came packaged together with Shattered Glass Megatron and Divebomb. Like his depiction in the comic book, Rodimus has a goatee.
- CHMS Deluxe Shattered Glass Rodimus (2011)
- A unlicensed reproduction of the Hasbro Shattered Glass Rodimus was made by Chinese toy make CHMS. This toy was nearly identical to the original, but sold in new design box. Features a unique mustache design to distinguise it from the Hasbro toy. This item ships with a small tech spec card for "C.H.M.S RODIMUS" and two missiles, one red like the Hasbro product, and one black.
- Hasbro Transformers Generations Shattered Glass Rodimus vs. Sideswipe and Whisper (2023)
- Pete Sinclair & Benson Yee (w), Don Figueroa (p), Don Figueroa (i), Espen Grundetjern (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Shattered Glass" Transformers Timelines v2, 3 (Botcon 2008), Fun Publications
- Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (May 1, 2009). Eye in the Sky. Fun Publications.
- Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Eryck Webb (p), Eryck Webb (i), Evan Gauntt (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Another Light Part 6 - The Future Buried" The Transformers Collectors Club 66 (December/January 2016), Fun Publications