On the episode of The Goldbergs (show takes place in 80s) last night it revolved around the Transformers TV show. They mentioned that the cartoon had a theatrical release. And in it Optimus Prime dies. And at the end of the movie he doesn't come back. Any one know what happened? It seems awful that the writers would do that in a kids movie. I'm assuming they used this to introduce some new charters and then bring Optimus Prime back in the TV show following the movie? I don't have the best memory of Transformers since I was into Heman and then G.I. Joe. I was only into Transformers the first couple of years it was out.