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The name or term Atlas refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Atlas (disambiguation).
Dai Atlas is an Autobot Supreme Commander from the Japanese Generation One continuity family.
An atlas helps you find stuff, Dai Atlas shoots you in the face.

Dai Atlas (ダイアトラス Dai Atorasu) succeeded Star Saber as Supreme Commander of the Autobot forces. A skilled swordsman, his prowess with a blade is considered almost equal to that of his predecessor. Dai Atlas has sworn to defeat the forces of the new Decepticon Emperor of Destruction, Violen Jiger, and protect the Zodiac at all costs.

Dai Atlas is a Powered Master who can combine with his partners. When combined with Sonic Bomber, they become Sky Powered. When combined with Road Fire, they become Land Powered. And finally, when combined with Sonic Bomber and Road Fire, the three form the massive Big Powered.

His son Speeder, accompanies him in battle as his Micromaster partner.

Note: "Dai" is a Japanese word meaning "great" or "big", and can refer to both physical size, rank or prestige. Similarly, Atlas was a giant in Greek mythology so big that he literally held the sky on his shoulders.

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Zone

Nothin' I love more than a lens flare.
Voice actor: Yūsaku Yara (Japanese)

Dai Atlas, along with his fellow Powered Masters, created the technological planet Zone which eventually developed the super energy source, Energon Z. After the Nine Great Demon Generals attacked and destroyed the planet Feminia, and the Supreme Commander Victory Saber was lost in the explosion, Dai Atlas and Sonic Bomber left to search for their leader.

The pair eventually found the injured Autobot and returned him to Zone for repairs. On Zone they received word that they were needed elsewhere, so they left for Earth, to counter an attack from the Demon Generals.

Isn't flying too close to the sun more Dai Icarus' thing?

Dai Atlas and Sonic Bomber arrived just in the nick of time (because... y'know, heroes always do), saving the Autobot Micromasters from the all-powerful Decepticons. Dai Atlas then raced Devastator to the underground location of the Zodiac, an energy source capable of creating an entire universe.

Devastator beat Dai Atlas to the punch and thanks to the intervention of King Poseidon, who caught the Autobot leader with a chain weapon. Devastator handed the Zodiac to Poseidon and took the chain from him, intending to kill Atlas. But Dai Atlas drove forwards using the treads in his feet and then transformed into his drill form and smashed through into a wall, killing Devastator in a flood of hot lava.

This drill tank mode can effortlessly drive through solid rock. Wait... what?

Free now, he chased King Poseidon to the surface, where he wrestled the Zodiac away from him. However, Trypticon got pissed off and unleashed his Energon Z Beam, which Sonic Bomber threw himself in front of to protect Dai Atlas, nearly getting himself killed by the attack. Taking a risk, Dai Atlas unleashed the power of the Zodiac, and both he and Sonic Bomber (now healed from Trypticon's attack) transformed into their base modes and blasted Trypticon and King Poseidon into oblivion.

Predaking saw this and decided it was time to get the hell out of there. Dai Atlas pursued, riding on Sonic Bomber. He merged his wings into his Z sword and sliced Predaking neatly in half.

Told you so.

After returning to Zone with the Zodiac, Victory Saber inaugurated Dai Atlas as the new Autobot Supreme Commander.

Zone story pages

Dai Atlas and Sonic Bomber were eventually joined by a third Powered Master, Road Fire. When the Zodiac was finally taken by Violen Jiger, the trio fought to take it back. Combining into Big Powered, they destroyed Violen Jiger, and used the Zodiac energy to create a lush paradise on the emperor's former base, the Tenth Planet of the solar system.

The Battlestars

To counter the threat of Dark Nova, Dai Atlas charged the Battlestars with the task of resurrecting Optimus Prime. Giving the Zodiac to their leader, Sky Garry, Dai Atlas inaugurated the youthful Autobot as temporary Supreme Commander, at least until Optimus Prime was brought back online.

Toys

Zone

  • Dai Atlas (1990)
    • Japanese ID Number: C-348
    • Accessories: Gun, drill, runners/skids, gun platform, dual cannon, 2 wings (left & right), tail fin, 2 large ramps (left and right) 2 ramps, 2 radar dishes, pipe
Three of these things belong together...
Dai Atlas is a quad-changer with four distinct (well, that might be stretching it a bit) modes. Robot mode, drill-tank, 'jet' and base mode. He contains a battery-powered motor as a gimmick which could rotate the treads on his legs, allowing him to move under his own power in vehicle and robot mode and spins his drill. In base mode his tank treads become moving walkways, and his gun platform can spin.
He includes a cockpit for Micromasters, which can also become a gunnery station. The gun platform and the two large ramps can be combined to form a shield, while his wings can be combined together to form his Z-sword. In base mode, Dai Atlas can connect to other Micromaster bases, as well as his buddies Sonic Bomber and Road Fire, using Micromaster connector ramps.
In robot mode Dai Atlas' articulation is so limited as to be laughable. Don't even think about trying to get him to do any wicked-cool poses. Be content with standing him and pointing his gun forwards.
Dai Atlas also came with the Micromaster partner Speeder.
Dai Atlas was only released in Japan.
  • Big Powered (Multi-figure giftset, 1990)
    • Japanese ID Number: C-353
Dai Atlas was also released in a giftset with Sonic Bomber and Road Fire.

Merchandise

Super Figure Collection Act 8

  • Dai Atlas
Dai Atlas? That sounds like the name of a Welsh geography teacher.
A soft-plastic PVC of Dai Atlas was made in "Act 8" of Takara's Super Collection Figure line. It was available in both full-color and pewter-finish versions, one of each per case of twelve.


Sunrise Mega Action Series

  • Dai Atlas (2007)
I'm a Toei character but line up with Sunrise characters.
A Wonder Festival 2007 Summer exclusive, this is a highly posable figure from the Sunrise Mega Action Series of mecha action figures. With articulation and scaling on par with a Revoltech figure, this set included several alternate hands as well as the character's signature gun and shield accessories.


Trivia

Baby got back.
  • Grandus' instructions show that Dai Atlas can use his motor gimmick in vehicle mode to tow Grandus.
  • Oddly enough, in the industry pitch reel included as a special feature (under 'ads') on the Madman Victory DVD set, all of Dai Atlas' action features are demonstrated using the Micromaster Freewheeler, and not Speeder. Sonic Bomber, on the other hand, is demonstrated using Sonic.
  • During the openning sequence for the Zone OAV there is a strange mini-montage of shots of Dai Atlas (all of the cartoon screencaps of his robot mode on this page are from that montage) including a random shot of him from behind.
Dai Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Randroid.
  • Universe's King Atlas was created as an homage to Dai Atlas. The character's lack of any form of bio meant that for years, there existed the possibility he was Dai Atlas (thanks to Universe's multi-dimensional story). Eventually though, King Atlas was established as his own separate character from the Unicron Trilogy continuity family in "Force of Habit".
  • The Dai Atlas toy was used as the "Goryu" mech for Brave Express Might Gaine villain Joe Raibaru. The character model was altered in various ways, including a black and red deco, straightened wings in robot mode and a creepier face, but the toy itself had no remolding. Strangely absent from the Goryu toy is Dai Atlas's shield handle. Dai Atlas' design was also used for the "Atlas Mk.II" unmanned drones from the same series, which were never made as toys.
  • In Dreamwave's Transformers Generation One (ongoing) #10, Dai Atlas was seen as a statue representing an ancient Cybertronian, together with Deathsaurus. The Route of All Evil

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This article uses material from the "Dai Atlas (G1)" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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