So several groups have thrown their hats into the ring regarding making 3rd party cassette minions. Perfect Effect and BTS come to mind. (I feel like I'm forgetting someone.) What boggles my mind is that there hasn't been a badass execution of any of these figures. Nothing that makes me go "BOOM, nailed it!". At least not in my opinion. The newest figure from BTS, Nightfang, looks like it'll come the closest to being a solid representation of a G1 character updated while retaining his original alt mode. Perfect Effect have made fantastic representations of Rewind, Eject, Rumble, Frenzy and Rosanna. All five of those sit happy on my shelves, but they lack the tape mode. PE's attempts at Laserbeak, Ratbat, and Buzzsaw aren't very good representations of either mode. Both of the Transformer tape players have been given updated figures (Blaster from Device Label and Sonicron from BTS) that can hold G1 sized cassettes in their chests, but no one has taken advantage of that fun feature for Device Label Blaster? Where's Ramhorn and Steeljaw? No update for those two yet, and if perfect effect is working on them, you can almost guarantee they'll turn into some goofy weapon or a funky shaped square that doesn't serve a purpose. Why is it so difficult to make a cassette bot? Is it trying to fit all those pieces into a tiny rectangle? Or should the characters have updated alt modes that aren't outdated? Like I said, Nightfang is looking to be a great 3rd Party cassette figure that represents both his original alt mode and robot/bat mode. But you know what I'm surprised the most at? Hasbro's Ravage figure that came with Hound is probably the best updated version of a cassette bot.