i watched bits and pieces of G1 but never followed it as such, i ignored every screen version until animated. I liked the toys so much that i had to see what the show was all about. Ive since seen bits and pieces of BW,RID, AEC and simply do not get the feeling of the characters like on animated. Reading comments on animated over the last 5 months i get the feeling that people have already got a lot of emotional tie in with the animated characters, bulkhead for eg gives the impression that hes been part of TF for 20 years, every body knows who he is, what hes like and maybe want to buy the toy (esp as the toys arent even officially out yet!) Did this same pre toy release fandom 'warm up' occur with AEC? (if the toons were on earlier) indeed has any line been so anticipated by so many? im sure the cartoon itself has warmed many to the toys even if initailly they just hated the new toy style direction.