I have to say, I'm not a fan. For several reasons. First and foremost, I feel like the alternate mode itself is part of the robot character. The design, paint, decals, even the specific car itself are all part of what make the specific robot individual. When they re-format, I feel like the character looses a bit of themselves in the process. I feel like re-formatting is a reflection upon the character itself. If the robot is re-formatting all the time, I can't really see them as a consistent character. Plus, a lot of the robots have really cool decals/colours in the first place. There's no need for them to re-format. Another thing that annoys me about re-formatting, is that it takes away time and money from other special effects. Obviously, when a robot re-formats, the ILM people have to re-paint (and sometimes, redesign) the robot models. This takes away valuable time and assets that could be used improving other special effects, or even, putting in another robot. Honestly, if we took out all the re-formats from TF1 to TF3 (revealed so far), there probably would've been enough money left over to add in another robot to ROTF. Unless they come up with a good excuse for so many re-formats in TF3, I'm going to be a little disappointed. There's one way they could go about it that WOULD be kind of cool. So the Decepticons are targeting humans specifically, right? What if, for the Autobots own safety, they had to re-format to new alternate modes to hide them from society, as their old alternate modes were already known by the general public? That might be kind of cool. I'd accept that. Generally though, I dislike re-formatting quite a bit. Anyone else with me on this?