The majority of characters in the games were never intended to appear in the cartoon or the toyline (and vice versa- Spoiler no Knockout, Airachnid, Smokescreen, Dreadwing, etc). Otherwise Hasbro would've ordered it. And I don't know what damage control you're referring to. I guess I don't see the longest continuously running continuity as a failure. The only competition it has is G1-BM, and that took a long break in the Western Hemisphere. I could cite the aesthetic & tonal differences between G1 & BW. Or BW & BM. Or G1 & BM. That's not a make or break for me. And most shows would be lucky to say they've so far had 3 successful shows in a row. I know you're no fan of TFP, but it's one of my favorite TF shows, & I'm happy with what we've gotten (and are still getting through RB & RID2015). I've been enjoying this series even through its stumbles.