What motivation did they have when designing the Transformers? was closed by a moderator for some reason or another. In retrospect, some of what I said was out of line. But I really wanted to talk about it, not have a flame war. I've had some time to think about it and eventually decided to go see the movie (I bought an advance ticket and will see it next Thursday). I think part of my reaction was based on the fact that they were just assigning old names to new Transformers. I don't object to new Transformers, it's just that would prefer they honor the memory of the old Transformers in some way (like having Bumblebee transform into the "new" Volkswagon bug. Or if they're going to come up with a whole "new" Transformer, at least they should be creative enough to come up with a new name. And to prove I have no ill-will: my favorite movie Transformer: BARRICADE http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/ajbckmn/Transformers/Barricade01.png This I can live with, a new Transformer with a new name. Now contrast this with the movie version: http://www.tfw2005.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14795/cat/1629 To me, it seems as though the movie version is more "fiddly" then the toy. If he looked at least somewhat like his toy (in the movie), I wouldn't have issues. But I guess I'll find out on Thursday.