Hi there one and all. Make yourself at home. I was reflecting on the G1 concept of the Pistol alt mode after reading a comment about how the G1 gun modes "were stupid". Of course, it was an unfortunate side effect from bringing in the toys from other lines to make TFs in the first place, but it's there, and ties directly to two of the major decepticons. Admittedly, if I didn't have that nostalgic connection, I'd probably think it was Megatron's worst alt mode, but it's really hard to disassociate that mode from the character for me. The problem isn't the fact that he turns into a weapon, that's fine. He unleashes so much power that he needs to turn into a different mode just to use it. No problem. The problem is the long-standing issue of mass shifting. Well, I think the best way to look at it would be just simply saying the gun modes are used by the combiners like Devastator and that's it. There's plenty of gestalts, so at the end of the day I think it's the best excuse.