Updated on April 25th, 2012 to include new waves: With the recent case assortments for Prime, and DOTM, is Hasbro actually hurting themselves? For example, look at the Wave 1 & 2 Case Assortments: Wave 1 Voyagers: 3x Optimus Prime 1x Megatron Wave 1 Revision 2 Voyagers: 2x Optimus Prime 2x Megatron Wave 2 Voyagers 2x Optimus Prime 1x Bulkhead 1x Starscream Wave 3 Voyagers: 1x Optimus Prime 1x Megatron 1x Bulkhead 1x Dreadwing Total: 8x Optimus Prime 4x Megatron 2x Bulkhead 1x Starscream 1x Dreadwing _________________ Wave 1 Deluxes: 3x Bumblebee 2x Wheeljack 2x Cliffjumper 1x Soundwave Wave 2 Deluxes (This is the most messed up one): 3x Bumblebee 1x Cliffjumper 1x Wheeljack 1x Soundwave 1x Arcee 1x Ratchet Wave 3 Deluxes: 2x Hot Shot 2x Knock Out 1x Bumblebee 1x Arcee 1x Ratchet 1x Vehicon Wave 4 Deluxes: 1x Cliffjumper 1x Soundwave 1x Knockout 1x Airrachnid 2x Bumblebee V2 2x Dead End Wave 4 Revision Case: 1x Wheeljack 1x Autobot Ratchet 1x Knockout 2x Vehicon 1x Hotshot 1x Airrachnid 1x Deadend Wave 5 Deluxes: 1x Arcee 1x Hotshot 1x Airrachnid 1x Bumblebee V2 1x Deadend 2x Ironhide 1x Rumble Wave 6 Deluxes (New Packaging): 2x Bumblebee 1x Wheeljack 1x Soundwave 1x Knockout 1x Vehicon 1x Ironhide 1x Rumble Total (Minus Wave 6): 7x Bumblebee 4x Cliffjumper 4x Wheeljack 4x Knockout 3x Soundwave 3x Ratchet 4x Hot Shot 4x Dead End 3x Vehicon 3x Bumblebee-V2 3x Arcee 3x Airachnid 2x Ironhide 1x Rumble ______________ Cyberverse Commanders: Wave 1 - DVD Edition: 3x Optimus Prime 1x Megatron 1x Bulkhead 1x Starscream Wave 1 - Normal: 2x Optimus Prime 2x Bulkhead 1x Megatron 1x Starscream Wave 2: 2x Optimus Prime 1x Megatron 1x Bulkhead 1x Ironhide 1x Dreadwing Wave 3: 1x Starscream 1x Dreadwing 1x Ironhide 1x Ultra Magnus 2x Optimus Prime V2 Total: 7x Optimus Prime 4x Bulkhead 3x Megatron 3x Starscream 2x Ironhide 2x Dreadwing 2x Optimus Prime V2 1x Ultra Magnus __________________ Cyberverse Legions: Wave 1: 3x Bumblebee 2x Cliffjumper 1x Arcee 1x Ratchet 1x Vehicon Wave 2 (No New Figures; Just Different Assortment Ratios): 2x Bumblebee 2x Ratchet 2x Vehicon 1x Ciffjumper 1x Arcee Wave 3: 2x Bumblebee 1x Vehicon 1x Arcee 1x Breakdown 1x Evac 1x Soundwave 1x Mirage Wave 4: 1x Bumblebee 1x Autobot Ratchet 1x Cliffjumper 1x Breakdown 1x Wheeljack 2x Bumblebee-V2 1x Flamewar Total: 8x Bumblebee 4x Vehicon (the fact that he's in second is surprising, but great) 4x Cliffjumper 4x Ratchet 3x Arcee 2x Breakdown 2x Bumblebee-V2 1x Evac 1x Soundwave 1x Mirage 1x Wheeljack 1x Flamewar ____________ (Note: Only Wave 1 and Wave 2 were on the list as of this. Wave 3 was added later) The biggest trend I noticed from all of this? New figures being shortpacked in THEIR OWN WAVE. The Wave 2 Figures for all but Legions, are shortpacked compared to their carryovers from Wave 1. But most of all, how are kids going to receive the line? As a kid, I always tried to keep my sides balanced. I ended up getting more good guys than bad guys, but that was more from the fact that a lot of the figures I really enjoyed were combiners (and during the Japan-To-America Era, those were mostly Autobots), and that there were always more Autobots than Decepticons. There have always been more Autobots than Decepticons, since 1984. But the extent of which was never this severe. I get that Optimus and 'Bee were the major characters in the Movies, but in Prime? Yeah, right. They are background characters at best, with these episodes in Season 2 having been the only major sources of screentime for them so far. I really think they should go for more balanced assortments, or they are not going to sell/be as popular. For example, the Wave 1/2 Combined Total for Deluxes is: Total: 6x Bumblebee (A Cool Guy, Decently Around In The Show) 3x Cliffjumper (One Episode, Dead) 3x Wheeljack (One Episode, May Return) 2x Soundwave (Ton Of Episodes, Not Much Screentime, BUT, THE ONLY DELUXE DECEPTICON SO FAR) 1x Arcee (Pro: She's the main character; Con: She's female. Okay, Hasbro, that means she should be packed like Ratchet here, then.) 1x Ratchet (Heavily around, though not combat intensive...but a popular character. As a kid, Ratchet would've been the first guy I bought out of these, followed by Soundwave (so he'd have someone to fight)) The balance, figure-wise? 14 vs. 2 (7 vs 1) (Autobot vs. Decepticon figures) The balance, mold-wise? 5 vs. 1 Complete Sets Possible: 1 (With 1 Two-Thirds Complete Set, 1 Half Complete Set, and 3 Left-Over Bumblebees) Alright, now if you balanced the two cases, the total would look like this: 3x Bumblebee 3x Cliffjumper 3x Wheeljack 3x Soundwave 2x Arcee 2x Ratchet Makes the balance: 13 vs. 3 (4.33 vs. 1); MUCH closer to the actual mold difference, and gives a better variety. Complete Sets Possible: 2 (With 1 Two-Thirds Complete Set) Now, finally, the Voyagers: Total: 7x Optimus Prime (Yes, he's the Autobot Leader. But Really, this many?) 3x Megatron (Megatron is the Decepticon Leader, tons of kids are going to want him to fight Optimus. Good luck finding him, kids.) 1x Bulkhead (The main character after Arcee, and the most kid-friendly) 1x Starscream (The main Decepticon for most of Season 1, tons of kids would want him) Balance: 8 vs. 4 (2 vs. 1) Molds: 2 vs. 2 (1 vs. 1) Complete Sets: 1 (+ 2 Half-Complete Sets, and 4 left-over Optimuses) If you balance the assortments: 4x Optimus Prime 4x Megatron 2x Bulkhead 2x Starscream Perfect Balance. At worst, toss one Megatron out and add an extra Bulkhead, because he's a major character. ________ What are your guys thoughts? I hope to continue updating this thread as future cases and revisions come out, to see if it gets any better (or worse). But I'm curious to hear the thoughts of the rest of the fandom.