I ain't looking for a fight. I ain't telling anybody off. I ain't looking to change anybody's opinion. I ain't even looking for replies or a discussion. I just have some things I thought those in the Transformers community who are disappointed with the direction of the film could ponder, and undoubtedly all of us have something about the film we are disappointed about. I am a huge G1 fan. I was thrilled the first time I heard the film would be based on G1. But thinking back, the reason I was thrilled was because I wanted the film to take place on Earth, and I wanted the Transformers to have present-day realistic Earth alt modes - because both of those elements are something that has been vacant from Transformers entertainment since G1. So really, I got what I wanted. Now, that's not to say I don't care what the characters look like; I was devastated when the first image of Optimus Prime's truck mode hit the net. I scoffed at the notion that the gorilla sketch we saw was going to be Starscream. I was absolutely baffled by Megatron's design. It has most definitely been an endless ride of "WTF?"s. But, on the other hand I have to take a step back and acknowledge exactly what we the Transformers fans are asking the filmmakers to do, and that is without a doubt to give us robots who aesthetically mimic or directly copy toys. They are toys. Every transformer ever made has been a toy. Toys toys toys. Now we can say a thousand times that we're not asking for toys in the movie, but by asking for the implementation of aesthetics from previous Transformer incarnations, we are without a doubt asking for robots that are more like toys. And yet we continuously deny that fact, over and over and over again. We lie to ourselves about what we're asking them to do, because we don't even acknowledge that Transformers have always been toys for children. It has always been toys first, and stories second - only so that kids have a reason to want the toys. And the very characters whom we all love from G1 weren't even designed to be what they are in their own mythology, which really blows the whole "because that's the way it was" excuse out of the water. And all of those story incarnations have been G-rated, except for the animated movie because Spike said shit. Really, one could say that this Transformers incarnation will be the first incarnation where everything is true to source. Everything has been created from the ground up to best represent what it's roll in the mythology is, instead of the other way around, where toys need to be sold so a story is made that incorporates them. Oh the film well sell toys, but it has to succeed on it's own merits this time - it's too costly to be a financial loss recouped by toy sales. So big picture: I think for us to expect the filmmakers to follow the design queues of a 20 year old defunct series of children's toys, who weren't even intended to be what the mythology claims they are, for their character aesthetics in a 2007 PG-13 Action movie seems like an incredibly, outrageously, catastrophically tall order. For the first time in Transformers history, the goal is not to sell toys - that will happen regardless. No, the goal is to create a great new Transformers universe for teenagers and adults, with great supporting characters that are intended for the mythology they belong to. Will they succeed? Who knows. But I applaud them for taking the chance - instead of preying off the comfort zone of existing fans, like Hasbro's been doing since G1 went off the air. These are merely my opinions sprinkled with some facts, and anyone else could very well form completely opposing opinions based on the very same facts, but thanks for reading.