I've always wondered how things would turn out if you got someone with no knowledge of Transformers at all and gave them the original toys and told them to come up with characters and a storyline based on them. Obviously I'm thinking the project would be given to a writer or other creative type rather than just plucking a random person off the street for it. Would some things always be a given? Would the big red truck guy be the leader of the good guys? Would he even be a good guy? Perhaps the writer looks at the figures and decides only the ones with real faces are the good guys. That'd make Megatron and the Seekers team up with Prowl and other 'faced' cars. Would that make Rumble and Frenzy characters that joined the hidden-faced bad guys like Shockwave, Wheeljack and Bumblebee (not their names now of course)? Or good guys that joined the bad guys and ended up working for Soundwave? Are there even bad and good robots? Maybe they're all bad and invading Earth, or our own technology come to life somehow. Would there be mass-shifting? Or would the device figures keep their small size as robots? Would some of the robots be female? Would the Diaclone drivers be included? Are they even living robots if they were included? Would they have their own planet? Why are they here? Would there be the recolours of certain molds like we got? What happens when you're given three of the same toy in different colours and asked to give them names and characteristics? How much would be the same? Would the writer group all the cars and ground vehicles together and the weapons and devices as another group? Would the weapons include the Seekers, or would they go under a vehicle banner? Maybe there are more factions than just Autobot or Decepticon. Just by looking at the original source (the toys) what's likely to end up the same because it's an obvious choice or idea, and what came about because it was just what popped into the mind at the time. Would you really look at Wheeljack's toy and think 'Yes, that guy's an engineer and sometimes mad scientist type that's also a good stunt-style driver'? Somewhere, in alternate realities, everything ended up as something else when the toys inspired the tech specs and media. How often would it have even ended up all under the name Transformers'? We could've been playing with stuff called SwitchTechs instead. I don't think this is something for the Toy Discussion forum as it's more about the creative media inspirations that came from them, even though it does involve the toys, but feel free to check with a mod if you disagree.