I usually just read through the posts and read up on the new information and watch people's opinions, but I thought I just add my two cents in hopes that I could add a different spin on this movie's importance to the franchise. I'm a big fan of Battletech and Mechwarrior. I don't know how many if any of the forum readers here are fans as well. Battletech went through a phase of great popularity. Mechwarrior games were being released and the franchise was sold from FASA to Wizkids Games, owners of Mage Knight. When Wizkids openned up a new timeline for Battletech the hardcore purists lashed out and refused to support the new stuff from Mechwarrior: Dark Age. It's been about four years now since Mechwarrior: Dark Age was released. Mechwarrior: Dark Age was created in order to open up new audiences to the Battletech/Mechwarrior genre in general. More people buying Dark Age means more money for classic Battletech and vise versa. So, by the purists of classic Battletech not adding their interest and dollars to the new Dark Age line, they basically killed the chances for new classic Battletech and Mechwarrior stuff. No new video games, no new minitures, scare tabletop additions. Transformers is in the same boat right now. It's not even debatable that Transformers has so many different storylines and character variations that some folks probably can't keep up. With the addition of a movie, we have one more. The fact of the matter is simple. If purists fail to support the movie (which is where all the money is going) and the initial reaction to the movie is poor, the Transformers franchise will suffer. The first movie due out in July is the teaser. It is the first taste of what CAN be, not necessarily what WILL be. July's movie is meant to broaden the scope of the Transformer franchise so that more than just veteran purists and 10 year olds who watch Cartoon Network can experience Transformers. So to those who are skeptical about the movie being close to G1, remember, G1 is the only storyline and franchise that has been close to itself. The Dreamweave comics looked good and looked very much like G1 and had the same G1 characters, but the storyline was still different, and in my opinion, much better. I always thought the idea of Optimus Prime being killed by Megatron was a waste of an excellent character. Did I still enjoy the movie? Sure. The fact of the matter is, there will never be another storyline or character makeup like G1 that will be exactly the same. So, to the naysayers and purists and hardcore G1 folks out there: Relax. Go see the movie, support the franchise. Enjoy the change. Be excited about the new direction. Who knows how good the movie could get in the next years with sequels and such. In short, the Transformers glass is half-full in my eyes, not half-empty. Let's prove the owners of the Transformers franchise that we also see it as Half-full and maybe they'll put more effort into it.