As the title says. Here is my quick and dirty review for wave 1. For those unsure, the characters are as follows: Optimus Prime/Ravage, Starscream/Mirage, Rodimus/Insecticon (Hot Rod/Shrapnel), Grimlock/Shockwave. Packaging: Same sort of style as the other lines by Hasbro (Superhero Squad, SW Galactic Heroes). The packaging is nice and displays the characters well. The art is for each character and done in the same style as the toy. The logo is done in movie style lettering and has a red background with both faction symbols in red. Overall: Good packaging. Character selection: I was a bit surprise there was no Megs, but Prime, Grimlock, Starscream and Rodimus were pretty likely first choices. The other four range from "meh" to "WOW!!!!". Mirage is a nice choice, and not a quickly thought of character for a first wave. Ravage is a good choice, but a little surprising to come out before Soundwave. Shrapnel is an excellent choice!!!! The original Insecticons don't get enough love, and it was a creative choice. Finally SHOCKWAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The first time he has gotten any love for his original form in pretty much forever. Great choice. My only realy thought about the character choices is the heavy "leader" selection. Everyone except Ravage and Mirage are basically leaders of one sort or another (ok maybe not Rodimus yet). Still, great choices. Overall: A nice mix of obvious choices with "out of left field" choices. Design aesthetic: Fairly obvious since Hasbro has other lines like this. The look works well for the G1 characters and gives them another life outside of the standard toy/show/comic looks. It refreshes the line in a different direction than Classics, while giving a nod to the Actionmasters line of yore. Each toy is an obvious representation of the character and doesn't go too far with the "deformed" look which might take away from the toy. My only real concern is with the posing. 5 of the characters are in pretty much the same pose with only slight changes. I think they could have used a little more creativity in posing, but that is just a minor gripe. Overall: You should know by now what you are getting. Good, but mix up the posing a bit. Articulation: Minimal. Everyone except Ravage have varying degrees of movement in their arms. Everyone also has at least one hand open except for Rodimus. No one has moveable legs (boo). Prime, Mirage, Ravage and Shockwave have full head turning movement. Shrapnel has very limited head movement and Rodimus, Grimlock and Starscream have none. The limitations of the articulation are not that big a deal considering what the line is supposed to be, but I was a bit disappointed by the seemingly random articulation (especially the heads). Overall: Good for what the line is, but could use more creative choices for articulation. SUMMARY: THis looks and feels like the other lines Hasbro has, but it definitely is nice to see G1 characters. I don't know how well this line would work with later shows. I could see it working with Beast Wars, but RID and beyond may not be worth doing (at least right now). If you have no interest in mini statues with that "cute" look, then move along. Otherwise I would recommend getting these guys as a nice addition to your collection, especially considering how little space they take up.