This is just a feeling I've had recently. Does anyone else occassionally feel that Optimus has become too Iconic a character? That in some ways he and his reputation are holding things back? It feels like the people at Hasbro and Takara literally cannot think of making a TF series without him front and center, And that kind of upsets me. In a way he almost feels like a safety net for them. That whenever it's time for a new TF series the writers (at least the ones in Japan) basically just say "Let's make Optimus the leader, and give them a quest to find such-and-such." Optimus works as a hero almost too well in these series, which is why I liked Rodimus Prime so much, he wasn't a perfect hero, and was frequently unsure of his ability to lead. Watching him grow into a real leader would have been interesting (though the writers dropped the ball there too). Maybe it's just me. I'm not saying I dislike Prime, no way! He's a great character (and the recent Animated one is probably the best so far). Maybe it's me, and I'm just a little sick of Optimus Prime. What do you guys think?