Greetings. A little backstory leading up to me watching Headmasters is in order for perspective. Well, I'm an old school fan back from the very beginning of Tfs, wave one and G1S101. As I progressed as a kid, I absolutely loved TFs. All the way from wave one to the movie, which is a looong time for a kid. Then the movie came out, and it kind messed things up for me. Or, should I say S3 really messed things up for me. Though I remembered having fun at the movie, and liking my Hot Rod toy alot, I remember really hating most of S3. I don't think a kid can appreciate the self doubting life-crisis Rodimus, and I dont like him now. Back then I detested any sci-fi that looked like it had been designed by some out of touch old dude from the 50s, which most of S3 was. Green aliens in medieval clothing, a robot monster being a giant squid with a metal mouth and spikes, the Quints, it's all there in it's out of touch old man-ness. Many of the stories were just cheesy and featured locales and characters I couldn't care about as a kid. Looking back, I suppose as a lad I felt sort of betrayed by S3, in that it took the robots stuck hiding on earth fighting a war, and turned into bad 1970s sci fi magazine fan stories. Going back now and watching S3 is a more interesting affair, and although I still think it was a TERRIBLE decision for the franchise, still think most of the "futuristic" designs look like something from the 50s, and still hate S3 Rodimus, it's apparent that they were on some level trying to tell sci fi stories, most of the eps were a chore to get through now, but some are alot of fun, like Fight or Flee or Ultimate Weapon. Didn't see Rebirth as a kid, seems terrible now with more cheesy out of touch locale and designs. So, anyway, I think that long winded story was necessary to explain why FINALLY starting up Headmasters is kind of a big deal to me. I just watched all of my TF boxset, so the timing is great. 4 episodes in and I LOVE it so far! It really feels like a hidden treasure of G1 eps I never saw, but I like them ALOT more so far than any of S3! It feels much more traditional, the new robot designs look so much more like TFs than the 86 movie designs, it just FEELS alot more like S1 or 2 than S3. It does a great job of blending the movie era stuff with the traditional earth stories by having different teams stationed, and Sixshot is my favorite "new" G1 character! He's awesome! I love alot of the "new" characters, particularly some of the Targetmasters, cool, traditional designs.This is a Rodimus I like. He seems matured by the events of the movie, confident, more serious and stable, ready to fight. I love that the some of the "dead" characters are here, easily explained by them not turning gray like Prime, so only heavily damaged. Now, granted, it's a slightly wonky translation, but it's good enough. I understand what's happening, and anytime it gets too weird I just substitute words in my brain. I'm a fan of (good) anime so some of the jap style of humor in the eps doesn't bug me at all and is no way as bad as RID. I haven't had one single moment of cringing unlike MOST of S3. I like the slightly more violent take on the show. I like that it's very battle oriented. I like that they are using Cybertron and Earth alot. I like (love) that there's no Quints. The concept of the headmasters being small cybertronian transformers that use large exo suit bodies is 1,000,000,000,000,000 times cooler than than the ultra-lame nebulons. So far I'm loving this, and it's a strange, exciting nostalgic experience. It's like after watching so many different continuities (RID, Armada trilogy, movie, animated, etc) I've found the "real" TF animation sequel. One could actually take 5 faces of Darkness, The Return of Optimus Prime, eliminate anything inbetween and go straight into Headmasters! I'm excited because now I can draw from this large new cast of characters and into the future, and get into alot of the characters I see referenced but never was truly introduced to. I guess its like I just got a brand new G1 sequel! Pardon my excitement and rambling!