Hey all, Long, long, long time lurker (have been coming to these boards daily now for well over 2 years - fav section is the fanart section) here. I'll be honest i'm a little apprehensive about kicking off a thread with only a smudgen of posts under my belt. Please be gentle A few thoughts have popped into my mind about the latest 'universe' of Transformers and i am extremely interested in hearing what the fans might have to say about them. These questions are more related to an 'expanded' universe interpretation of the movie rather than specific to the movie itself. But if you need to post spoilers then just do the usual inviso-text... i haven't seen the flick! Stupid UK opening dates! So i'm curious as to how people think the protoform modes work. What got me thinking was that in the prequel comics the Autobots are all in their protoform modes (or what i believe to be protoform modes - and not having seen much of the Beast Wars mythos - more a G1 Marvel anaorak - i'm not sure how well these protoforms tie in with the concept from other TF works). Yet Megatron quite clearly is in his cybertronian jet mode. To my eyes it seems that while Megs has his jet mode the rest of the cast are stuck in robot modes that can only transform into giant flying comets! I could be wrong in what i say here as the only protoforms we have seen outside of the prequels are the Starscream and Prime toys. However the comics quite clearly show Prime in his protoform mode and Starscream in his. Surely Starscream's alt mode would have been a jet of some description while on Cybertron. What do you guys think? Has there been any attempt within or outside of the movie to suggest that the protoforms are some kind of intermediate transportation mode that allows Transformers to travel long distances (i do know that certain spaceships feature in the prequel novel - but not sure how much that might play into the canon of the movie). Are all Cybertronian modes based around the same concept of the protoform toys? Does Prime not turn into some sort of cybertronian truck? I've many more curious questions along the same lines that i'd love to get stuck into talking about with you guys but i'd like to see how this one goes. I might point out that i'm interested in ideas and hypothesis people might have about this. I love when interesting conversations break out on the boards without slander and bitching! Remember guys, be gentle... i m only human By the way sorry if this has been posted before but i don't recall reading any posts on the topic and the search button seems to have gone walkies.