Before I begin this wall-o-text-o-mine, I would like to point out that I came along in the time of Beast Wars and was currently not living during the time of G1. In G1 there were these figures called "action masters." These figures did not transform, instead they were more articulated and looked more like their saturday cartoon counterparts. They did however come packaged with a Vehicle or some accoutrament that suited their character in some way or another. Although they didn't transform they were widly accepted it seems to me which is why I pose an over-extended question. Why? Why were these 'non-transforming Transformers' accepted? I'll tell you why. They were damn cool that's why. This being one of the most revolutionary and in my opinion controversial decisions by Takara and Hasbro these were still accepted,rediculous backstory and all, into the Transformers universe nontheless. Now many new Transformers have been released since then and almost all of the ideas from back then have been recycled one way or another, be it triple changing, combining, unlockable features or attacks modes, every feature from G1 has been re-used! Except one. No transformations in order to preserve image and articulation. Now I'm well aware that Mega Scf figures were similar to this concept, however they were not availible at mass market and not availible at all in the US. Now another thing, one of the key factors in the Transformer's success was in fact the ratcheting joints. These make for sturdy figures and great poseability. But there is one downside to these. The joints are damn loud! One thing the Marvel legends are currently doing is using a softer brand of plastic and this quiets those joints while still keeping their design. Here is my point. My idea, my vision. Non-transforming Transformer figures based on their G1 designs made with softer plastic and ratcheting joints that come with smaller vehicle versions of themselves made of Die-cast at a 15 dollar pricepoint. Sort of a greatest hits. All that the Tranformers are, just not the whole "transforming" bit. Would you buy it? I would. Thanks for any time you devoted to reading this.