after seeing the design sketches of classics prime, I don't quite feel that elation that I usually would for a new prime. it kind of saddens me, because I'm such an optimus fan, but here's the reason: the recent homages, especially from energon, have put a big damper on the impact of seeing older characters updated. each incarnation of the main line is going to have a prime, that's a given. but we have had fairly close homages in either paint scheme or alt mode of ultra magnus and prowl in r.i.d., starcream and thundercracker in armada, wheeljack, inferno, shockwave, springer and rodimus prime in energon, and a good hot rod homage in cybertron. with all of these being good toys and way more articulated than their g1 bredren, it almost seems to make the neo-g1 line a moot point. so what then becomes the point of the classics line? we all look at the new prime of each line and compare it to what we think optimus prime should look like, hence the "prime's not a firetruck" or fatimus prime sucks remarks. yet we also view them as updates of our classic characters, even though they take place in different timelines. is the draw for the classics line that they are actually SUPPOSED to be the updated forms of old characters? because I'm certainly about at my limit of getting excited over another version of a semi truck called optimus, and it would seem that if we got more versions of some of the characters that have recently had homages made that they would be redundant. I'll be the first to admit the new designs are indeed awesome, but as far as characters that have recently been updated, the excitement just isn't really there.