This is just out of curiosity, don't consider it some ill-fated fan campaign for it actually happen. This question was born out of GM's recent troubles and the nix on further funding for the F-22 Raptor, but it's not limited to those areas. From that standpoint though, there could be the consideration that a company no longer manufacturing things like Ironhide's Topkick truck, or a company going under for that matter, might wonder how they would make for advertising success. Now I'm not questioning the validity on product placement or such, I know I didn't run out and buy the Camaro though I do love the look of it. It's more that, let's say, if you're the company providing the vehicles for a movie and you have discontinued a model but have something new, would you push for it to be used next? As a fan, would you prefer it if they did? Note that its not that the Raptor, for example, is being tossed aside - more they don't need any more built, methinks. Then there's some storywise views to look at it from. Sure, in RotF Starscream was told disguises were being thrown aside, in which case he tat'd himself up Cybertronian style. But in the next move against the Autobots for film three would disguise need to come back into play? How can you top the F-22 in Earth vehicle terms, after all, but keep it a real Earthen disguise? And we don't know what the world of the third installment will think of Transformers in the aftermath of film two. Would Autobots need to go back into disguise, shedding their prior forms that have already been identified? In-story it shouldn't be an issue, given the ease with which this brand of Transformer can scan & reconfigure (taking into mass, one might think). But then there's toy-wise. This is a toy endeavor for Hasbro each time, let's recall. So what about the point of view of the manufacturer? Sure, Hasbro put most of the command in Bay's idea for the first film, but at this point they surely must look at it from the toy angle. I mean I know our fandom has those that will buy whatever is put on the shelves (for every TF fan that won't buy 'that', there's another who likely will), yet how many times can they sell us a Camaro Bumblebee or a Raptor Starscream? Do slight mold changes, repaints & weapons keep a particular character's look going or tire them out thus paving the way for something new? Until just today I honestly thought the Starscream mold for the movie line was merely tweaked with new hands, a new head, and that tat'd paint app for this film. Apparently its not. But if I didn't notice, what about your casual 'doesn't visit the TF websites' buyer/movie-goer? After the original released Bayformers Starscream, Deep Space Starscream, original G1 colors Starscream, a Thundercracker repaint, a Skywarp repaint, a Ramjet repaint, Premium Starscream, and now RotF Tat'd Starscream, should a new alternative mode be in order? Yet a huge possible limitation to any change might come from the movie-making standpoint. The time & money invested in the cg models is clear, and being Michael Bay does tend to reuse scenes & footage, audio, and certainly character models of the Transformers, even with the funds earned (and still being earned) by this sequel giving a warrant to a budget for tweaks, changes, and perhaps all out new renderings for any given character, would they actually do it? Do they run with established looks, or because those looks have been around for two films do they go with something fresh & new for third (and possibly final) installment? Even if you wanted and could work out a 'yes, change them' response to the above, would we end up swimming in fanrage for the changes? And naturally, logical arguments for yes or no born out of the above mentioned views aside, would you prefer a change personally? For, say, Megatron to take on an Earth mode? For Prime to receive a special trailer to combine with thus giving us a TF3 Powermaster Prime of sorts? For Bumblebee to be a new car? For Jetfire to be brought back in, say, a new Concorde body? (lol) For all the characters to receive a revamp? For all the characters to go Cybertronian mode? (double lol) Thoughts?