Okay, we all know that between rising raw-material costs, currency deflation, and other factors, Hasbro is under increasing pressure to deliver products of the same quality they have in the past. Eventually push comes to shove, and you have to cut back on something. I was struck by this when I picked up HFTD Battle Blades Optimus recently. First impression was it felt like a deluxe. It really does feel like a substantially smaller toy compared with the previous voyager. Smaller in virtually every dimension. It almost seems like there's a whole size class between it and the TF1 Voyager. But then we come to pics of the new DOTM Voyager - and it's smaller again! Then we have exhibit B: More evidence: So there's two ways of looking at this: is Mechtech an attempt to compensate for this shrinkage... or is it to blame for yet further shrinkage? Thoughts? Any other examples? On the plus side, at least they're getting a little better at reducing kibble and integrating more of the altmode into the botmode, somewhat minimizing the damage. If these new figures had giant backpacks, they'd be shorter still.