Someone recently mentioned in another thread that in the original G1 series, many of the Autobots had very individulized personal behaviour, hobbies, etc... and that such things are all but absent in the more recent series. Part of this I think is simply because the newer shows were intended for an even younger audience, and so the depth of the character development has been reduced. Also, I think the flaws in the Autobots were reduced to provide more positive role models for children to imitate. But when I look back at those old G1 profiles (written by Bob Budiansky, right?), I really appreciate how many quirks and flaws found their way into the characters. I think I miss that. As one of those kids who used to compulsively memorize TechSpecs, I LOVED that the TFs had so much breadth to their personalities. Sunstreaker was an arrogant self-styled "professional". Sideswipe was a cheater. Slag was a mean-spirited thug. Snarl was a morbid depressive. Skylynx was a megalomaniac. Red Alert was a paranoiac. Tracks was narcissistic. Tailgate was a delusional libertarian. That's great stuff from a character point of view... and makes the characters much more interesting than generic well-adjusted hero-types. Larry Hama was doing a similar thing at the time with the GIJOE profiles... adding those little details that made a figure into a real character, rather than just another toy. I found this particularly jumped out at me when I read the new profiles for Classics Mirage and Classics Grimlock. While most of the new profiles paraphrase the originals, there are some differences that I consider important. In the original profile, Mirage was characterized as elitist, aloof, and notably someone that may not be trusted, even by the autobots. Grimlock... well, let's face it. Grimlock was sort of a jerk. Grimlock despised weakness... especially weak little humans. He might be counted on to do the right thing when the chips are down, but he's still the bully who would take your lunch money and then laugh in your face. Now in the Classics profiles, these details are obscured or re-worded to portray Grimlock and Mirage as model heroes. So then... has something been lost? Have these formerly ambiguous and interesting characters become sterilized by overly-pandering child-marketing?