First of all this is not a discussion about how the movie feels or designs. It is solely about the characters. when you really think about it, this is more G1 than the first movie because all the characters are basically the more representative of or mirroring that of the first few G1 episodes: In the G1 the villains in the first few episodes consisted of: Megatron The Seekers - Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp Soundwave The Cassettes - Ravage, Rumble, Frenzy, Laserbeak Contructicons Reflector And this time in the movie they got: Megatron (i think he's in it) Starscream will represent the seekers Soundwave Ravage will represent the rest of his cassette buddies Constructicons And everyone else is just for more Autobot kills. In the first movie, the Decepticons came from everywhere: Brawl from Combaticons Barricade, I don't even remember him Blackout, I suppose he is a renamed Vortex Skorponok from the Headmasters series Bonecrusher from the Constructicons which wasn't even a construction vehicle So if we're talking characters, they're quite all over the place. Now with the Autobots, the new team consists of: Optimus Bumblebee Ironhide Ratchet Sideswipe Skids Mudflap Hound?? Wheelie Jolt Arcee Jetfire So when you really think about it, Jolt is really the only new comer because Skids and Mudflap are a representation of the twins from the G1 eipsodes. Sideswipe just represents Sideswipe as an individual Autobot member. And I suppose they didn't want to bring in Cliffjumper because he would overshadow Bumblebee and they really don't need another Camaro there. I think the roster we have here is a very positive thing and it is definitely a nod to G1 because the team is back with familiar faces and updated with new members. This line up could be as good as it gets in terms of bringing back the original characters.