I was looking back over the various TF's series and i realised: The Cast of characters has gotten smaller over the years. Now i know that it could be argued that the G1 cast hardly spent any time on the characters that were there, and I can agree with that, but there was a notable sense of community about the characters on both sides. starscream had his seekers, wheeljack worked with Ratchet, we knew if something was being built by the decepticons it would usually involve the constructicons and so on. the thing is in modern shows there is a focus on a small main cast and a few recurring/oneshot characters. and outside that small core there isn't much of a wider community feel Why is it like that? Is it a case of product placement driving who gets screen time? Is it a case of the limited amount of episodes each series has? Is it a General Story formula issue? Just what do you think has caused the narrowing of the cast of characters in latter transformer shows?