Besides the faction symbols, what else is as synonymous to the Transformers as the classic G1 transformation sound? I, for one think that it should be untouchable, much like the faction symbols. Alas, my opinion is of little worth in the grand scheme of things. The transformation sound wans't as present in the Japanese G1 cartoons. Some series didn't even have a transformation sound besides a few metal grinding sounds, clilcks and whirls. Headmasters and Pretenders had different sounds. Same goes for Beast Wars and Beast Machines. One can speculate that these subfactions had different technologies and machanisms, which warranted a different transforming sound, but still. I would have loved to see the classic sound in these other TV series. Then came RID, the AEC trilogy and Animated. RID had the return of the classic transformation, then had a running change mid-season by having the transformation sound removed from the Combaticons/Ruination. AEC had a modified transformation sound that sounded close to the original, but IMO sounded like a cheap ripoff. THe same sound could be heard in the PS2's Armada game. Finally, Animated had the classic transformation sound. Even then, something didn't sound right. While the classic sound was indeed there, Animated didn't 'play' with it as much as G1 did. For example, combiners and bigger bots had an elongated, stretched-out low frequency transformation sound, while smaller bots had a sped-up, higher-pitched sound. I liked that and it was a glaring omission in recent TF series. Maybe I'm looking too much into this, but for me, the classic transformation sound should not be played with. What's your take on this? How important is the G1 classic sound to you?