As a big Transformers fan or perhaps I should say a huge fan of transforming robots seeing it isn't necessarily the mythos of Transformers I like so much but the concept of a vehicle/beast that can turn into a robot. I ponder what will the future hold for the "main" line? Currently as the main line Hasbro has given us a great series of Transformers toys that represent their animated counterparts very well. It is a great departure from any Transformers series of the past as they are ultra stylized. I normally prefer a more serious "realistic" robot nevertheless, I have fallen for the animated series. After the animated line finishes off, we all know what to expect, more movie figures for the film sequel titled: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Although I did enjoy the first movie for what it was I am not a fan of the overall designs. I feel there is far too much going on. Sometimes simplicity works better. So, as I was saying, 2009 will be a whole slew of robots that look only slightly like their film counterparts. However, their shelf life is limited. Eventually Hasbro will have to create a new series to continue the great success of their in house brand. The question is, what direction will Hasbro go in this time? I wish they would go for a realistic line based on realistic vehicles like Alternators but I am pretty sure that will not happen as it is too expensive for them to get all the rights to the vehicles and they will certainly want to have the main line coincide with a cartoon. Therefore, that is out of the question. I doubt they will go right back into the animated style. So, what other options are there? They could go back to beasts with a Beast Wars type of show but I think they will probably not go that route because they would most likely want to stick with something familiar to the movie characters and style. This is a tough question because you never know. The Animated series came out of left field but was actually quite an obvious choice considering that is the style of today's successful cartoons. I am trying to think of the up and coming trends with toys and cartoons and I can't seem to pinpoint anything. Perhaps, Hasbro will come up with a concept mixing Beasts and vehicles but not in the same way as Beast Machines. This could prove successful seeing both styles have proven to be a win for Hasbro. Whatever it is I hope it is a step up. I like what they have done with the animated line but wouldn't mind them going back to a more serious style. Most of all I hope Hasbro creates some new characters. Don't get me wrong, I love the classics especially Optimus Prime. However, with all the homage's going around these days, I think it may be time for a series with some fresh new faces. I think there would be nothing more refreshing than creating a new set of characters as was done with the Beast Wars. It is time for a new mythos to be created. After awhile Starscream and Bumblebee get old. Here's to the future.