I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but: In 1996, Beast Wars came out. The line had great figures, with great articulation. Each figure closely resembled his cgi counterpart. With the continuation of Transmetals and Beast Machines, the toys were still nicely articulated and designed. Fast forward to 2002, and armada comes out. Most of the toys, while not bad, had horrible articulation, and didn't resemble their cartoon counterparts very well. Take Sideswipe and Sideways for example. While still recognizable, they didn't match the cartoon characters as well as the beast wars toys, and their articulation was sub-par. You would figure that 6 years later, the toys would be even better. It was a good line for the most part though. Was this mabye because hasbro/takara wanted to focus more on gimmicks than articulation? Or was it easier for them to create animals that turn into robots with good articulation?