I think this has happened to everyone. You see a picture of a new toy... in pictures it looks AWESOME. You rush out to get it as soon as it's available, eagerly bring it home and... ... Meh. It's not bad (Or maybe it is) but it just isn't as cool as you thought it was. Conversely, you see a figure in pictures... and it doesn't look like anything special. Then, somehow it finds its way into your hands. A gift, an impulse buy... whatever. And you're completely blown away with how awesome this figure is! Any stories? Here are a few of mine: Meh Picture - Awesome in-hand ROTF Thrust Honestly, I was NOT feeling the Breakaway mold. It wasn't just the Weebo face, though that didn't help... it just seemed kind of kibbly and partially transformed. I picked up ROTF Thrust on impulse to flesh out my Decepticons, and because I honestly liked the Jet mode. Wow. I was impressed even without any modding. Yes, head articulation is a sore point for me, and I usually dock major points for being as limited as Thrust, but... even WITH that docking, he's still one of my favorite ROTF figures. Naturally, I modded him, and he's probably my favorite movie jet design. Why couldn't Starscream have looked like that? Awesome Picture - Meh in-hand. There are SEVERAL of these, but the most glaring has to be ROTF Soundwave. He's not a bad mold by any stretch. But it's just the contrast between what I saw in the pictures, and what he was. When I saw the pictures, I was drooling. something about the camera angles and the poses really brought out his regal bad-ass-ness. He looked powerful, winged and dark... he was the friggin' Transformer Batman. Who cared what his alt mode was? I got him, and soon discovered the fatal flaw. Soundwave is short. Not just in pure stature, but in proportion. He's a Hobgoblin. His extremely wide body, shoulders and short legs, though none out of proportion enough on their own to hurt, all combine to banish him to the Lollipop Guild. The uncertainty of his transformation doesn't help either, leaving me wishing SOMETHING locked into place SOMEWHERE on his robot mode, if just to dispel the constant, niggling doubt that tells me he just looks like that because I'm doing it wrong, and somewhere, there's some alchemical formula for his transformation that will result in the awesomeness I saw in the pictures.