Just "thinking out loud" here but it recently struck me that several of the concept designs for the abandoned post- Beast Machines Transtech line are pretty similar in style to the 'bot designs in the live action movie. I'm wondering: if Transtech hadn't been scrapped, would the fandom have been more accepting of the alien/bug-like/spikey movie concepts? Check out some of these Transtech concepts: http://www.tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/?dgallery=browse Now, imagine if instead of RiD circa 2000-2001, we'd gotten something with robots like the one depicted in image #7. Is that Megatron design so far removed from Movie Megs? Assuming Transtech was succesful, would Michael Bay's transformers have been blasted to such a degree? Mostly rhetorically here, just thinking about it. Granted, some of those designs are pretty Gundam or Guyver-esque but some of the others have elements that remind me of the new designs. Check out #11 (Nightscream)- the design on the bottom left reminds me of Movie Frenzy. I'm sure many of us would've been put-off by those designs in a TF show at the time, but maybe by 2006-2007...not so much? Again, just a thought.