This thread isn't designed to complain about the new designs for the TFs since there're already enough of those as-is. Instead, I would like to ask a question since I've read this phrase a few times throughout the board. What is a "realistic alien"? This thread touched on this a bit (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=109591); however, I felt this topic warranted a separate thread. I also have to admit that I'm a bit confused by what a "realistic alien," I'm referring to extraterrestrial term, supposedly looks like. As far as I know, the only extraterrestrial aliens that might be realistic, I don't know for sure, are little guys with large, bulbous heads and ovular eyes. But enough of that, back to the TF movie. Why are the movie designs referred to as more "realistically alien" than previous TF designs? I would think sentient robots, gigantic or not, would be enough to qualify as sufficient. Such as...say the War Within designs where they don't have "technically" any earthly influence since they haven't been to Earth yet (I was trying to think of a non-G1-related reference but I'm coming up short at the moment). Compared to the movie designs, they don't look anywhere nearly as movable/articulate if the "metal acts like skin" technique that's been pretty popular over the years is not used. That being the case, wouldn't "realistic robots" be a more accurate term since the alien part would just mean coming from space and not native to Earth? What would make one more alien than another? Okay, I think that just sufficiently painted a rather large bullseye on myself. Again, this isn't designed as a "movie designs are (insert derogatory term here)" thread but more of a conceptual/theoretical idea thread.