This is a question that has been bugging me for years. When it comes to updating a franchise for a modern audience - say, Hasbro's Classics - creative liberties are encouraged to improve the product with various design tweaks. The result is a successful reimagining of our childhood characters with a new paint job to match. Takara's Henkei line, however, has strived to reproduce cartoon-accuracy with painstaking detail - something that has been met with mixed results in the community. I think we all saw it coming, but what I don't understand is why. Or take the movie line for instance. The new techno-organic designs could only have been conjured up in the States. I guarantee that if the movie had been Made in Japan, the characters would have been G1-accurate to the tiniest detail. (However, I don't think this would have avoided the usual backlash.) It's not just Transformers that displays this phenomenon. If you look at any Japanese movie based on a manga or anime, you'd see that the characters look exactly like their original counterparts. No updates, no reimagining, no creative license. It's a facsimile. So what is the explanation behind this unusual behaviour? Why do Americans strive to innovate new designs while the Japanese insist on honouring the source material? Is there some strange cultural heritage causing these differences?