Let me start by saying that I truthfully, taking everything into account, absolutely love the films, what has been done with them (generally) and am insanely excited about ROTF. I've picked up the entire available toy line already. Further, I realize discourse on this topic has seen a lot of imput from members and subsequently has varied quite a bit in its argument form, however, once and for all, the bottom line/question: Why have they (Bay, Orci, whomever) gone to the extraordinary extent to, for instance, secure Peter Cullen for the voice of Prime, or argue endlessly over details such as him having a permanent face shield or the appropriateness of flames on his chassis during the production of the first film, and then massacre the integrity and/or representation of other crucial characters in their film "versions"? And without justified cause. This has bothered a tremendous amount of transformers fans through many different examples. Here are a few that get to me: -Ironhide: Where do I begin? Ok fine, so you made his color black, that's cool. But why on earth does he represent the lion from the Wizard of Oz, and to add insult to injury, has a british/australian accent?? Especially when you have the original voice of Ironhide right there in the studio all but begging to play the role??? Ironhide is a classic character who deserved just as much proper representation and acuracy as Prime. -Sideswipe: Did you mean Tracks??? A silver with blue windows Corvette. You have the ball now put it through the net for F's sake. Worst part about this is that the real Sideswipe will never receive proper representation. Options: Obviously, name him Tracks. Even Bluestreak/Silverstreak would have been more appropriate. Who are these people? Or keep him as is, but bring in a red Corvette instead...c'mon. -Megatron: No issues whatsoever with his physical appearance, especially in ROTF. But can anyone tell me why such an absolutely critical character who always displayed a sinister, cunning intelligence, and elegant disposition, even in battle, has somehow turned into a snarling, growling, temper driven monster? Bumblebee: Never was a badass. You need a badass to team up with the protagonist human character in the film? Hot Rod, people, Hot Rod: The high profile of Hot Rod in the Transformers story unfortunately implies they have considered him and yet denied his inclusion, as of yet, in the films. At this rate, he'll be a tractor when he is. Jetfire: Why not Alpha Trion? Stratosphere (if he's in the film): Why not Jetfire? Blackout: Why not Vortex? Now, this is not at all to say that the movie shouldn't branch out, or be creative in their chosen characterizations. But either create something totally new (we're all typically excited over entirely new Transformers concepts) or stay true to the character you are representing. Instead we have this grey area in between where the creativity level is marginal and in the process our beloved characters are getting massacred. We don't see this kind of disrespect to crucial characters in Marvel movies, or Lord of the Rings, or Batman, etc, do we? GOOD POINTS (i.e. characters who are well represented and offer the 25+ year old franchise some solidarity) I should certainly mention: Optimus Prime Jazz Ratchet Starscream Devastator Ravage Frenzy Soundwave Scorponok Brawl All excellent representations with a creativity that doesn't compromise the integrity of the character. So why go to the extent with these guys and do such a bad job with others? Again, I apologize as I know these issues have been addressed before, just wanted to view the examples and see what people thought generally/collectively... See you guys June 24th.