Ok, so there's lots of debate about how lame the movie designs are and how they should have stuck with the established TF look and perhaps based their designs off the alternators asthetic. It sounds like a good idea, yes? I love the alternators, I love the look of them. However, translating a $20 into a live action model does not work well. First off, they can't see a thing. Check it out: Giant versions of Tyrese Gibson and Michael Bay managed to stand in front of Grimlock and he can't even see 'em. As if that wasn't enough, Megatron himself is pissing about down there along with two little mini tanks. Jazz (who has a slightly more modest bust) suffers from the same problem, as do most of the Alts. Now now, I know what you're thinking - "You just chose the Alternators with the big chests!" Well you're right I did for those points. But keep in mind that 50% of the unique Alternator molds released so far have that same big chest design. So right there we've written off half of them. Let's have a look at a few more Alternators. Next up, Sideswipe / Dead End / Sunstreaker. Let's put it simply. He couldn't walk. How's about that Optimus fella? Again, he couldn't walk and let's be honest, his arms are about as useful as a T-Rex's. The less said about Skids the better. But wait, what about Tracks! Damn, I bet he'll work! Alright, looking good! Sure his arms may have a bit of trouble, as well as his legs, but it seems like it's a workable design. Now let's just have a look at the back... Oh. Ok. Hmm, maybe not then. Dude's a bit... cumbersome. The only two molds that I can see possibly working in the slightest (and they would take a lot of work) is the Prowl design and the Windcharger design. I wouldn't mind seeing some major reworking of them. But the point is, why restrict yourself to the design limitations of a toy (which have a budget and a limited number of moving parts they can use) or an oversimplified cheapo animation (stacking together a bunch of cubes is fairly easy to draw)? Basically, a bit of a shake up and redesign was required to make Transformers actualy useful in live action. Did they have to be so radical? Probably not. But personally I find it refreshing as this is the second time ever in Transformers history when the designs do not have to be comprimised or simplified due to toy requirements (I'd say the show designs for Beast Machines were the last time this happened). I'm fairly confident that these characters and transformations will look spectacular in the film. Apologies for stretching the thread out, but it was necessary in order to illustrate the point. Also, all images of the Alternators were taken from the Seibertron gallery and rehosted on imageshack.