HasTakTomy, you want to sell toys. TF fans want to buy toys. However, a huge number of the quality products that TF fans want are created by 3rd party companies selling highly-inventive, but illegal products. So, HasTakTomy, why not do what knock-off companies have been doing to your brand for decades? Reverse-engineer the toys, improve on them, and then sell them to the fans for less. Illegal toys, now completely legitimized. Since these companies are practicing illegal business and have no copyrights for the toys based on your character designs and marketing (cartoons/comics), why not use their engineered designs, copyright them, and sell them to the fans? HasTakTomy wins! TF fans also win, by getting legal versions of toys for 1/3 of the cost of current 3P figures, but with higher quality-control (and official TF packaging for those that could care). Let the 3rd party companies do the leg work - the design and engineering, which would save HasTakTomy a huge sum of money and time in production design costs. What TF fan wouldn't like to have official releases of: Munitioner Classics/Henkei Magnus with trailer GrindRod/not-Roll Bar Hench/not-Brawn Glider/not-Powerglide triple changer Assaulter and not-Springer not-Devastators Weapons specialist and Medical specialist (Ironhide and Ratchet) the upcoming not-Superion and not-Menasor combiners and the list goes on... with better quality at a lower cost? of course, there would be at least 2 considerations: 1) Toy safety laws/regulations might result in some minor changes to the toys (though TakaraTomy would be able to release many toys legally that could not be by Hasbro, such as the small-parts of Perfect Effect not-Reflector or the gun toy Hegemon) 2) Creative pride - some in the HasTakTomy corporation might consider it's akin to surrendering to 3rd party companies products if you legitimize their designs - to admit that their designs are just as good or sometimes even better than official Transformer toy designs. The fandom would mind this, though. They already are "voting with their dollars" as to what products represent the G1 designs they are willing to pay for. You could even brand it as a new line marketed towards collectors. Would be curious to see what a sampling of TF toy fans think, with a poll included here... Unanimity wouldn't be expected on any issue put to a poll, so let's see. HasTakTomy, we leave the logistics of the legal and production process to the company that does it best. But, at least hear the fans on this and consider for a moment the win-win situation. Let's please keep this discussion cordial. There are ideas on both sides to be considered. We can explore the possibilities together.