So well all know, that the cartoons and movies are first and foremost vehicles to sell toys. When it's at its best, the cartoons can work in new characters, gimmicks, and handle roster changes while making it seem like a natural progression of the narrative. At its worst, the cartoons don't even attempt to hide the fact that they're just shilling out toys, and advertise new characters and stuff more blatantly than the actual toy commercials themselves. SO! What is (In your opinions) the best example of handling the TF toy franchise in TV or movie form and what's the worst?? WORST Optimus unveils his battle trailer in Armada episode 5: Soldier. - The Autobots get to some snowy, arctic region, and Optimus' trailer transforms into a base. The 3 kids marvel in astonishment at how awesome it is, while commenting on all the cool things the MiniCons can do on it. They can mount some turrets, land on a helipad, drive up the ramp and all kinds of stuff! And also, it can make me roll my eyes! BEST Introduction of Transmetals in Beast Wars. - I liked how only a handful of the cast were upgraded (lack of budget, I'm sure, but it played to their favor). It instantly set up a dynamic, where a better warrior like Dinobot was now pitted against enemies who were only superior because of their tech, which would provide some great drama later on. Also, I love how everyone undercuts the new tech with snide remarks or actions. Dinobot flippantly gives Rattrap's wheel a spin. Megatron, now a transmetal himself, famously quips that the shiny new Maximals are, "New packaging. Same product- losers." And neither Rattrap or Cheetor can control their new vehicle forms initially, making the new upgrades seem cumbersome and more trouble than they're worth at first. The fact that so many characters' initial reaction is to scoff at the new upgrades seemed like a natural one to me, and definitely made it feel like the next chapter in a story rather than the next wave of toys in a toyline.