I was just thinking on this after seeing people discuss the current IDW comics in the News/Rumors thread. And I've just now realized how much IDW has influenced and made its presence loud and clear in the Transformers community. I never really read much of the IDW comics sure I read a few like All Hail Megatron and all those pack in comics with Combiner Wars & Thrilling 30 but I never really got into them, so I have no real connection to them. People talk about Chromedome and Rewind being a couple, to me Chromedome serves under Fortress Maximus while Rewind serves as one of Blaster's cassettes they have no connection what so ever! People bring up Megatron turning to the Autobots, to me he is the tyrannical leader of the Decepticons. I am a fan of the G1 cartoon, its what got me into G1 back in 2007, since then I've grown to love the Headmasters anime and the Wings Universe that Fun Pub has created. And I've even come to appreciate the Marvel comics themselves after getting two volumes of the IDW re-releases. Yet when I look at my CHUG shelf I see characters that I have no idea their personality or who they are. Heck the same can be said of characters I've seen on G1! In order to have a Swerve, Tailgate, or Skids on my CHUG shelf I ended up having versions that are total IDW! At least guys like CW Ultra Magnus I can find loop holes around. And sure, after watching RID & Combiner Wars I get a sense of who Windblade is and I find ways to include the Pretenders, Headmaster Jrs, etc into my G1 canon. But characters like the Rust Renegades, Alpha Bravo, Offroad, Rook, and Minicon Assault Team who must of appeared in the IDW comics I know nothing about them. But thinking on it I guess that doesn't matter! I can just kind of find a way to fit them into my G1 cartoon canon and give them whatever personality! I guess I brought this up cause I've seen some people build their CHUG collections or Transformer collecting in general around IDW. Yet when I look at mine I see it as an attempt to recreate the G1 cartoon I've watched countless times for the past nine years while also branching off and attempting to expand the G1 cartoon canon. Thoughts?