A lot of this size shrinking to me has more to do with designing the toys to fit in the packageing via robot mode, than earlier lines which followed with vehicle modes. Mechtech plays some role. But I'm not seeing as much of a discrepency with the deluxe class. Even the potentially retooled sideswipe, is just rolled forward slightly. Its the same size as that new mold barricade. The figure can only expand as much as the packageing dimensions allow takara, so naturally it has to fold down into its vehicle form. Ultimately from what we have seen from the other groupshop robot mode pic. The voyagers are really only a head shorter than the earlier voyagers. (Ironhide for example) Nothing to raise a big deal about. Clearly that has gone into the mechtech weapon. So if you don't like the mechtech weapons you have a reason not to buy this stuff. We get it. But the haters exagerate. Just laying some covering fire down for my opinion: Mechtech is awesome. I may pass on that ratchet voyager repaint and leader bumblebee for a while. But everything else looks intense. Not sure if I'm more excited over the firetruck or the helicopter.