Well NONE of the background characters and even some of the main characters never transformed so the whole vehicle thing is sort of moot . And even with the rocket launchers on this shoulders being different and say they didnt have the budget to incude it. What do you think people are going to like more A Bluesteak that looks exactly like the toy minus his rocket launchers or some random, no name guy in the background that doesn't have a toy ? Five things, 1. Bumblee and Wheeljack and CLiffjumper disproves your point on him being a siege toy 2. Again I said characters that either exist or/and have toys so it again it disproves your point 3. Elita was designed after all others, they could have recolored sideswipe to be tigertrack more easily and faster than designing Elita 1. 4. If they can do Soundblaster they could have easily done Tigertrack, Clampdown 5. They did DeepCover , they could have added a different color to some of those backgrounds characters to make the other sideswipe repaints if they had a Transformer fan/expert on this series they could have easily added these characters without much thought. Like they did on BW with Ben Yee. A Transformers fan/expert would have said, okay, if we are going to have so many background characters in this why don't we make them actual Characters that already exist. Some of the characters never even transformed. I cant remember Elita 1 or Cog transforming to vehicle mode , Did they ? You are totally missing the point, at this point you are the know it all boy on the Polar express that thinks he knows everything and just doesn't and is wrong more than he is right ( sometimes right but to an annoying level that no one cares about ) . You cant admit you are wrong when you are clearly wrong here. Why include a no name person in the background when you could draw on existing characters to support the overuse of the same model over and over. Those no name character are MUCH MORE OBSCURE Those background characters that use the same models over and over such as, that yellow cog, that cliff jumper , all the sideswipes including Deep Cover ( who is getting a toy ) The Prowls, the Iron hides, ect, all of which has no toys would have been easier for fans to swallow had they been just colored differently. If you can do those nameless guys you could easily draw on existing characters to support a decision no one really likes ( but has to do due to budget reasons ).