So, as I've been taking photos of my movie-based figures for the past few weeks, I've come to realize that Hasbro really hit the ball out of the park with a lot of them, but not the ones one would expect. Specifically, they seem to have gone all-out with the off-screen characters. Ones inspired by the aesthetic of the line, but not beholden to a character model that you can't achieve in plastic. Ones based on noteworthy vehicles seen in the fiction, but with no attached robot mode to inhibit it. Clever retools and repaints of existing figures that made them feel like brand-new toys. Hell, looking at the figures sitting on my desk right now (Brimstone, ROTF Bludgeon, ROTF Lockdown, Hailstorm, Terradive, Breacher, Hubcap, Brawn), I know that many of these are legitimately among my favorite figures for overall aesthetic, poseability, transformation, et cetera. So what happened? After the ROTF tie-in line(s) dried up, and we moved on to DOTM, we got fewer and fewer off-screen characters. Sure, we got the entire Human Alliance Basic-class line, but DOTM had a little over a third of the off-screen characters compared to ROTF's lines (I'm counting the movie-styled release in the 2010 Transformers line as well). We got a few more off-screen characters in the Prime toylines (between the various size classes, sublines, and Japanese releases, nearly 40 off-screen characters, definitely more if you include the GO! series and various TFCC exclusives), but few of those are even unique molds. Did Hasbro find that the off-screen characters didn't bring in as many returns? Did some other shift cause them to just drop the concept entirely? I know the latter isn't entirely true, as we're getting plenty of brand-new characters in the tie-in Kre-O releases, but... I don't know. Am I in the minority in missing these kinds of figures?