Just saw a new-ish CGI robot cartoon this last weekend called "Bolts and Blip." Turned it on for a few minutes to see what it was. Didn't really capture my interest. But it got me to thinking about why Transformers has so little competition in the sentient robot genre. Aside from Wall-E making a big splash, I can't recall any serious competition since . . . maybe Gobots (could explain why Gobots is still considered the most prominent rival to TFs all these years later). Or maybe I'm overlooking something. But surely Transformers doesn't have a monopoly on the concept of sentient robots. So I've been trying to think of why TFs is so successful and why these other shows fizzle out. And what else has tried to challenge the TFs. BTW. Bolts and Blip looks like this: At first glance, I want to say the designs are too simplistic, but we've seen that simple can work (Wall-E again). I think these designs in particular don't really tell us much about the characters. They're not interesting to look at. They look generic, but they're the main characters of the show.