Yeah, you're right. I hadn't considered this is a non-sequel, so it could be its own thing. And I agree that the robot is more important, but... It's LIVE-ACTION. That means they can't afford to put in an expensive CG robot too often (low budget, too). So unless they reduce the complexity of that insane Bay-approved BB, it means we won't actually see BB as often as you might expect. Ergo, it's important to cast a little boy. You may say it serves no purpose, but I can tell you this: you can't name a G1 fan who adores Carly or Marissa; there are no G1 shelves with fan-made Marissa's or Carly's. Meanwhile, they include Spike and Sparkplug in MP releases: there's a reason for that. Given the choice of main characters, boys will gravitate to boys, girls to girls. It's just how it is. So whether or not you perceive it consciously, you need a main character that the target toy audience will relate to. A little girl is not it. Sorry. That's not to say I'm hating on this BB movie! I'm not! I'm just confused about how they will sell toys with a strong female cast, and no mention of any male stars? (I could have missed the male announcements, though). I think it's fine if it's a more girl-centric TF movie, but then they should consider selling more girl products: a pink/purple/teal TF and plushies! Otherwise, this feels like a merch disaster: the movie is about one thing, the toys about another! To put it another way: When the BB movie hits theaters, the movie toys will flood shelves. If you don't want another TLK Wave 1 repaint disaster, you need to be sure boys (and not just girls) are going to see that BB movie! Some girls will still buy movie toys, yes, but the majority of girls will not go for anything war or war-like (the current style of TFs).