I know some people don't like the proportions of FoC Bruticus with them all being Deluxe figures but I had this idea to make that work as a plus for future combiners. I think everyone really likes the Scramble City type combiners because you can assemble the limbs any way you want. The torso however has always been fixed to the team's leader. As long as they're all deluxe figures anyway why not work it so all 5 figures can be interchanged instead of only the limbs. The proportions would be even more off if the leader was a Voyager as his arm or leg mode would be longer than any of the other figures. You wouldn't really want one leg to be a voyager and the other to be a deluxe, it wouldn't stand properly. And this idea would allow for even more combiner combiner combinations when you can use any of the limbs as torsos. Hell if you wanted too, it would be kinda silly but you could do it, you could buy 5 of the same character and be able to combine him into a gestalt. There's also the Seacons which each of the limbs also had a weapon mode. Though I personally prefer the concept of the individual characters having combining weapons to having a 6th member as a glorified target master still it allows for more play options. So what if Hasbro made updated versions of all the original combiner teams in this style. Even the ones who weren't originally Scramble City combiners. Devastator for example would be updated so all 6 members have torso, arm, leg, and weapon modes. His standard combined mode, the one that would be on box art, would be Scrapper as the Right Leg, Bonecrusher as the Left Arm, Mixmaster as the Left Leg, Scavenger as the Right Arm just like the original. Hook would be the torso and Long Haul would be in weapon mode which is part of the change from the original. You could switch any of them around and combine them as you see fit. Other combiner teams would also be updated with the same combination abilities plus every team would have a new member to act as their default weapons. And just for the heck of it they could still have all the individual character's weapons combine into a weapon for the gestalt so you have two options for weapons, the combined weapons or the 6th team member. The Gestalt could even wield both at the same time if you wanted. Now if you're still turned off the idea because of the torso being the same size as the limbs and would rather just have the leaders as the torso at all times I'm thinking just the team leaders could also have Voyager size figures with 4 modes. Robot, vehicle, torso, and their original base modes. (The base modes would be added to characters who didn't originally have them.) They would be able to use the Deluxe figures as limbs so you get a well proportioned gestalt. The Base Modes would also be able to combine with each other as sort of a city play set. While I'm on the subject of proportion I'm also kinda thinking about having all the other characters come in smaller versions that only have robot, vehicle, and weapon modes. So your Deluxe Gestalt arm doesn't have to hold up another Deluxe as a weapon. The smaller figures would also be better proportioned to use with the Voyager Base modes. Their weapon modes could be mounted at points on the base modes, or they could be displayed in robot mode operating weapons that come with the Voyagers, or they could be in vehicle mode driving on the "roads" of the bases. Basically it's all the fun of the original Scramble City combines plus more! Well maybe not all the fun, I kinda doubt we'll see updated versions of Fortress Maximus or Trypticon to go along with these updated combiners and their base modes. I was kinda thinking the Base Modes could just connect with each other instead of with a cityformer. All this being said, it's probably unlikely that ANY of this would happen. However, please keep the discussion to weather or not you would like to see it happen and not about the likelihood that Hasbro will ever do it. I'd like to keep this thread from turning into 100 reasons why Hasbro won't or can't make good combiners. Oh and I have some ideas as to who the new team members might be. Terrorcons: Cruellock, I think the name and beast mode fits in with the other original Terrorcons. Combaticons: Well they were originally built by Starscream. Maybe in this updated version Starscream also upgraded his own body to combine with his new Combaticon army. Technobots: I would say the same as above but a T-Rex doesn't really fit in with a bunch of futuristic vehicles. Starscream as a military jet fits in with the Combaticons just fine but I don't see Grimlock being a good match for these guys. However Wheeljack built Grimlock so he could fill in the 6th member slot. Still not the greatest fit but better than a T-Rex. Protectobots: I'm thinking Boulder. Rescue Bots are loosely based on the Protectobots anyway. Both teams actually have Blades. Hot Spot and Streetwise even make good counterparts for Heat Wave and Chase. Even though I think a bull dozer is kind of out of place on a rescue team. Stunticons: A new version of Bug Bite. All the Stunticons have the same vehicle modes as certain Autobots with entirely different robot modes. So the new Bug Bite would still be a white Bumblebee in vehicle mode but would look entirely different in robot mode. I just really wanted to give Bumblebee a Stunticon counterpart. Predacons: TFW lists Gnaw as a Predacon anyway so might as well update him as an actual member of the team. I don't really think his original appearance fits in with the other Predacons though. Maybe if he looked more like an actual shark instead of some weird alien walking shark thing. Aerialbots: Airazor of course because that name has been used on Aerialbots before and I like the reference to Beast Wars. I think she should even be based on the Dawn of the Future's past version of BW Airazor. Same jet mode and color scheme.