Honestly, the presumption that "if this were a new male character or characters, no one would be this critical" is starting to become a rather old and hollow argument. Mostly because there's plenty of proof to the contrary. Drift was taken apart for his writing early on. Even Star Saber's 180 degree personality shift was met with a fair bit of criticism. So to presuppose that if this combiner was made up of male characters no-one would bat an eye has nothing to stand on. And Smog I think is exactly right, being skeptical and suspicious of them trying to sell/hype up this new combiner and the team is a perfectly legitimate response. Considering how previous stuff was sold up and didn't really meet the hype? Drift was heavily hyped and actively turned the fandom against the character for the poor writing. Windblade (the first mini) was heavily sold up, and while the art was fantastic, the story met with mixed reviews and ended up a little underwhelming. Dark Cybertron was hyped quite a bit and was messy as hell, narratively speaking. Combiner Wars was hyped even more and was incredibly lukewarm overall (though it had some incredible moments). So people being a little apprehensive of new stuff being sold as "awesome" is a completely legitimate stance. And honestly? If you want to keep claiming this double-standard of criticism guy characters face vs criticism girl characters face, how about for the next fanpoll we get a completely new male character and see how the fandom reacts. Because right now nothing we've seen is new. Everyone being introduced is existing characters modified for the the current setting.