See but the silhouette and shapes are very important. The whole argument of the “scrap metal monsters” argument is fair as they really don’t have the obvious and iconic silhouettes and parts of the originals. You say Soundwave couldn’t work in our time, and if you mean his cassette tape yeah that’s fair. But his robot design has never lost value. He’s easily the second most iconic Transformers design, before Bumblebee obviously grew in popularity. Soundwave has a distinct and classic robot design. He’s a towering and emotionless figure, you can’t tell what he’s gonna do next. And then blam! Cassette drones! If the Bay films wanna take that away they can. And they did. They made him a normal looking car robot man with claw legs and gave him a thin head with teeth. But it doesn’t feel like Soundwave. Bumblebee got lucky cause the VW is a cute car. He takes nothing from G1 apart from that and the battle mask. But in his case he lucked out well cause the round shapes, while a unique design, reasonably work for his intended character. He’s round and charming, yet he has the skills to take on harder challenges. Realism is cool and all but matching the key looks of the intended characters is always important, never to be sidelined. Yes sir!