I've been collecting a 3P Transformers for some time now, and one thing that I've decided is that I'm enjoying the alternative names, stories and fiction that comes with them. I don't need them to be the G1 cast of characters to be fun toys. Defender and Sonicron are not simple "not-Springer" and "not-Soundwave", they are two original characters, with their own unique personalities, quirks, and stories. Yeah, they are Transformers, they are from Cybertron, but what's wrong with Sonicron just being another Decepticon communications officer? Cybertron could have a population of millions. We don't need to same couple dozen guys do we? Homage are nice and all, and it makes the characters fit in with the rest of the Cybertronians, but I don't mind original characters, or even considering homage characters as new characters who are just similar. Do you consider your 3P Transformers to be the same characters as their are modeled after, or as completely new characters? If they are new characters how do you see them? For instance... I see my green Grand Patriot to be an Autobot who was sent to watch over the Earth by Optimus Prime, assigned to work with a human Special Missions force. He's young, but competant a professional soldier. Blue Konvoy is an older Autobot who was upgraded by Alpha Trion to be a replacment for Optimus Prime as leader of the Autobots. He's actually an older robot (having lived the 4 million years while the Earth Autobots were in stasis) and he has a different leadership style. He's an armchair general, who never engages in battle, but tries to inspire his troops with speeches, and looking impressive. He's willing to sacrifice troops to win the war. Sonicron is part of Soundwave's elite communications task force. He greatly admires his commander and role model Soundwave. Sadly Soundwave considers him a bit of a suckup and gives him the worst assignements, hoping he'll get slagged. Amazingly he keeps fulfilling his missions successfully, despite each being more dangerous than the last. Sonicron commands a small force of casseticons which he uses for counter intelligence, feeling false data to the Autobots. I have one of the igear Bee toys, the remolds of the Universe Legends Bumblebee. To me these three are two brothers and a sister (the blue one), who are experts in sabotage (read: sometimes lethal practical jokes). Cans of oil left over door ways that dump on Decepticon heads, exploding whoopie cushions in the Decepticon command chairs, fuel additive that makes Decepticons engines "backfire", etc. Do you have any of your own characterizations?