One thing that has struck me recently is the degree to which the TF´s in the IDW universe could easily be human... I mean, the plots are not really reliant on the characters transforming, rather it is their personalities and relationships that push the stories forward, right? So I just thought, what if there was a Transformers continuity that makes use of all the characters we love, but they were human instead? I mean, especially the characters from Transformers: The Movie are very antropomorphic, Floro Dery has even said it was his intention. Of course, the setting could still be space, or on another planet and be overall sci-fi... What do you think? I drew and attached a couple of drawings to show you what I mean EDIT: Alright, so I guess the title of this thread is a bit misleading, as I tried to make it a bit eye-catching... I of course agree that at least when it comes to the toys, the transformation gimmick is the whole point of the franchise. I have just observed that in the IDW comic, at least for me, the transformation aspect of the characters is of less importance to the story as compared to their personalities and relationships. I therefore have toyed around (no pun intended) with the thought "what if they were humans instead?" In other words, I am NOT suggesting that Transformers should stop being the transforming robots we all love, I am simply asking this: Imagine that for example IDW decides to start up a comic where all the TF characters are instead human, but with their personalities and a lot of their original robot designs intact? Their design elements would obviously be translated into helmets, armour, etc (see my drawings). Further, the basic premise would still be the same, a civil war on a faraway planet. There would still be advanced technology, maybe even magic to some degree. Huge characters like Omega Supreme could be giants, small characters like Swerve dwarves. Beastly-looking characters like Waspinator could simply be other races/monsters. Now, if we forget about toys and focus on just the fiction; would it really be that different? Or don't you think we could find analogs for most of the things in the usual TF universes, save transformations? If so, don't you think we would still get a rich and interesting story? EDIT 2: Further clarification: How about about a comic or movie continuity where the Transformers characters are not robots but humans, and do not transform? This continuity does NOT have to be called "Transformers..." something, its just that it is about characters such as Hot Rod, Arcee and Scourge... as humans! Would the fact that they are humans affect the storytelling a great deal? Could such a continuity be interesting and worthwhile? Yes, the toys would be more like Masters of the Universe, but if we focus on the characters and the storytelling alone? I guess what I´m trying to get at is, Have the characters of the Transformers universe, in some sense, outgrown the toy robots that were their initial reason for coming into existence?