This has been on my mind lately. My overall goal over the last few years was to have a Classics collection that embodied all the characters from the American G1 cartoon. At this point, that goal is almost within reach, with a few exceptions here and there. It's no secret that most 3rd parties target the G1 market, but most can admit, a lot of the major fan favorites have been tackled. So I ask this: after Classics and Masterpiece have been totally tapped, whether it be through Hasbro or 3rd parties, what is the next logical step? Beast Wars? A few characters from the first season need attention, but almost everything after Transmetals was pretty accurate. Beast Machines? A lot of characters need do-overs. Barely any were screen accurate, but I feel due to the reaction to the series as a whole, the market just isn't big enough. Robots in Disguise? Again, most of the characters were spot on perfect compared to their animated models. If anything, Ruination needs a new interpretation, but being a straight-up Bruticus repaint, it's more a job for G1 than RiD. Armada? This seems like the most likely, at least from my point of view. The toys were accurate, to a degree, but they seemed to put gimmicks ahead of everything. Armada is 12 years old now. It was a jumping on point for a lot of younger fans, and the characters mean something to these fans. In addition to new, poseable figures, it also opens up the market for new minicons, which I'm all for. Energon? Probably as accurate as you could get at the time. There's no real difference between how they look and the Hasbro offerings. In addition to that, I don't know of many people nostalgic for Energon. Cybertron? Like Energon, most of the toys are perfect interpretations of their animated counterparts. A few toys here and there could benefit from new engineering, and there are actually a few fan favorites among the characters. The market, however, is a little small to warrant a ton of attention. Animated? Here is a big market that could be tapped. The Allspark Almanac is filled with designs that never got a chance to get figures. I fear though that a lot of romance the fandom had with the series has cooled in past years. I believe the market exists, but the people who want it might not even know they want it at this moment. Movie? This has some potential, but not a lot. People have been begging for a Leader Blackout since the first movie hit, but no one has taken up the call yet. There are a few more cases of characters lacking decent toys, or more properly scaled toys, but I could probably count most of them on 2 hands. That aside, the first movie is 7 years old, and like Armada, was a jumping on point for a lot of fans, so I believe a big enough market exists. What's your take? What do you think comes next for 3rd party Transformers? There might even be a shift to some other franchises that people want, such as Sentai, or anime. Share your thoughts.