New ver: When the Transformers 07' film came out in 2007, a big complaint was the character designs. It wasn't that they looked bad, it was just they looked nothing like the characters they are supposed to be based on. The characters in the movies had some traits with the original characters. Such as Ironhide still being the weapon specialist, Ratchet being the medic, and Bumblebee being the nice guy to humans. Besides personality the characters had almost nothing to do with the characters, design wise anyway. Some characters had traits to their original vision, like Brawl being a big green tank, Starscream's cockpit chest, and Jazz's robot and alt mode. But this could of easily been them not feeling they would work in a 21st century setting. Brawl could of been named "Brawl" cause either Hasbro was losing the name license, or as a reference to the G1 Brawl. I do agree with Michael Bay on this statement: "Having Megatron transform into a gun, is like having Darth Vadar transform into a lightsaber." Yeah... there had been times where Megatron transforming into a gun worked in IDW's case, but it would be stupid to people who know nothing about the franchise. If the Transformers looked like what they looked like in the G1 cartoon it would look kinda stupid, mainly due to their simple blocky designs. The bayverse works cause it's more complex with their designs, and the Transformers don't look out of place when being translated to live-action But... there are many arguements to go against this. The Bumblebee movie showed a more G1 Optimus Prime, and he looked great in live-action! It didn't look too wired, and it retained the traits that made him Optimus! Shockwave is no longer some gray cyclops, he is Shockwave! Soundwave is no longer an unrecognisable gray robot, he is a cassette player and he looks like Soundwave! But I do love the bayverse designs. They look like what I expect a Transformer to look like. They are complex in all the right places! But maybe a little to much. Less is more after all. I think the best thing to do is a cross between cartoon and realism. To keep them looking recognizable, but complex enough not to be out of place. Look at the great job Bumblebee done with the designs. Which could be because Travis Knight actually cares about the characters and the series as a whole. No hate on Michael Bay though. I don't want them to be completely G1, just give em updated alt modes that match them, and reimagine them for live-action! Imagine the Combaticons, Astrotrain, a G1 Sideswipe! The possibilities are endless! Old ver (I suggest you read the new version.): When transformers was rebooted in 2007, one complaint was the designs of the transformers. People wanted them to look like their g1 selves. Yeah while some characters share traits with their g1 characters, others do not. I think the main corporate is any one that isn't Optimus or Jazz; Maybe Megatron. Now do I want the transformers to look like their g1 counterparts? Yes and no. Yes because if your name is "Starscream" I expect you to look like the red and blue traitor from the orignal cartoon. No because I don't want the characters g1 designs going around a modern day city. The bumblebee movie is doing a great job with recapturing the characters. Soundwave looks like soundwave! Shockwave looks like shockwave! It's like the movie we asked for 11 years ago! Do I hate the bayverse designs? Again yes and no. As I listed above if you share the name with the character; I expect you to be the character. Most of the bayverse characters share no traits with their original characters. Expically Wheeljack. But the bayverse designs look really cool! But it's sad to see a design like sideswipe go to waste. I don't care what their vichele is; just make them look like the characters they share the name with! Only a handful act like their g1 selves. I have a solution how about if the characters were a clash between cartoon and realistic? I think this would work perfectly for many reasons! The characters would look like themselves and won't feel wired in a real environment! I wanna see a movie Sideswipe that's red and looks like sideswipe! He does not have to be a Lamborghini! Also Wheeljack, The Combaticons, especially a character like Astrotrain!