Why Was There So Many Body Upgrades In IDW?

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  1. Optimus Convoy

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    Here's Bumblebee for example. I remember seeing pictures of Optimus having some and Megatron as well. Why was it done so quickly? Were they beat so badly that it was beyond repair and had to build them a new body or something?
     
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    Because differing artists have different styles in their work, and sometimes, usually, a change in design can better accommodate their style of art.
     
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    Yeah, that's a bad example. The only change that counts as a "body upgrade" is the change from Volkswagen-Bee to Muscle-Car-Bee. The rest is just differences in art styles (or a whoops-didn't-get-the-memo-cockup in the case of the bottom-left - E.J. Su drew 'Bee in the wrong body). The Costa-led ongoing's kinda all over the place when it comes to artistic license.
     
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    Mostly shitty artists or formerly amazing artists with shitty new style.

    With a mix of sell sell sell toys thrown in.
     
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    Makes sense for Megatron. "Fear is ever-changing and evolving..."
     
  6. Bass X0

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    There's only really two in-continuity bodies for that pic of Bumblebee. They're just drawn in different ways depending on the artist.

    The third is an intentional error. The artist just wanted to draw 1984 Bumblebee even though there is no in-story explanation for Bumblebee looking like that.
     
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    The upgrades are to sell new figures
     
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    Plus, Bumblebee has two (or more?*) other bodies than the ones in that picture: The WfC/FoC style and the Goldfire redeco.


    *I'm sure he was probably pure Sunbow for AHM, but I can't check at the moment.
     
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    It wasn't that there were that many in-story upgrades, but just different artists drawing however they wanted because editorial (at the time) didn't really care.
    Luckily, with John Barber as editor these days and his unholy grasp on continuity, he wouldn't let that shit slide, so even if we get different artists they at least use the same character designs.
     
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    All of his non-existent new figures?

    Because, uh, only one of those got a figure. And it didn't happen until years later.

    Ding ding ding, we have a winner!
     
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    Not entirely correct. The editor, Andy Schmidt, didn't care for (or better: absolutely hated) continuity, and so explicitely told artist to draw the transformers however they wanted.

    Guido even commented that when he started working on the Ongoing he submitted pages drawn with the same designs Don had used (you know, continuity), but he was told by Schmidt to redraw them so the TF's looked like however Guido wanted them to look. Schmidt considered that artistic freedom or he really hated fans who cared about continuity. (Probably both.)


    And thus you have the TF's changing bodyshape from one issue to the next, even though there was a solid reason why they had changed before (e.g. Jetfire: Don had given him an Earth mode to blend in and stay undercover, but Guido drew him in his cartoon body even though there are no Earth planes that look like that).


    Costa, the writer for the Ongoing series (and self admitted unsuited for the job), gave Megatron a new body because it signified change. His vision was that Transformers changed very little fundamentally and that only through the contact with humans Transformers now started to quickly change. Megatron's new body symbolised this. This new body was such a huge change from whatever had come before and such an upgrade, that it was special. (Simply ignore that we had already seen him with two different body designs: a tank and a gun based body and that the latter being able to size change was already a huge difference storywise.)

    The other transformers were adapting to their new stay on earth. Different planet requires different body shape.
     
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    Things are done in a given medium because they are easy to do.

    It's easy to draw a Transformer in a new body. Therefore, Transformers change bodies all the time in comics.

    Compare it to the thousands and thousands of costume and equipment variations for Batman. It would take more effort to hold it constant than to switch it up.
     
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    And hence, because of the one editor's private war against the continuity, readers had to suffer Figueroa's trend of drawing every single bot "Bayformised".
    Thank goodness this period is over...
     
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    Why not?
     
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    The lack of any consistency between the different artists.
     
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    It's to sell toys!

    Something that Transformers and Hasbro have been very good at since day one.