RiddlerJ wrote:I stopped listening to Hasbro's official canon because I'm pretty sure they're beholden more to marketing demands than fiction. Hence why Starscream is a FOC toy but the Thudercracker repaint technically isn't. I'm pretty sure their decision to make a new Metroplex figure was based on his promotion in FOC even though he's modeled after G1.
The fiction is part of the marketing, so it makes sense that marketing comes first and the fiction is altered to support the marketing. That's how it's been since 1984, when the fiction was first invented as part of the marketing plan.
I think the reason Thundercracker wasn't released as a "FOC" figure was mostly timing. It came out after interest in the video game had waned, and by then IDW was using the design in their comics, so at that point it made more sense to release it as an IDW Generations figure than as a FOC figure. (Plus, unlike Starscream, TC wasn't a main character in the game. I think he was only available in multiplayer.) That's my theory, anyway.
The decision to make a new Metroplex MAY have been partly motivated by his presence in the video game, but clearly the figure's design was based on the G1 Metroplex, not the FOC Metroplex.
I'm not countering where Hasbro officially places it's figures. I just don't adhere to it very stringently.
I do believe they don't worry too much about continuity and are happy that people stick the figures on whatever shelf they like just as long as they buy them. That's partly why I think WFC was connected to Prime in the first place. Both continuities were coming out at the same time and it just made good marketing sense to combine them even though their aesthetics don't match too well.
I keep my Prime figures separate from my Generations figures. I guess in a sense, I count Classics/ Universe/Generations as its own continuity where Universe Hot Shot, Generations Rhinox and Generations Soundwave all exist-a variation on G1.