- Motto: "It doesn't matter if the glass is half full or half empty, only that you work to make it full."
- Weapon: Particle Beam Cannon
A friend of mine I game with from time to time has been bringing his 11 year old son by, and since they arrive a couple hours before the rest of the group, I've started showing the kid my collection, and he's actually made up (with input from me and his dad) an interesting plot idea:
Any figure with a more 'classic' aesthetic, including TF: Cybertron, FOC / WFC, Energon, CHUG, and so on is an actual Cybertronian, with all that entails. Masterpiece class also fits here, except for Megatron (more on him below). Most Prime figures fall here, but some fall below.
Any figure with a Movieverse aesthetic is actually a human cyborg, built with the assistance of the Autobots (or under the control of the Decepticons), with the brain and spinal cord of a human soldier who fell in battle (or a criminal broken free from prison) as the control. Thus the more 'techy' look, as the human cyborgs can't use subspace for transform mechanisms as efficiently as the Cybertronians. Minicons, as well as any Targetmaster or the like, are also human borgs. Headmasters are Cybertronians who use their detachable head as a way to interact better with humans at human scale, and have had their purposes repurposed as Ambassador (autobot) or Infiltration (Decepticon). The large number of Bumblebee figures 9and repaints) is simply because the soldiers think the new Camaro is cool.
Any figure with an Animated aesthetic is an unintelligent drone created for a movie - this includes the more awkward prime figures. Yeah, I know.
And finaly, Masterpiece Megatron is technically Megatron - but Megatron when he's shrunk down to the size of a human gun. Maybe if an updated version is released that'll be the "Real" Megatron. As it is, the story the kid has worked out is Megatron was badly hurt, and is hiding somewhere. Meanwhile, all sorts of fake Megatrons, from Titanium WWI through Classics and Henkei to the Movieverse Megatrons (obviously fake, as they're human borgs) have been fighting for control of the Decepticons.
So... having said that, I'm beginning to rethink my collection strategy. I can now just picture an entire army of transforming human borgs leading the charge, with, say, General Oscar Premium (ROTF Prime) right next to MP-10 Optimus as they face down the Decepticon forces... and it lets me include all the figures in a single 'cosmology', so to speak. Which, of course, means I'm considering getting more prime figures, as well as actually halfheartedly looking forward to more movieverse figures when T4 comes out.
Anyone else find a fan plotline or cosmology changing the way you plan on collecting figures?