orangeitis wrote:You never heard of a ret-con?JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:G1 never had Mini-Cons until Classics, so all smaller partners including Targetmasters (talking to you, Nightstick) and especially Soundwave's cassettes should not be called that.
I know, the games are not part of G1 proper, but I still refuse to call them Mini-Cons. Heck, I don't even consider the PCC ones Mini-Cons!
Things are added to what we previously have "known" about established fiction all the time. Labeling the cassetticons "Minicons" now in no way contradicts anything established in G1 any more than the addition of sparks as their "essence".
Targetmasters, along with most other -masters of G1, at least in western continuities were Nebulans, not purebred Transformers. So who's to say that purebred -masters weren't Minicons?
There could be lots of reasons to consider small TFs in G1 "Minicons", but if the best we can come up with is "we never heard them be called Minicons before so they can't be called Minicons now", it's best left within personal continuity IMO.
Additionally, it's not even a big jump. A minicon is, by simplest definition, a small transformer. It's just a classification, not necessarily a faction (although it is in the Unicron Trilogy universe).
Minicons fill the same roles -master partners and cassette transformers filled, they're just lumped into one category instead of each having their own. That said, it's not wrong to consider PCC minicons some sort of Taregetmaster partners, given how they're depicted in the bios.
For other examples, Armada Sideways is certainly a Headmaster, just not a typical one, while Armada Overload is very much a typical Headmaster.
It's simply a streamlining thing to just call them all minicons.