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I agree with Optimum and the rest of you guys when it comes to numerous variants.
The SW analogy is a good example.
For Luke Skywalker, based on the storyline, you had the Tatooine version, Pilot version, Tawntawn version, Bespin etc. It all fit the universes' story.
In the G1 line we have to admit, there were a slew of repaints(I am not including the AM line)the Datsun guys, the penny racers guys (though for the racers, they had some re-tooling done similar to Smokescreen), the seekers (but the storyline compensated for it) and a bunch of micromasters too were repaints but had added new features like a frickin' huge mobile base(Groundshaker)
Now, we have like a zillion BBs, Optimus' etc. Sure, as a toy company, I want to sell as much as I want but at a risk of diluting the brand and causing a potential TF "fatigue" I fear this might be TF 1992+ in the USA which cause the brand to collapse.(It was different of course in Japan but you get my drift right?)
If I was to advice the Hasbro suits, if you want to milk BB, just release like one version of him. Take the Prime edition, (not mentioning the FE brouhaha) just focus on that particular BB, press out like 100,000 figures and be done with it. Not stealth version, environmental version, politically correct version....... if the storyline warrants a variant, then do so.
Again, iirc, the original BB pennyracer version continued to sell like hotcakes even until 1986 when the other figs already got canned. Just stick to that winning formula and not dilute the brand.
Current collection status
Number of TFs: 350 +
Rarest TF: Fortmax,Pretenders Metalhawk,KissPlayers Sparkbots,Tomy FE Optimus Prime, custom E-hobby Orion Pax, MP-01 2004, Classics Ultra Magnus, henkei Convoy + FP Trailer, e-hobby Roadrage,iPod G1 colors Convoy
Latest TF:MP-10 Optimus Prime,Optimus Maximus
Wanted TFs:Abominus, Computron, Road Caesar, Leo Kaizer, G1 Scorponok, G1 dinobots, Grandus
Impossible Dream TFs:Overlord,Galaxyshuttle,Black Zarak, Monstructor or Dinoking