Caelus wrote:Clever - Maintaining two sublines means they get to keep two colors of packaging on the shelf, meaning we can't just ignore the old HftD figures, we have to rifle through them to find the RtS figures.
As to who and why, I'm guessing the reasoning was...
Scourge - he's unambiguously evil (being, essentially, a demon), and needs to aesthetically match Cyclonus and Galvatron released previously, so standard symbol. (Though a rubsign would have matched him to the Cyclonus Repaint).
Kup - His paint job is way to cheery to have an ambiguous faction, and he's too old to truck, with any of that gimmicky, sneaky stuff, so standard symbol.
Wreck-Gar - Not technically an Autobot anyway, so rubsign.
Bumblebee - Same figure has already been released with standard symbols a couple of times, and he's a spy, so rubsign.
Perceptor - I got nothing, but I like how you have to flip down his chest panel to rub the symbol.
Optimus Prime - The rubsign is just silly, though it will make sense for the Nemesis Prime repaint.
It is pretty easy to understand why Hasbro is doing the RTS series. Rub signs are catchy and most 10 year olds haven't heard of Scourge, Perceptor, Kup, Wreckgar, etc so it adds a new twist.
Regarding their final in package paint details -
Hasbro's Perceptor bites compared to the white trim detail that Takara is offering. Wreckgar's axehead should have been the same color as the other wheels. And what's going with Kup's two tone green? Sloppy....
CP, I'm on the wagon with you - holding out for Takara's version.