DevastaTTor wrote:If they'd gone with Manga looking Autobots versus Samurai/Asian inspired Decepticons, it may have made an interesting line and made a little sense depending on the storyline Takara created. But just seems to be no rhyme or reason to the looks of these characters.
Actually, this makes a lot of sense to me, and I can see it. Chubby proportions aside, BB & CJ do look quite manga/anime-eque. Just look at the details, on the head and knee-pads for example. Kinda does fit in with Convoy if you look at it that way. And I could even see a weird organic samurai-ish vibe from Starscream, what with the head crest and four eyes and all. It kind of actually does fit the classic Japanese themes, where the good guys are often very angular and futuristic looking, and the bad guys are more organic or tradition-inspired.
It almost seemsthey're the first line developed purely for Japanese appeal. Small, high-quality design, high detail, very displayable even in the packaging, price is not really an issue. This heavy targeting towards the Japanese market could explain why they're not as popular to most of us on this forum. Traditional Western and Japanese interests are quite different.
Huh. That kind of makes me look at the line in a new way.