mongrel wrote:Oh yeah you're right. But then Sideswipe & Red Alert shared a number, as do MP-10 Optimus & Black Convoy ... I guess it's not something that MATTERS, it would just be nice for history's sake if you could look back at the catalog of pieces and know which ones were the same mold by looking at the number.
Optimus Prime was MP-01 and made MP-04 by adding the trailer (a new mould had to be made), Ultra Magnus was MP-02. Starscream was MP-03 and MP-11, Skywarp was MP-06 and Thundercracker was MP-07. Sideswipe is MP-12, Red Alert is MP-14. If it is a new character, they get a new number. If it is a redeco but the same character, it's got a letter. Black convoy, sleep convoy etc all had letters because they were all Convoy in different paint schemes. MP-10 has a black repaint but it is still Convoy, not Nemesis Prime or Scourge. If we ever get an Ultra Magnus from that mold it will have a new number. The only exception to the rule is if the character doesn't get a general release such as Tiger Tracks or Sunstorm, which are exclusives, so get a letter after their name.