Close to a "D" which is essentially a fail. :p I do see your point though, this figure seems like it represents a lot of the lesser aspects of the line without being ridiculous farce a la Decepticon Triple-changers.
Well, I would probably give a C- and not a Fail. Much of that is probably me displacing my disenchantment with the Universe deluxes onto this one figure. The line seems to have more misses than hits and there's little to argue against it being just a stopgap line for Hasbro.
Right on. Who knew that TFs were chick bait?
Tycho would appreciate this especially since I'm rehashing his whole thing last year about women and TF's - so I have this G1 TF shirt from Target that has Optimus, Jazz, Bumblebee and Hot Rod on it and on 2 separate occasions, I've had people, females at that, comment/compliment on it. Both of them couldn't have been older than their mid 20's.