I have no idea why I'm compelled to defend Ravage - I've already bought him and love him, but I'm compelled:
1) He really does not have noticeable kibble that offends me at all. He folds up nicely and I rather like the figure.
2) I never bought that Tracks repaint they put a cat head on and joked was Battle Ravage. Ugggh. That was offensive!
3) The wheel turning feature is easy enough to overlook. Even when I display them as cars, I don't spend a lot of time turning their wheels. Ravage makes an awesome Jaguar XK.
4) The Decepticons they could do as Alternators would be very limited due to the nature of what the alt modes of many Decepticons were. The Seeker jets as cars would not be to my taste. Caterpillar could cough up their license or something, so they could go for the non-combining Constructicon, but I think Alt line sizes would be quite small for those. I honestly don't want Megatron as a car (Cadillac, or with a bit less reservation, a Hummer - moreso now in light of movie Ratchet). Unless the line reverts to a 1980's Nostalgia (and they have the Classics series for that), no one uses cassette tapes and Walkmans any more. So we're either left with an almost all-Autobot line (save for Stunticons and Swindle) or some of these guys as Alts can be acceptable.
I agree with you about:
5) Ravage is not as poseable as I wished.
So here I am arguing with you about a Transformer instead of going to the gym before John Edwards comes on 60 Minutes (west coast time 7pm, CBS)
Oh well, the things we do...