I have found, opened, and enjoyed all of the Transformers Classics figures thus far. (Well, not entirely true, as the 2-pack Prime vs Megatron hasn't showed up around here yet.)
I can say, unequivocably and without hesitation, THESE THINGS ROCK! You've done a great job of capturing the essence of some of these classic characters in updated forms that look great on a collector's shelf, and yet have amazing play value for the youngsters. This is a major step up from Cyberton/RID/Lame TF Line Du Jour (nice looking figures, lousy cartoons, and, well, folks like me really don't care a bit about them), and from the Alternators (beautiful statues, but tough as the dickens for even adults to transform).
There's only one problem: these are whetting my appetite for more. Many more. And Hasbro reps have hinted this line is a sort of "one-off" thing.
PLEASE RECONSIDER IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO DISCONTINUE THIS LINE ANY TIME IN OUR NATURAL LIFETIMES!
There are far too many classic characters who need to be made:
1) The balance of power is currently way off-kilter. We need more Decepticons. Lots more. How can this evil army be a credible threat if it's half the size of the forces of good? For starters, no one will complain if you repaint Starscream in blue and call him Thundercracker. I understand Skywarp's already taken care of, as an upcoming exclusive. Retooling of Ramjet and Starscream could also give us geeky fanboys Dirge and Thrust with minimal tooling cost for you. Think about it. Other than Clonetroopers, you'll never see collectors asking you to paint an existing character in a new color and sell it to us all over again.
2) Grimlock is still listed as "Dinobot Commander." It must be pretty lonely being an army of one. And, paleontology has come a long way since the original Diaclone sculpts were designed (and they weren't exactly up-to-date then). So, since we have a more accurate T-Rex for Grimlock, updated sculpts for Slag, Sludge, Swoop, and Snarl seem logical. (And forget the
latter-day sales gimmickMini-Con you're calling "Snarl.")
3) Soundwave. I don't even really need to say more, do I? CD player, iPod, car, helicopter, hell, even a garbage disposal. I don't care. As long as he has at least three minions, I'm fine with whatever his alt form is. (I shouldn't have to name the three most logical subordinates, but, just in case, Ravage, Rumble, and Laserbeak. And, once again, if you want to reissue Rumble and Laserbeak in different colors and call them Frenzy and Buzzsaw, no one will complain.)
4) There are a lot of Autobot cars who beg to be produced. First and foremost, Jazz (or Meister, or whatever you want to call him). Because the Autobots currently have no one to call Grimlock an "ugly sucka." The brothers Sideswipe and Sunstreaker aren't far behind, and Ironhide desperately needs to guard Prime. Ratchet, Smokescreen, Bluestreak, Prowl, Skids, Inferno, Red Alert, Hoist, Trailbreaker, Brawn, Huffer, Windcharger.... I could almost go on all day. But I won't. Let's just put the "Auto" back in "Autobot," hmm?
5) Blitzwing. Why make just one Triple Changer? Throw in Octane, too, if you don't mind.
6) Insecticons. The thought of what modern technology can do with Kickback, Shrapnel, or Bombshell makes me drool drooldrooldrool. (Sorry, cheesy G1 cartoon reference there theretherethere.)
7) Scorponok and Omega Supreme. You prove with every new kiddie line that you still own the rights to these names. Howsabout using them on updated versions of the original characters?
8) Shockwave. The original was amazing by the standards of the day. But so was the original Jetfire. And Megatron never has too many traitorous lieutenants.
9) How about some more movie characters? We already got Hot Rod
imus, and Ultra Magnus is on the way, I hear. Kup, Scourge, and Cyclonus could be awesome figures if done better than the lame statues from 1986. I wouldn't mind having the first proper Arcee figure, either.
10) Gestalts. The upcoming Devastator looks rather cool, but take out Mixmaster and Hook, and throw in some guy named "Hightower," and you're not fooling anyone. Combaticons, Stunticons, or Aerialbots would be keen. (For some reason, no one ever seems to be so crazy about the Protectobots.) Shoot, if you just want to make Silverbolt, I doubt anyone would mind missing the other four (largely generic and interchangeable) Aerialbots. Just don't skimp on the Combaticons if you decide to produce them.
Please take these suggestions into consideration. You've got a lot of adult collectors actually excited about Transformers again, even moreso than with the Alternators (prior to re-releasing them all in every color of the rainbow and giving them as many old school names as possible). Don't let this fizzle out. Because, face it, the movie looks like it's going to suck hard. I wouldn't bank on that surefire fiasco to keep us interested.