I don't know why some people are so autistic about elbows being formed by the legs. If it helps the robots get solid connectors that can also allow them to scramble and don't need to be disemboweled just to give clean elbows I couldn't care less about MUH elbows.
I also like reminders of it being a combiner so I might biased.>>6425795
idunno man, HasTak has to accomodate to a lot of things and have to make sure they sell to retailers.
Collectors are a finicky bunch, hence why everyone is still unsatisfied with CW/UW, and I wouldn't rely on them buying every set online because they might not like something about any of the figures and pass on them until Takara makes the same fucking thing but with two paint apps more or because they want the show deco and not the toy deco and vice versa.
The figures had to be designed and made molds of, both of which costs a lot of money as cheap as you think they are, so they had to make the most mileage out of them; for G1 teams the pickup mold was only needed for First Aid, and arguably Swindle but they had to fuck up that too, and yet they made four figures out of it.
Fanservice and putting out FIVE jets out of three original molds for the first wave of a line sounds risky. Didn't stop them from making wave four only car autobots, though.
I'm not defending them, just saying that it's not likely that they are going to pander to collectors anytime soon.