If I may be a bit of a curmudgeon for a moment, I’ve got some complaining to do about “toys today”.  Specifically, the new line of Transformer toys that for all intents and purposes, do all the transforming themselves!  That’s right, no more figuring out how to transform your favorite Autobot or Decepticon.  No, now you push a button and it all happens for you.  Yay!

Now there could be a couple of reasons for this.  So let’s go over them.  It could be a cost thing.  Perhaps the old-style transformers I cherished so dearly just cost too much nowadays.  They did have a lot of parts in their construction.  I suppose the transforming mechanism in each toy is still fairly complex today, but it’s probably all perfectly molded parts and springs and stuff.   If it’s a cost thing, I’m sure they could still make Transformers that you could do manually.  So why not?

The only other reason for simplifying the transforming process is that toy manufacturers believe that kids don’t want to take the time to transform the toy themselves, or worse, that they can’t?  That is just a terribly bleak outlook, so I’d like to put that aside as not likely, but it probably does have something to do with it.  So are kids just too lazy to manually transform their own toys?  Not a chance.  I don’t believe it for a second.  Give kids something complex and they’ll figure it out.  I remember all the Transformers I got when I was a kid, and I’d have them figured out in seconds while my parents held grotesquely misshapen attempts in their feeble hands…

So Why?  Why deprive kids today the pure joy of transforming their own Transformer all on their own?  Why dammit, why!?

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