I tend not to like things that aren't true to the originals, but I really like this idea for some reason. Of course the Ark doesn't transform, it's a bloody spaceship, but...
Yeah, it doesn't match up with the original stories, but I like that they're doing something new and unexpected, rather than just rolling out another Metroplex or something. Much as I would have loved an orange Metroplex for Autobot City, this is much more interesting.
As to spaceships not having robot modes, I'd usually agree with you, but the idea's slowly gaining traction with me. After all, since Transformers are sentient machines, why wouldn't the machines they use and interact with themselves not also be sentient? Certainly IDW 1.0 started going down this route with the colony Titans, and now IDW 2.0 is running with it, with not only Titans but I'm fairly sure that most of the spaceships seen so far have a robotic alt mode. So it certainly fits in with current thinking...
Transformers who turn into spaceships have been around since the beginning. And I honestly think Metroplex and Trypticon would be better served with starship modes rather than both having two base modes.
Concerning the ark, I personally only accept the ark transforming into Omega Supreme, if it has to be an established character.
That's where it's all a bit blurry. Jackpot's bird? Yes. Skyfall's rhino? Yes. Mainframe's little robot buddy? Yes. Jazz's skateboard or Blaster's backpack? Why not?
But then, what about the vehicles?
And if the vehicles can be alive, then what about the vehicles that have a smaller vehicle that can detach?
I guess the answer is in the tagine 'the action is alive!'
So are the explosions alive too?
I found a couple statements on the wiki the other day. The way two seperate non-TFs view transformers, and what seperates them from other robotic life forms. Transformers are energy beings housed in, and piloting machines.
Looking at it like that changed everything for me, particularly when it comes to stuff like this. And when you approach this with that viewpoint, it parallels the difference between us, a mouse, IBM's Watson, and a car.
We of course are an intelligent, emotional, sentient life form. Watson mirrors us in a lot of ways. But we just inherently know it isn't sentient, nor alive. We can build a new one if it breaks. But that pet mouse, even though it's also (supposedly) not sentient or not intellegent, is one unique individual being in the universe, and when it's gone... It's gone forever. There will be more mice, but they won't be that mouse. That mouse is far more like us than Watson is.
Then you have a "car." It's very complicated, sometimes even somewhat intellegent (depending on HOW complicated). We can grow as emotionally attached to our cars as we do our pets. But the car is still just a tool. Even when it can talk (the Enterprise for example), it's still no less a tool than a hammer.
Seeing as lots of fairly obscure characters and concepts have had new versions in Generations over the last few years, I think they should do the Armoured Convoy scaled to seat Leader Optimus Prime in the cab. That should be about Titan-sized, yes?
The Autobot Ark is the largest of the three newly announced figures, coming it at an astonishing 19-inches tall and includes an Optimus Prime microfigure that fits inside. The Autobot Ark has a "G1-inspired Sky Spy accessory," and its chest piece is removable and converts into the "Autobot computer, TELETRAAN-1."
See these threads for the other figures revealed there: