But they can't do that, it's not movie accurate! Like the studio series is supposed to be with all the triple changing Drift and Shatter and Dropkick... Oh
Still, can you imagine a Springer that's super screen accurate but only turns into a car or helicopter?
I will still to this day never not be at a loss for why in the AoE line, they didn't use Generations Springer for voyager Drift, which looked fairly like him, had a sword, and was a car/helicopter triplechanger, instead of dotm helicopter guy which didn't even vaguely look like him.
It's not Transformers if you don't feel suckered into having just completed your see- attack jet collection only to have them release one (or more) of the characters yet again but with slight improvements!
When Starscream has his coronation, he isn't just wearing a crown, cape and shoulder pads - his entire body seems to have been overhauled. It's sleeker, bigger and just more angled looking. So a 'screen accurate' toy for that scene needs to be just that. Wether it was just artistic licence or not.
$10 Classics managed without a fake chest and was just fine. $18 TR managed just the same. Even the $5 legion did it. The $20 Siege Sideswipe managed it (different character but same principle). The $50 leader didn't, but it was also trying to do something no other Hotrod toy had (and it wasn't fake in the combined form)
Curious about scale myself. But more because movie studio series prioritised scale within itself, with deluxes being sound to each other, but small compared to the other lines (deluxe Jazz is about the same height as a cyberverse one-step, for example). Which line will they scale them to?
I think that's a bit of an iffy example. They're trying to scale with each other to be movie accurate, and Jazz is supposed to be the smallest dude in the first movie. I mean you could say exactly the same about ER Cliffjumper. Ratchet and a fair few others are about the same as normal Generations deluxes.
But either way yeah, Voyager Hotrod would be massively enormous to anything but MPs or Alternators.