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  • Base Breaker: Drift who was viewed as an overhyped, somewhat generic Creator's Pet by many.
  • Broken Base: The series itself, which moved away from Simon Furman's ongoing cosmic storyline in the hope that a change in story direction would help stop the trend of continually falling sales. Sales leveled out and stabilized, so from that perspective the series accomplished its goals. However, it quickly became extremely controversial, with some fans very unhappy about dropped plot elements from Simon Furman's run on the book as well as the reversion to older designs for some characters.
    • The current editor of Transformers, Andy Schmidt, said that the decline in sales over the course of the 'ations wasn't as great as previous editors had hinted at and used to justify the switch, so all the switch to AHM managed to achieve was replacing readers they lost because of the switch to AHM, making their previous readers unhappy in the process.
  • Creator's Pet: Drift.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight / Funny Aneurysm Moment (Your Mileage May Vary):
    • When Drift was hyped and during his debut, he was the butt of many Poochie jokes, including the classic "Whenever Drift isn't on panel, the other characters must ask 'Where's Drift?'". In issue 7, that exact scenario happens. It happens again the next issue, too. Depending on your mood, stance, point of view or whatever... it was either hilarious or infuriating.
    • At one point, Ironhide voices the belief that Brainstorm will have a short life. Of the two, guess which one survives the continuity and who succumbs to Retirony.
  • Hype Backlash: Much of the anti-Drift sentiment was in response to the "He's awesome and you're gonna love him" shilling.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Ironhide punches everyone.
    • All Hail Megatron.
  • Older Than They Think: Though the series took a lot of flak for the sudden reintroduction of 1980s alternate modes, the characters kept those alternate modes in Season 3 of the cartoon, then set in the far off future year of 2005. As many a fan will tell you, the robots in disguise do not pick innocuous alternate modes.
  • Vindicated by History: The series took a lot of flak for the reimaginings of the classic G1 characters. When the following ongoing amped up the Adaptational Villainy, this series' portrayal of them wasn't viewed as so bad.
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