I empathize, but Hasbro's just not in the 3rd Party killing business. They like to play it safe with affordable, kid friendly, mass produced and easily repurposed/redeco'd items. And I'm not saying that to criticize them. But I would also like to see them take a more premium approach with Generations sometimes.
As for what we're getting, I'm not overwhelmed, but I think they look ok. Superion seems to make the stronger Combiner, while the Stunticons seem to have nice looking individual components (except that pickup truck, meh). I'm not feeling Menasor's combined mode so much. The wide chest area is just too much of a departure from how he's supped to look (imho). Not loving the updated head sculpt either. The whole thing reminds me of a Power Core Combiner for some reason.
Yeah, oddly enough Motormaster looks decent but the Prime he's based on looks quite bad. Or maybe it's the other way around and Prime was based off Motormaster this time.
I'd like to say they are in the 3rd party biz in that they have the MP line ... you want 3rd party quality that is where you go & just look at the cost on those ... When /if they ever do combiners all anyone will be doing is complaining about how much they have to spend on them @loll@