The problem with making SG work on a maintream level is that it takes the most basic concepts of the brand that have helped it succeed for 30 years and turns them on their head. Heroic Autobots and Evil Decepticons sell. Inverting that for a large scale franchise is a radical idea that could potentially lead to commercial disaster for the toy sales and marketability.Wing Saber wrote:Wait, I could see this SHattered Glass idea working... but instead, it's the normal Autobots (and maybe a few surviving Decepticons such as Shockwave and Starscream, who lead a small group still loyal to the Decepticons) who somehow find themselves transported to a Shattered Glass-like Universe.
It's like saying, "Hey kids, you know that noble Optimus Prime guy you love so much? Well guess what! Now he's EVIL and out to KILL EVERYTHING!!! Muwahahaha!!!" 'Tis an idea that some fanboys might go for, but parents and young children likely wouldn't, and they're the ones the mainstream lines need to grab the attention of in order to sell toys.
And, having good 'Bots and evil 'Cons alongside the good 'Cons and evil 'Bots could easily lead to some major confusion, since Hasbro struggles enough with marketing more than one faction these days (notice the distinct lack of Decepticons compared to Predacons in the Beast Hunters lines). Doesn't help that BotCon 2012's "Invasion" set and series did just that and it wasn't received that well at all, even among the SG fans.