But the "bleeding" seems to be more of a natural attrition, tbh... they're on the 5th or 6th movie, it's only normal it's losing some of its appeal.
And, no I'm not being snarky or taking a shit on your childhoods, I mean, I did have some OG toys and I loved them (I had at least OG Optimus, bumblebee, the decepticon Jet and the green & blue consturction set that made a big robot, at least), but tbh honest, oustide of the cool toys I was never very much into the story, be it cartoons or comicbooks, even less so that MotU or Thundercats... but it's the same deal, those toy-spawned franchises aren't quite the same as comicbook-spawned franchises.
And yeah sure, every movie "deserves better" when you think about it in those terms, however, the Transformers have done very well, even thoguh you might not lke them. I could sit here and shit on every single kid-oriented animated movie (or otherwise) but that'd be silly because I'm obviously not the target.
Hell, I'm not necessarily happy with what they've done to the GotG in the movies, when compared to the books, but I'm happy that they're getting some attention none-the-less... But I could also argue they deserve better and you'd look at me as if I was crazy