Honestly I think profile books create more continuity conflicts than they manage to effectively definition to characters who don't have any. And while I love character, I think it's more important to get more stories where character impacts and defines plot.
Agreed. For me, part the TF multiverse's appeal is all of the dark corners that are left to the fans to explore. I wouldn't want, for instance, a Machine Wars
profile book because the franchise currently has exactly the right amount of bare-minimum context to be fertile ground for my own imagination.
Moreover, when it comes to giving unsung characters some official love, profile books strike me as a lazy way out. Not to say that bio-writers are themselves lazy, but that I don't find the end product satisfying enough as a form of storytelling to justify the loss I feel when a tantalizingly formless character is solidified.
(Of course, there are always exceptions - for instance, I like Orcanoch's IDW profile, and he had previously had NO personality or story appearances whatsoever, which is a little too
blank a slate for me. But as a general rule, I feel more negatively than positively towards profile-book projects.)
Every time TakaraTomy puts out another guidebook that just covers the toys they released that same year, it strikes me as more of a wasted opportunity.
Too true. I've been pretty disappointed with the recent so-called "Generations" books. If we're talking about what we'd like to see happen in terms of retrospective/documentary-type projects, I would love
to see the original Generations
get true sequels. In English, ideally.