I wanna point out that the initial 5-year arc of Club comics that delved into the 13 and etc came from Forrest Lee, who was from Hasbro, not a fan brought in by FP. Which muddies those waters a shade.
Roulette is in the IDW comics and not dead! And a female Shadow Striker did pop up in the Revenge of the Fallen toyline.
Rapido's Spanish heritage returned in United EX.
M "It's The Little Things That Matter More, I Think" Sipher
This would be incorrect. I approached Simon Furman about using one of the 13, and he said ok. I took my idea to Forest Lee, the center robot being one of the 13 with 4 drone like parts. He reworked the idea in to the combined mode being Nexus Prime and being split in to 5 components. Forest and I talked about that on one of the Club Magazine panels at BotCon.