So I'm finally sitting down (after a few false starts) and watching Masterforce from beginning to end. I've never seen this show, but have heard it's quite good. So far, I am thoroughly enjoying it as a different and very interesting take on the Human/Transformer relationship.
However, throughout the first few episodes, I've had trouble keeping everyone straight. Specifically the 4 main Pretenders. At first I thought it was because "I'm almost 40, and learning brand new characters from a 30 year kid show just is more difficult when not viewed through kids' eyes." But then I realized that these characters have twice as much info than "normal" Transformers have about them. I am talking about visual information. I find it so easy to recall every TF that was on the Ark, and that's partly because I've had that info in my head for over 30 years. All of those guys basically have a robot mode and a vehicle mode to recall.
The 4 main dudes in Masterforce (Hawk, Diver, Lander, and Phoenix) all have 4 sets of "appearances" to remember. For example, Hawk is the guy in the brown suit, the red white and yellow Pretender shell, and gold blue and red robot, and similarly colored jet. And he's the easiest, because he's the most leader-ish of the group. I am able to easily remember Diver's robot mode (the all black guy), but keeping his human model straight without confusing him with Lander is more difficult. Lander is the brightest blonde of the bunch and wears glasses, and Diver appears to have dirty blonde hair. And Phoenix is Wolverineish.
Pretender var modes are also tough, considering they mostly just fold their legs over their shoulders to reveal cockpit crotches in varying colors. And some fly and some don't. Sure, their actual character names help with who is who and who can fly, but if you asked me to quickly pick out who is Lander and who is Phoenix in var mode, I'd have to think for a minute. Not to mention their names are so mundane, adding another layer of difficulty.
Remembering who is who on the Destron side in robot mode is even rougher. The robot character models just aren't distinct enough to have their name instantly pop into my head. The Cybertron HM Jrs. are easy enough, but I often look at Shuta and Cab in their "head-robot'modes" and have to think. The Destron HM Jrs.' human models are easy, but just remembering the name Wilder is tough for me.
Then Hydra and Buster are introduced, with Hydra looking similar to Lander, making my head spin! Not to mention that I thought both Cab and Buster were girls at first.
How about you guys? Anyone every have as much trouble as I do, or think about it in such terms?