I really think Hasbro was trying with the Action Master elites. I mean really trying. I've talked about this before, but I feel I need to reiterate. If it weren't for the failures of Action Masters, there is no telling what we would have today, if anything. Sometimes failure is a much stronger motivator than success. I really believe the four Elites were the precursors to the ball-jointed figures that would follow soon after in the late G2 era and Beast Wars. Even if Spreem doesn't really transform (he more or less just bends over) he is a very interesting first step that would continue with the Laser Rods and eventually morph into the highly pose-able figures that what we have today.
|I use the term Alt mode loosely here|
So all you Action Master haters out there (*coughBotchcough*) should thank Mr. Spreem and his colleages here for paving the way for all the action you currently enjoy in your modern Transformers.