The various IDW series then together revealed that more than one gender was present on ancient Cybertron, explaining its continued presence in the colonies and strongly implying that modern Cybertron is the exception rather than the standard. Issue #34 of The Transformers: Robots in Disguise made the first mention of a G1 version of Thirteen member Solus Prime , the first female Cybertronian in the Aligned continuity family. In issue #37 while speaking with Arcee, the ancient Cybertronian and recent Decepticon convert Galvatron stated, "we lost much from the ancient days", implying that Jhiaxus's experiments were meant to restore a lost element of Cybertronian society, rather than to create a new element. Later stories implied that Arcee had, in fact, consented to Jhiaxus's experiments to some capacity, claiming that her old identity had always been a "lie." The first issue of Windblade Volume 2, part of the " Combiner Wars " crossover, then revealed that IDW Solus Prime departed Cybertron with Caminus to his namesake colony.
While the ability to at least exchange thoughts can explain the interest some Transformers have for beings not belonging to their own kind, that pretty much doesn't go for the interest some of them have for non-living objects. Unless the fact they often treat them as if alive has something to do with it. This is possibly not as odd as it seems: Transformers are, after all, part object themselves , some even having been upgraded from a mere piece of machinery. In that sense, it is perhaps harder to understand why it doesn't happen more often. Fancy that sleek piece of car? Oh, so it's one of those not talking back? Nothing that can't be helped! Or alternatively, it comes very close to the real thing and one can be certain not to be rejected by it.