I think one of the main reasons why it blew up was due to the fact that it was based on art drawn up by rather prominent adult artist, Bansan, for an officially licensed product.
Bansan infamously drew that infamous loli robot combiner concept art you see on /toy/ from time to time.
Windblade was and will always be a controversial character. Her geisha-themed weeb-ish design wasn't in the original fan poll, but that is what the fans got. (Most people had expected a female Autobot seeker-ish design.) The odd design ("hair" on a Transformer) threw a lot of people off in addition to reminding people of Drift.
Also, due to the current climate, a loud group dislike the idea of a female character being added to the line-up (in contrast to the well-received fembot Road Rage years back) but quickly changed their minds after seeing this 'sexy' model kit.
There is also the fact that social media tends to amplify stuff that isn't worth taking about into a full blown mess. What began as a single comment (and should have stayed a single comment) blew up. If there will be any changes to the kit, it would probably due to Hasbro being not exactly happy that Flame Toys chose Bansan of all artists.
As I previously stated in the previous thread, I dislike how the thing looks. I was never a fan of Bansan's work in the first place, so seeing a 'meh' 3D rendition of a sketch doesn't do it any favors for me. (Compare the concept art to the prototype.)
The facial expression is expressionless and reminds me of those shitty Gundam Build Fighters/Frame Arms kits that broke and we're creepy as fuck. Her distinctive sword is nowhere to be found as well. So much for action poses.
If they were going to do a sexy fembot, they would have been better off doing a Nightbird, Shatter, or Elita-1.>>114487921
Like how 'boomer' now means anyone over 30/shorthand for anyone who isn't a zoomer.