The original G1 Superion was made up of the five Aerialbots1:
However, in the latest release from Hasbro, Combiner Wars2 Superion includes the Decepticon Dragstrip3 (in this image, the right arm):
My question is: why did Hasbro originally include a Decepticon as part of the makeup? I cannot remember them previously mixing up a combiner with robots from different allegiances.
Was it a mistake4? Or some clever way to sell more toys?
The main Hasbro site shows both Superion made up entirely of Aerialbots and Menasor made up entirely of Stunticons:
Kotaku is the only site I've found offering some kind of (unsourced) explanation:
And finally add in the Decepticon Dragstrip, who's technically part of the Stunticon Combiner Menasor, but winds up puling [sic] cameo duty since Hasbro decided to release one wave with four Autobots and then reverse it later in the year.
This is an incomplete explanation - why would Hasbro only release four Autobots (Aerialbots) and one Decepticon?
Ideally I'm looking for a quote from Hasbro explaining this.
1 And therefore they are all Autobots.
2 Note, there are multiple Superion versions, some from Hasbro and some from other vendors. This is specifically about the latest (at time of writing) toy: Hasbro's Combiner Wars Superion.
3 Dragstrip is a Stunticon who makes up part of Menasor. He is therefore a Decepticon.
4 It could easily be a mistake. Eg another mistake is that the Hasbro site currently states: "allows six different bots to combine" whereas actually it is five.