Huh...I coulda sworn I commented and submitted this, but anyway...
Alternate models were the best back when! I do really miss them, when I was younger I used to build alot of them. It was a test of my building skills to make a creation from just a picture. In fact there were a couple of sets I bought FOR the alternates!
I feel they encourage buyers to keep building and come back to the block again and again! I actually know a few folks who think you only make what the instructions are for!
I couldn't believe it! Alternates would help to do away with that kinda thinking and get people to build more and eventually buy more too.
So, I guess what I'm saying is that I would like to see alternates again. If TLG doesn't want to put them on the backs of the boxes, then at least in the instruction booklets!