My 3 year old son G, was slow to talk. When he did begin really talking, it was in full sentences, though very hard to decipher. He substitutes a lot of his consonants with easier ones. He's getting clearer now, and we're getting better at understanding him.
Lately, though, he has a new fascination. He's not Thomas the Tank Engine. He's not Lightning McQueen. Most of the time he's Bumblebee, the Transformer with the broken voice box. He races around the room as Bumblebee, saves the day as Bumblebee, occasionally he imitates Bumblebee's electronic voice.
I can't help but wonder if he connects with Bumblebee simply because he's cute and yellow ... or if he connects with Bumblebee because he recognizes his own frustration with not always being understood. He's not saying why he likes Bumblebee, so I can merely suppose. But right now, today, he's declaring, "I is Bumblegee!"
I love my G, whether he's being Bumblegee, WhooWhoo (Thomas the Tank Engine), or ArrArr (Lightning McQueen ... though he is trying to say Lightning these days).
Maybe when he's better able to articulate his sounds, he'll want to be Optimus Prime instead.