Rather than go for more obvious general collection ideas like "the entire G1 cast" earlier this year I decided to focus my collecting primarily on one simple goal: To have modern representations of every single G1 toy that originally released in 1986. This was the year I was born, the year the original TF movie released and the year considered by many to be a pinnacle point in the early days of the Transformers franchise. So I want my collection to reflect a point in time that was significant to my existence and the franchise itself as I feel I almost owe this to Transformers given just how much influence they've had on my entire life whether it be my interests or hobbies, friends and so on, Transformers has always and will always be a part of defining me. Toy-wise 1986 was the year of combiners more than any other with several of the key and most iconic gestalts getting their first representations. Ironically enough the year I decided to get way back in to Transformers (late 2012) was when we first started to see several third parties revealing their intentions to recreate many of these iconic combiner characters. It was this realization that made me convinced I could in fact finally have the collection I now seek to complete. Surprisingly I am extremely close already and I've only been re-collecting for 10 months now. If not for third parties this goal would absolutely be impossible. So I set about "planning" for my collection and thankfully with the help of the internet it's been incredibly easy to know and keep track of exactly the figures I need. I took a screenshot of Seibertron's 1986 toy galleries page as my basis and edited it to include images of all the figures they currently don't have galleries of: How my "data sheet" is currently looking, Then upon learning of the status of each modern representation figure I would need would label them as such and I've been going through them as I've been able. The next two I will be purchasing are FansProjects Diesel (motormaster) and MMC's Tigris/Fortis (rampage and headstrong) which will allow me to have complete homages to four of the 5 combiners released that year: Predaking, Menasor, Superion, Bruticus and Defensor. My requirements for a figure are fairly loose. The only real must-haves of them being that they obviously are meant to be the character but even if they're loosely g1-esc I'm still happy with that so long as the figure itself is good (well made, looks nice and so on). Igears Bushwacker (Outback) is a good example of a figure I was tempted to get but given just how little he looks like the original toy (being an entirely different base color, white instead of brown) I've decided to avoid him. Likewise I think classics Galvatron and Octane are terrible representations of the characters so I'm deliberately avoiding them hoping better figures will exist sooner or later. My impatience may get the better of me when Takara does their re-release three pack that includes them though. Scale wise I have no specific preferences, couldn't care less about the whole classics VS mp VS blah blah blah it's all nonsensical nitpicking to me so I just buy whatever I think is cool and does a good job of being who they're suppose to be. The individual 86 Autobots I've got so far, including Blurr, Sandstorm, Springer, Kup, Hubcap, Ultramagnus, Eject, Hotrod, Rewind and Wreck-gar. I'm hoping Transformazing's armor set turns out great so I bought FoC magnus hoping it will, if not I'll simply replace him with something more g1 down the line. Here are TFC's aerialbots: And here they are as not-Superion: He's a bit ugly and not-so G1 right now but the Wings of Uranos upgrade set should rectify that nicely. Here are the stand alone 86 Decepticons I have atm: Including Runabout, Scourge, Cyclonus, Ratbat and Runamuck. Here are the Combaticons: A mix of the re-released Takara set based on the old energon molds upgraded to include FansProjects color matched g1-deco re-release Swindle and Blastoff. The official toys in this instance ironically being the least-g1 looking of the 5 so I very well may replace them with Warbotron if he turns out great. Here they are as Bruticus: Lastly here are FansProjects homage to the stunticons, easily my favorite combiner team from 86: Really looking forward to being able to make their Menasor in the coming months and getting the first of MMC's Predacons in the next few weeks. I still have a good amount of figures yet to get to complete my collection but the bulk of it I've certainly obtained already. Of all the 86-homage figures I own right now I'd say my favorites are the TFCC battle chargers and FansProjects Stunticons. As for the rest of my collection, I have absolutely no criteria for it other than "stuff I want cause it is awesome" haha, so here's a few random pics: Mastermind Creations not-Sixshot Hexatron, easily one of if not the best Transformers I own, he's big, incredibly well made, incredibly posable and just so freaking cool. If only official Masterpiece toys were as awesome as he is, I'd be way more interested in owning more. Maketoys 2nd iteration Battletanker meant to homage shattered glass Ultramagnus i believe, though I personally use the armor to simply make my rts prime more bad ass since I loved g2 laser prime. Here he is wielding two of the stupidly-too-heavy Dr-Wu NovaPrime matrix blades. This is Takaras version of PCC heavytread with MakeToys Marine Mobine limb attachments, sadly the product along with with their Megatronus/Fallen homage version Chaos Paladin ran in to production issues. Still looking forward to getting him. My modest Optimus sub-collection: The g1 prime you see their is an original if his horrible state weren't proof enough. He was the first TF I ever got back when I was like 4 or 5, so even if he were in perfect condition probably still wouldn't be worth as much as an original 84 mint version but I still value him quite a lot. Somehow he survived when every other toy I had as a kid did not. I also find I have a thing for black redecos in general, so here's a few of those: And to end this post, my absolute favorite combiner still, Maketoys Green Giant: Who I also got the entire reprolabels set for.