I had a few G1 TF figures when I was a kid in the 80s, far fewer than my neighbors or friends in school. When the first live-action movie came out in 2007, figures like the first leader class Optimus (later outdone by the ROTF version) were very impressive engineering-wise, which kickstrarted my adult TF collection. That's when I found TFW2005 as well, and picked up a few of the early hard-to-find movie figs from forum members. As I monitored news and new lines like RTS, Generations, and Prime over the next five years, I found myself gravitating back toward the classic/G1 style. I think Maketoys Giant and TFC Hercules (I ended up getting the former) pushed me in this direction permanently, and now I have a new focus for my collecting habits. With that little missive aside, I think that, as fans/collectors of Transformers, this year has been the best one in a long while. Third-party offerings increased in number and quality, and there have been three MP figures released so far this year, with three more upcoming. Here's a list of things either released or slated for release that I can think of off my head: TFC Hercules TFC Uranus FansProject Menasor (first figs) Maketoys Giant Maketoys Battle Tanker IGear Van Brothers MP-10 (Takara and Hasbro) MP-11 MP-11S (Sunstorm) MP-11 Thundercracker MP-12 (Red Alert & Sideswipe) Toyworld Hegemon Toyworld Throttlebots Toyworld Prime (2012 release?) This is only the main G1/comic bots, not mentioning the great Prime figures (which I like, but decided not to get, focus, focus, focus) We've also had a number of exciting things announced as well, like Maketoys Computron and other third-party gestalts, upcoming MPs, etc. Can we make the argument that this year has been the best year for collecting ever (or perhaps the worst, if you wanted all of these but couldn't get them all )?