I think we all have gotten the 'killer' hauls before. Unicron, Primus, 20th Optimus Prime... we all knew by the time we went out and bought these guys that they were going to rock. There was really no question. But have you ever bought a figure that you WEREN'T sure about... and ended up liking WAY more than you thought you would? I've had several in the last few months: Cybertron Unicron: I always figured this release was an afterthought. Something that wasn't showing up in the show, and would end up being slapdash, like the Energon Dinobots. I am pleased to say I was wrong on all counts on this one. Unicron is impressively poseable, and stable enough to hold most poses despite his upper body bulk. He manages to be reminiscent of his Armada incarnation while being a completely new figure in his own right. There's also more than a little Bludgeon in him, and I wouldn't mind a repaint of him as that character. Although small (Primus can, and in the toy commerical does step on him) he is a worthwhile toy. After seeing him, two friends that were not going to get him immediately went out and found ones for themselves. Cybertron Munky Optimus: I'm not a Beast Wars figures fan. I loved the show, but on the Trukk/Munky debate, I am firmly on the side of Trukk. I don't mind beastformers as a suppliment to a line... Dinobots are always cool, as were the Terrorcons. They make a nice changeup to a line of vehicle Transformers, especially if the alternate forms are built for combat. But I could never see Optimus as a Munky. So, I wasn't expecting to pick up Munky Prime. But when I saw him in the store, I thought I'd grab him, in case one of my friends wanted him. They didn't, so he was mine. So I opened him... This figure was VASTLY better than I expected (Admittedly, my expectations were low). The robot mode is beautifully proportioned, extremely poseable and works VERY well with his surfboard accessory. He looks very much like a leaner, younger Optimus Primal. That and the cheekiness of bringing a surfboard into battle endears him to me. So, he's earned a place on my toyshelf. Just a word of advice though... don't put him on the surfboard in munky form... he looks like ass. Now, Classics was a line we all knew we would love, from the first leaked pics of Optimus and Starscream. For a toy line with no TV show or comic, these molds are incredible (Though I figure the original show is probably going to 'coincidentally' hit the airwaves again). Naturally, I grabbed the whole line as soon as I could. Still, from the pictures there was ONE figure I thought was too much of a compromise. Classics Megatron: I honestly didn't think I'd like this guy. Lime green, fluorescent orange and purple? Shades of Universe there. Plus those big wing-things off his back. It wasn't until I got him and transformed him, putting him in a pose with that lovely big fusion cannon on his arm raised that I realized that this was the first Megatron EVER that FELT like Megatron. The cartoon Megatron I mean. Even the original G1 Toy never captured the 'feel' of Cartoon G1 Megs before. All the subsiquent Megatrons were totally different characters. Even the gun mode, once in my hands, was a lot less goofy than I thought. It reminds me of the handguns from Phantasy Star Online. Granted, an aftermarket paint job can (And based on some pics from other members, HAS) do wonders for this figure. Hopefully Hasbro is nice, and with one of the figures releases a gun accessory based on his alt mode for the other figures to weild. Do you have any figures that you picked up, ones with ambivalent reviews, or just didn't seem all that great from pictures, that turned out to be total love once you got them in-hand? Share, share!