Just posting in a thread over in the toys forum got me to thinking about being around in this fandom for so long. And it's not a negative thought, just the feeling of the passage of time. I mean, I was around to see the birth of Transformers as Transformers. I saw the demise of G1 and the onset of G2. Got back into Transformers around the end of Beast Wars and have been following very closely ever since. I remember the Trukk not Munky debates on message boards. How a number of people accused Bob Skir and Marty Isenberg of raping their childhoods with Beast Machines much like people talk about Michael Bay and his movies today. RiD. Robots in Disguise. That was TEN YEARS AGO, people! A full decade. I remember it like it was yesterday, hitting every KayBee Toys in the area looking for Megabolt Megatron. Where has time gone? I remember eagerly anticipating Armada. Then it hit and I bought the toys only to think... WTF? Anybody up for watching Carnival right now? Almost feel like an old man having seen so much in the Transformers brand come and go. Like, we need some sort of "Transformers Veteran" badge on these boards for those of us who've been in it since the beginning! I've seen so much come and go, sometimes I can't even remember bits and pieces and have to be reminded from time to time. Yet, there's so much I haven't seen in person, too. I've never held a Raiden in my hands. Never seen a real Lucky Draw other than in pictures on the internet. When I'm driving, it's not uncommon to see bikers, be it on a Harley or on a Suzuki give each other a "thumbs up" as they pass on the road. I kind of feel that kind of kinship, even though we all have our different tastes, with my fellow fans and collectors that have been in it for the long haul. To all those out there who fit this breed of transfan, I encourage you to take a moment and look back at the history of this great brand we follow, and share your thoughts.