I don't claim to know all the ins and outs of the relationship between Hasbro/Takara and Fun Pub (any clarification would be appreciated) but I would say that it is fair to call them the only "official" source for collector oriented transformers figures, excluding the odd e-hobby and such. Generally we are beholden to them for our "Club" exclusives and BotCon sets, which judging by the reactions here on the boards has been mixed as to the choices of characters they produce (shattered glass... again?). There could well be political reasons as to what Hasbro will allow them to produce. but they do not communicate such to the fan base. My basic point here is that this company has a business potential that I imagine any third party company would kill for; Access to Official characters, Hasbro/Takara molds, presumably the Hasbro manufacturing facility's and a Dedicated client base ( pretty much anyone on these boards ). Essentially they have a license to print money, and handled properly could take alot of tension off of HasTak in the collectors market. MANY members of the TF community have had serious issues with the current management of FunPub ranging from CC issues , lost/undelivered figures, astronomical international cost of membership/shipping,renewal issues, quality control, lack of correspondence from FunPub staff, The current Money order fiasco and so on. No business is easy to run but also no business should survive simply because the consumers have no where else to go. It would be interesting to hear the community ideas for a revamped "Collectors Club", and how they would like it to operate, At best Hasbro would see this (and the opportunity to increase profits in the collectors segment) and move on it, at worst FunPub sees this (we know they are on the boards) and realizes that we have legitimate issues with their business model and are actively seeking ways to replace them. discuss.