With the 6" Titaniums making their way to stores now, it seems the old argument over die-cast versus plastic has reared its head again. I figured we could use a thread to discuss it. The die-cast debate was for several years, just about the past, as until 2004, we hadn't seen die-cast since the first waves of G2. Then, in 2004, a new generation of transfans, most of which had very little exposure to die-cast TFs, suddenly had a chance to see just what it was. In one year, actually pretty much on one month's time, Masterpiece Convoy and Binaltech Smokescreen were released. Both of these toys were pretty heavy with the die-cast, and fans were pretty much polarized instantly. In the case of MP Convoy, there was little the fans could do if they didn't like metal in their toys, as the Hasbro version contained the same ammount. Fans seemed to accept their fate with this one. This was not the case with the Binaltech, as the same toy could be had without die-cast in the Alternators line. For the first time, fans could have their choice, and and experience the difference for themselves. Suddenly, the die-cast debate was relevent and started to make waves. There was one comfort though, people had a choice, Binaltech or Alternators. People chose their sides on the die-cast debate, and defended them, but both were happy. Now it's 2006, and suddenly the choice has been removed. First we had THS-02 Convoy, a much anticipated mold only available with a high die-cast content. Second, the Binaltech line became Kiss Play, and axed the die-cast. Finally, Hasbro released the 6" Titanium Series, toys that were 75% die-cast, and not available any other way. Fans are again polarized, now their only choice is to buy or to pass, many making this decision purely on die-cast content. This brings me to my question, which camp are you in? Die-cast or plastic, and why? My Answer: I love die-cast. I grew up with it. I was a G1 fan since the very beginning, and I liked that my robot toys were metal, like they were in the cartoon. Sure they weren't all metal, but they had some, and it made them feel substantial to me. I was very disappointed when Powermaster Prime turned out to be all plastic, he just didn't feel right (and I was ultimately thrilled to discover and eventually own, Takara's die cast Ginrai version of the mold). As die-cast faded after 86, I did notice. My parent's did too, I remember them saying that the toys felt cheaper then they used to. In general though, the removing of die-cast from G1 was also accompanied by cheaper engineering and an overall drop in complexity and detail, so the loss was really a double-whammy. No wonder all the "Master" gimmicks started to arrive. Near the end of G2, the complexity started to return to the all-plastic line, and suddenly the die-cast could be judged on it's own merits. I remember buying Laser Optimus, and thinking to myself. "This is nice, but its just too light...." Beast Wars arrived, and die-cast seemed less relevent. Why would beasts be metal? The Transmetals could have used some die-cast I suppose, but the organics really made me not care. I don't think it would fit in that line. Beast Machines brought vehicles back to TF, and I started missing the metal again, especially in the Mega size and up. When I got Mega Tankorr, I couldn't help but wonder how great he would feel with the added weight and look of die-cast, a sentiment that was made louder by the release of Ultra Jetstorm. When RID started, I started to miss die-cast everywhere. Prime, Magnus, the Car Bros, the Trains, they all could use it. When MP Convoy and the first few BTs came out, I jumped at the chance to get them. I loved having the die-cast back! Unfortunately, due to budget reasons, I stopped with the BTs at Lambor, switching to the Alts because I had to. I also haven't yet purchased THS-02 Convoy, though I am hoping I can someday. With the release of the 6" Titaniums, I am in heaven. They are cheap, well-sculpted, and have more Die-cast than I could ask for. Sure they have their flaws, with the wobbly joints, and the paint issues, but Prime is a pretty damned good toy in my opinion, and I think most of the issues will be solved as the line progresses. Besides, like I said in another post, nothing can ever be as bad as most of the Star Wars TFs. So that is my opinion on the die-cast debate. Who else wants to share?