sorry if anyone thought I knew the answer to why diecast is supposedly such an expense that they had to cut it out of transformers. i was wondering if someone could tell me? what got me thinking about it is that i saw a hotwheels car MOSC from 1982 with a pricetag of 97 cents on it. hotwheels have actually stayed the same or even gone DOWN in price in the last 25 years and they are pretty much completely diecast. so, why doesn't this pricing logic transfer to transformers? sure it might be a little more expensive than completely plastic, but it shouldn't make a reissue cost $30 to $50! besides that, they have come out with the titanium series and the figures which are comparable in size to G1 cars are almost completely metal and sell for $15. i think the whole cost issue is bunk.