I know you're probably reading this thinking that it has to do with recent news and rumors surrounding the tail-end Generations and Reveal The Shield toys, but I actually created this topic because today's news post reminded me of something that I keep feeling every time I walk down the toy aisle these days. Does anyone else feel like the Transformers toy line has become too big for itself? Do you ever feel that by having so many lines around at once, even if some are no longer running (but still on store shelves), that some lines are drowning out others? That we have become over-saturated with too many transforming toy robots? Now let me just say this, I just buy what appeals to me. I don't really commit to lines unless I just happen (by chance) to have almost every figure from it (Fuzors, Transmetal 2, Beast Wars Mutants, War for Cybertron, Legends of Cybertron, Premium class 2007 movie figures, 2006 Classics). Sometimes I'll only buy a certain size/price-range of figures and bother with nothing else from a toy line (Bionicle $10 canister sets). Recently, I decided to collect all the $7 carded Pursuit of Cobra G.I.Joe figures (I'm doing good with that, but still need a couple to catch up). And sometimes, if the line is small enough and it only lasts for a year or two, I'll collect them all (Wild Planet's Skeleflex toy line). That's just how I roll. Back to the discussion... I remember back during the days of Beast Wars and somehow, someway through birthdays, Christmas, and trips to a store that carried toys (with money from getting good grades in hand), I managed to just about collect most of the line's toys. This continued through Beast Machines and RID. Sure, there would be some I'd miss (store exclusives to stores that did not yet exist in my area (TARGET)), some I'd just pass on (repaints or those Beast Machines Deployers, Mechatron, Che), and some I just could never find (tarantulas, waspinator, rattrap, cheetor, wolf fang, transmetal 2 Blackarachina), but for the most part, I'd be able to build up a nice range of figures. And even when lines branched off into other lines (Beast Wars Microverse) I'd still manage to easily collect that stuff as well. Nowadays, I walk down the toy aisle and see 2007 Movie figures, Titanium, Gen.1 Re-issues, Robot Replicas, Role-play weapons, masks, costumes, Revenge of the Fallen Figures, Universe, Generations, Star Wars Crossovers, Marvel Crossovers, Iron Man Crossovers, Power Core Combiners, Animated, Robot Heroes, Activators, RPMs, Speed Stars, Stealth Force, Hunt For The Decepticons, Reveal The Shield, Mighty Muggs... And now we have Dark of the Moon, Kre-O, and Transformers PRIME toys on the way. And then there's size classes. Now I can understand the point of this being so those with less money to spend can still have some plastic representation of Bumblebee, but remember when there was just 1 Bumblebee toy from a line and not fifty-million? You as a kid could say to Mom, "I want Transmetal Tarantulas for my birthday" and she knew exactly which one to get you because there was only one? Sometimes I just want to say: PICK A LINE AND STICK WITH IT. MAKE IT SO PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY "COLLECT THEM ALL!" Remember the days when the toy packages said "collect them all" and that if you decided to, you felt you had a good shot of doing so? I feel like all these different lines can't coexist at the same time and eventually one will destroy the other. Each one is fighting for shelf space and only one will emerge victorious, while the others will suffer. Some of my fellow TF collectors keep telling me that Transformers has become the new Star Wars, being milked for all it can until you have one line that sells and the rest is filler or impulse products when people cannot find what they truly want so they cave in and buy something just to fill the void. Others have told me they think the goal is to grab such a hold on the transforming toy market that nothing else will dare compete with it. Whatever the case, there sure are a lot of different Transformers toys out now. I don't really know where to go further with this post, I just wanted to jot my thoughts down and see how others feel about today's Transformers market.