I have loved TFs ever since the first G1 cartoon took to the airwaves and we saw the ark sit for 4 million years at the base of Mt St Helens. I had one or two figures at the time but was obsessed with the lore and longed for more figures, so much so that I labored with space legos to build transformable lego robots 26 years before Kre-O was released, albeit to a MUCH less pretty scale. A little before the release of TF live action movie, my iinterest piqued again and I began finding great transformers with sleek lines and better engineering and more articulation....it was great. The Alternators, A-E-C lines, movie lines, amd of course the classics/universal lines were all tempting me. I watched as many reviewers as possible to get a sense of the figures and eventually found individuals transforming figures almost peaceful and relaxing to watch. At first, I told myself only to get one of any character, then to get only certain lines, or to collect multiple figures for the same character. After seeing beast Wars, which at first I did not understand the fan backing but now get it, and think the show was fantastic, I spread to that line and animated. Then the second live action movie was released. While I loved the leader OP from ROTF, my interest in the movie line waned but still sought fogures from the lines and now exploding third party figures that were filling the much needed gaps that fans demanded (from City Commander Armor to Battle Rollar). But even before the third action movie was released, I seemed to have exhausted not only my wallet, but my interest in continuously seeking figures. i was running out of storing/display space,a nd especially as I keep the original packaging, the space was real limiting. I had purchased all that I had wanted from about 9 different lines and although there were the few figures here or there I pretty much stopped purchasing TF figures altogether. I stopped hitting the forums for updates and news...no longer watched youtube TF reviewers and began making plans to sell my collection. Currently, I am at a place where I'll be selling off whole lines and keeping only the figures I really want, the more expensive and/or classic figures. But the third party companies still get me! Most recently Hercules. Being so expensive I really agonized over even starting this again. Now I find myself in a good place which seems right and balanced. I am still selling figures to get to a more manageable level of figures, but also keeping loose tabs on some of the figures to be released. Enjoying TFs Prime show for what it is and although I think the figures are great, it's something I can pass on easily, whereas a few years back, I'd be hunting around everywhere, spending more on gas and time online to find a 10 toy than the plastic value warrants. So I am curious about the community and where you stand as a collector. i'd love to hear your evolution as a collector or at least how you view yourself in terms of colecting and interest in TF as a whole.