It's funny when you think about it, and also scary. Hasbro has successfully created a demand for their top brands fueled by our paranoia. I remember a time, not too long ago, when items were available. I didn't have to hunt store after store and still find nothing worthwhile. The figures were available, I could wait on most items, for a sale or coupon, and pick up things at my leisure, whether it be online or in person. I remember when good toys actually went on clearance. Fast forward to now, preorders for items at inflated prices selling out almost instantly, current items not instock at retail, not even on Hasbro Toy Shop. Collectors buying things out of boredom or simply because its new. I don't remember this happening so drastically a year or two ago. The thrill of the hunt was always part of collecting, but for me it used to be that I wanted a particular item quickly, or first, or because it was a favorite character. But now it seems the hunt is more out of fear of missing out, and its sucking a good deal of enjoyment out of this hobby for me, not to mention money. I am not trying to whine here, as I am caught up on all the lines I am interested in at the moment, but was wondering how everyone else feels. I guess this is the new normal.