[I needed to edit this, to get the thoughts across.] I was actually thinking about this this morning. It is disappointing that Hasbro does not have a "collectors" division at their offices. There is two ways to make money in a tough economy. The first way is what Hasbro is currently doing. Stick to one product, reduce over head and sell in bulk. The second way is to go niche. I would love to see Has/Tak go niche and have a small "collectors" division responsible for collectors figures only. These figures will give the fans what they want. Here is what I am thinking. The current Has/Tak model is this: - No large figures are made any longer. The market cannot bare it according to them. > Combiners > Large figures like Fortress, Omega Supreme, etc. - Figures cannot be created that kids don't play with, (Insects, 80's Tape Decks, Microscopes, Tape Cassettes, etc) - Moms don't pay high prices for toys - Distribution is the problem with shelf space, price demands from retailers, etc. The pruposes Has/Tak "Collectors" group model: - Have a collectors group you join - No retailer distribution, just direct orders from Hasbro - Figures are made in limited releases for the people in the collectors group > Additional figures can be also made for sale - Prices of the figures are in line with they should be to have a niche market. So more expensive then the norm. - Collectors toys that are made include: > Transformers that transform into their correct alt mode and represent their proper robot mode > Large figures like Omega Supreme, etc. > Combiners > Master Piece Combiners > Top notch paint jobs with panel lining, etc. I mean at this point the 3rd party companies are filling this niche for us. However, until very recently they have been afraid to push the envelope. Our Warbot, Insecticons, Ultra Magnus and so on give a resemblence of G1, but don't go all the way, as to not get in trouble. Hasbro can go all the way. Also, I don't think we will ever see a MP combiner from a 3rd Party company. However, a Has/Tak designer did mention at the MP10 meeting that he would love to work on a MP Menasor after working on the MP10. This would give them that ability. What do you guys think.