I originally wrote this as a reply to the thread about wether or not you collect classics, but realised it was going off topic since I described how I collect, what I collect and why. Since it is a transformers forum though I thought we could keep to transformers in this thread, so here's my reasoning behind my collection: I want a transformers toy collection that is as g1 cartoon accurate as possible, preferebly to scale with how they were usually depicted in robot mode, with a few extras thrown in that I personally think fit the style of the g1 collection like Armada Tidalwave & Drift. Before I go on I feel that I should mention that I live in Sweden, where we don't even get the rts/generations stuff, it's just movieverse at all the toystores so that means that I only buy stuff online and the total price with shipping will be about the same for a generations toy from the US and a United toy from Japan, with an additional fee of about $40 if it was to get stuck in customs. So all in all a single deluxe toy could very well set me back $20 (toy) + $25-$35 (shipping) + $40 (customs) = $85-$95 With those kind of prices it also means I don't collect placeholders that will suffice until a real one comes out, especially since I can't really sell the placeholders since the market for classic style transformers is tiny in Sweden, and ebay is out of the question for single toys because of shipping & customs fees. On the plus side it does give me a whole different perspective on toys and their pricing. Where as people who can buy these figures in toystores think that fort max is insanely expensive when he goes for $800 I get to think of him as being worth the same as about 8 or 9 recent deluxes or 5 or 6 older henkeis It also means that I can buy takara releases for the same prices as hasbro releases which in turn means that I get to pick whatever figure I think has the best paint job. Anyway, to me that means a collection with a main mix of G1 and CHUG. I don't intend to collect a full g1 or henkei line (although with henkei it's probably closer to 98% of the line) and sadly that means I pick up exclusives like music label soundwave, device label blaster and faith leader to fill the gaps.