And admit that we're a rather sizable group of ingrates. Hear me out for a moment. In the '80/90s, we had the world on a platter, really. We had our cartoons, we had our movies, we had our toys. And they were all great. We loved them so intensely, we just had to have as many as we could get our hands on. Batman G.I. Joe He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Star Trek Star Wars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Transformers That's a pretty big deal. There was something for everyone and we truly had fun enjoying it all. As we grew our tastes changed, but the inner kid at heart always had that "Oooh. I miss my toys. I hope they make a movie out of these someday!" thought running constantly through it's mind. I was shopping at Wal-Mart early this morning, went to the toy aisle and stumbled upon the G.I. Joe display full of figures, vehicles, and role play. I looked it over and found myself being thoroughly impressed by all of it. (Not buyworthy since I don't collect G.I. Joe, but impressive.) And with the ROTF display on the other side of the aisle, it's like a gateway to Awesomeland. It was then that I finally got it. We finally have received what we asked for, and we're still not thankful. Not in the least. As individuals, some of us are, but as a group, damn. Just...damn. To the left of me was ROTF, TMNT, Batman. To the right of me, Star Trek, G.I. Joe. And all of them have movies, comics, etc. The Dark Knight was nothing short of amazing and has the second biggest take of all time, and yet people complain about it being boring, "It was only a hit because of Heath Ledger dying! The movie sucked otherwise!" etc. Really? Wow. Star Trek wasn't perfect, but it was damn close, and it was enjoyable from beginning to end, and repeat viewings make it even better. Yet there's always going to be a few in the crowd that bitch about how this or that looks, or the wrong actor, etc. Kinda expected with Trek fans, but still... G.I. Joe is coming and it's not quite like the cartoon series (especially Cobra Commander) and I'll admit, some of it looks downright silly. Here's the thing...that's what makes it FUN. It's meant to be escapist popcorn fun for the afternoon. It's not meant to be a character study of why Cobra Commander wears a mask and loves snakes and sounds like an alien robot named Starscream. No one's even had the chance to watch the movie yet and they're already doggin' it. What if it's a great movie and you have a good time? And finally... The Bayverse movies aren't perfect, but they are fun, and it's neat to see our heroes on the big screen for the first time. Some things could've been changed for the better, but overall they helped put TF back on the map. All we can do is nitpick and bicker. We've received some really great figures (especially Leader Class Prime. If you can't even give HasTak credit for that guy, then you really are just being unreasonable. Just for the sake of doing so.) and the movies are massive hits with the audiences. People who never gave a damn about TFs before are lining up to watch Optimus and Megatron duke it out for a new generation, and in stunning High Definition clarity. Hell, I had an Autobot shirt on during the 4th and both of my uncles said "Oh wow, you got the shirt! Have you seen the second one yet? We couldn't get in because it was sold out. The first one was so cool, the second one looks like it's bigger and better." And we spent a good 30 minutes talking about the movies and the toys, and for the first time...two generations of my family were finally on the same wavelength. Years ago, my uncles basically made fun of me for my love of TFs and anything related. When they said "Yeah, we get it now." you know something incredible has happened. And it's happening all over the world now. Transformers are now becoming a household name and people are flocking to the theater to stand in line to see the movie. People of all ages. Just like they did for TDK, and soon will for G.I. Joe. And what will we continue to do? Bitch and moan because it's not perfect. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, NOTHING is perfect. NOTHING. Watch the movies or don't, buy the toys or don't, but at least be thankful that we still have what we have, and more is to come. No, we don't have to bend over and take it when we think corporate America (including Hasbro) says to. We can always walk away. No, we don't have to kiss anyone's ass to get what we want, but a little "Hey, thanks!" goes a long way. ROTF isn't for everyone, and it saddens me because I want no one left behind, but if you're willing to be a little bit patient, 2010 will have the return of Universe 3.0, the remainder of the Animated figures, and whatever else Hastak has up their sleeves. I was an ingrate, I was angry over the loss of Universe 2.0 and Animated in favor of ROTF, but I look back now and see how silly it was for me to be that way. We're getting EVERYTHING we wanted and then some, and I have no reason to be complaining. We have it good people, we should take more comfort in the fact that we've gotten what we asked for.