WARNING: contains personal opinions, if you are easily offended then please stop reading I may have very specific tastes, but 2012 was a pretty shitty year when it comes to transformers in my opinion. Prime was a decent show, but wasn't too fond of the design choices (Anyone else think they have a similar aesthetics to that of Supreme cheetor?) and no toy felt like I really had to have it. Kreo and Botshots had zero appeal to me, and new releases didn't really register on my radar. TFCC had 2 solid releases in Runamuch and Runabout; It cost me 2 subscriptions Took me about 4h to order off the broken website I didn't get the membership discount My credit card details was stolen and someone bought autoparts in wyoming on my credit card I had to sign up for a new credit card and go a full week without a credit card ...but I got them. The rest of the TFCC toys like the botcon set well...how to put it...it felt like it held the same standard and quality as that of the TFCC website. The FoC stuff was a swing and a miss as well, the toys was blasted for size and quality and much like Prime I didn't feel I wanted anything from the toyline. Takara shone bright releasing some amazing encore toys and MPs, but I was a bit disapointed in the old repainted molds from other series that was released as United. Third parties was what kept the flame burning with several amazing releases, like Ratchet, Ironhide, Photron...and of course the awesomeness that is Hercules topping the list of what now felt like a whole new level of 3p toys. That was then...now, it's 2013 and I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We have almost as many MP releases scheduled for this year as we've gotten the last 10 We are getting a real generations toyline again (by that I mean they look G1), with what many speculate will fill some of the gaps of our classics collections (trailbreaker/cutter, I've got a feeling you're in there) The Encore series has picked up momentum, in a BIG way: Fortress Maximus - I am very optimistic about the future for encore toys. I don't like to speculate, but if the big guy sells well...man, we could be in for some amazing releases. TFCC is stepping up to th...erm...ok, you need one exception to every rule I suppose. Third party companies are raising the bar yet another notch by releasing 2 predakings, a Superion, a Menasor, several headmasters, Six shot, a tripple changer, topspin, twin twist, etc, etc, etc - the list just goes on and on and every new figure is looking even more amazing than the last. With all of this pure awesomeness for someone of my tastes this is looking to be an absolutely amazing year - it has allready surpassed 2012 in my mind...and it's only January!!!