I'm new to this place (as you may or may not have guessed from the title ) and to Transformers in general. About a week ago, my friend told me about a live action Transformers movie that was going to come out this year. He showed me the trailer, and even though I had only a vague idea of what Transformers were, I still thought it looked cool. After this trailer, I became interested in the actual series and started to read about it (hooray for Wikipedia!) Then, two nights ago, I was out shopping with my friend (the one who originally showed me the trailer) and he bought a couple of action figures. For some reason, that event made me really want to get into the Transformers franchise. So, the next day, I decided to do even more research (including reading posts from here to get perspective from fans) and then we went shopping yet again. By the end of the night, I had bought seven action figures, totalling a little over $90. Just in case anyone is interested, they were: Starscream Demolisher Rodimus AstroTrain Optimus Prime Unicon Grimlock After these purchases, I went back to my friends house where we watched the Transformers movie from '86. Despite the fact that it had incredibly campy dialogue and the plot was sort of hard to follow, I thouroughly enjoyed it. When I got home in the morning though, my parents weren't too happy that I had spent that much money on a whim. I haven't been working much lately, so I am sort of pressed for cash. I eventually ended up taking back all action figures except for Optimus Prime, AstroTrain, and Unicron. I've only played with Optimus thus far, because it took me like an hour to figure out how to transform him It's awesome though, and I now can't wait for the pre-movie comics next month, and, of course, the actual movie. So, I guess my question is this: am I missing anything else? Are the action figures the best part of the series? I do know that's what they originated as, but I don't know if I'm missing out on any other movies, shows, books, or anything else that I could otherwise be enjoying. Anyway, seeing as this is my first post, nice to meet you all. Yep, I like to save formalities until the end of a post.