RIP mar.11,1982-mar.15,2008 03/15/11 today has been kinda weird for me, it has been exactly 3 years to the day since she passed away and yet it seems so long ago. there has been some reflecting but the pain i guess is gone. maybe im just more at peace with it nowadays...... 03/11/10 well today is her bday and i have been reflecting quite a bit as i have the day off. been listening to lenny kravitz - again on replay for a while now and decided write a small post. i can't believe that almost 2 years have past since she passed away (mar.15). this year was a lot easier than last year. i guess with time you do really heal. scary thing is it's more of with time you slowly forget as life does go on. i guess the point of this post is to remember and try not to forget because all you really have is the memories.... collection wise im closer, but i know in terms of trying to be caught up, it will always be an ongoing battle. 03/18/09 been doing a lot of reflecting this week about the year that has past, its been a year and 3 days since she passed away. i wonder if she is happy where she is. i wanted to visit her on her birthday 03/11 rather than on the day that she passed away 03/15. i went to her house only to find that it was empty and that the family has moved. it was an odd and sad feeling, kinda made me feel empty like the house is now. im sure the family will let me know where they are when they have settled in their new place......... im closer to completing my collection, but i wonder if im enjoying my hobby the same way as i use to. it seems more of a chore to track down the last bits and pieces than it is about the hunt. i still love getting the packages in the mail, its like christmas when they arrive. i sometimes comtemplate about boxing everything up, but then i think about why i got into this hobby. i got into collecting because as a child i always wished that i would have every transformers toy that was made commercially available to the public. lucky draws and prototypes are things that i will never get into, maybe luckydraws as i have a few of the more common ones. well lets hope next year i will be able to say that i am caught up with what i am missing, i know that ill never be done =o). 11/22/08 wow i cant believe its been exactly 1 year to date since i posted my collection. i took pictures so that i can remember how close i was to collecting them all and wanted to share with my fellow board members/friends. i started collecting in 2001 and then really started collecting seriously in 2003 when i met mia. she fully supported my fascination and ocd with transformers lol. without her i dont think my collection wouldve ever got so big. i remember that fateful day on nov.22/07.....i spent a lot of time reflecting on my life and the future without mia. i eventually decided to sell my collection due to the fact that there wasnt much time left for mia and it wouldnt be as fun as i would be collecting without her. i remember her words exactly.....are you crazy, this is what makes you happy....what will you do if you stop...you would be miserable.....when im gone you will still have our memories and need to go on living. i still think about that day a lot. i eventually decided not to sell. i mulled over it for days. then that fateful day came on mar.15/08, she passed away. i thought my life was over. i wasnt really surprised that going into the transformer room aka mias room would be so hard. all that did was bring back memories of how much fun we had together collecting and doing other stuff. i took a long break and then came back with a vengence! before she passed away she told me to complete my collection and never sell it no matter what. now i find myself collecting again with the passion i had when i started back in 2001. collecting for the fun and meeting people/friends who are crazy like me over plastic crack lol. hopefully this time next year i will be entirely caught up with EVERYTHING. im still chasing down a few playskool gobots, botcon items, g2 euro stuff and 2 g1 jap figures, then i will be ENTIRELY CAUGHT UP! just wanna finish this post by thanking all the people who have helped me along the way by selling me stuff that i needed and the people who have sent me there well wishes. those kinda words did help me in my time of need. i have met alotta good people on this board with the exception of dominator x (hugh benn from ireland, fucker ripped me off in a trade worth a lot). maybe i will get to meet some of you in person one day if i ever decide to go to a botcon. this thread will forever remind me of my time with mia and i will always remember her the way she was and our happy times! 03/15/08 Due to the passing of my fiancée marie mia aguilar after a long and courageous battle with cancer. I have decided to stop collecting for a while. In the main scheme of things they are just pieces of plastic. I will refocus on collecting soon, as I know she would’ve wanted me to finish it. Im gonna miss hunting for transformers with her as she was the one urging me to look for them. Who else is gonna look for exclusives and track down the hard to find items, meet up with locals when im at work. she basically helped me get 1/3 of the collection. Funny thing is all the locals knew her well and that she was my better half. I guess that’s why she coined the name miasboytoy. All my screen names are that. This transformer geek will never find another girl like her. Rest in peace mia mar.11,1982-mar.15,2008. I will always treasure our time together and will never forget. 11/22/07 i have been wanting to do this for a long time after seeing so many great collections. it just makes you wanna share what you have in appreciation of seeing what others have done. my collection is still in the works. i still need to get a few more japanese figures and some g2 euro stuff. other than that im mostly done with all the series and variants. im pretty sure i have all the north american stuff minus a few japanese variants, but im slowly getting those now too. i dont believe in using reissues in my collection, so everything in it is original. i have/had all the e-hobby, takara and hasbro reissues too. ended up selling a few off because there is no point in having 3 of the exact same toy with different packaging (no differences in paint apps or anything). hope you guys like the pictures. its pretty picture intensive. may decide to get botcons and diaclones one day. i got lucky and have a few original diaclones. all my weapons are in zip lock bags. only displayed with weapons that are needed or else i would go crazy looking for them in case my cats get into a case. you know whats funny, as a kid i always use to say/dream to myself that one day ill havem all..........who wouldve thunk 20 yrs later that its almost come true. my japanese collection is mostly done i just need a few more things. i just need this Super ginrai Junior giftset or just the apex armour pieces!