Every time I get bored and feel like messing (playing) with a toy, it becomes obvious immediately that I'm most likely to dig through my collection of hundreds of different toy lines for a Transformer. Simply because they have the most play value. They are like puzzles that I can sit around and transform the vehicle into robot and back again. So what is the point of this you ask? Well, I was thinking about this and realized, every time I go grabbing for a Transformer, I almost always go for an Alternator. They not only have the most interesting transformations but they just look far superior to everything else. Out of 25 years of Transformers, it is this small line of maybe twenty figures (many just retools & repaints) that keeps me truly interested in this hobby. Don't get me wrong, there are other Transformers from other years & series' that I appreciate. Generation One is where it all began and I recognize that there are some cool toys there (primarily Diaclone molds). And, I like many of the Beast wars stuff. There is some great play value there. R.I.D. was the beginning of what was to become my favorite toy line. So, I have to give it props as well. With all that said, I don't see how a better Transformers line than Alternators could ever exist. How could these ever be topped (Masterpiece of course but I almost consider them as part of the Alternators)? Well, by looking at the movie toys, I certainly don't think it will be there. I am not only turned off by the character designs but the quality seems to follow "the main line" style more so than raising the bar. What is my point of this rant? Am I just killing some time? Yeah, maybe so but I do have a point here. We all know with the Transformers movie coming out, the movie toys are sure to dominate toy shelves for a year or so and I understand that but what if Hasbro never revisits Alternators? Is it destined to be this small collectors line that will always be remembered fondly as the pinnacle of Transformers or will Hasbro/Takara find a way to keep it going and I don't mean years and years of pointless repaints (which I am sure will happen anyway)? I know every collector has different tastes and it is awfully presumptuous of me to assume otherwise but I think it is pretty safe to say that Alternators are of a higher quality and caliber than the rest (I actually prefer Binaltech's but I'm keeping things domesticated considering not everyone has the ability to afford them and for $20.00 a pop at retail, Alternators are very accessible to any Transformer collector). Is my intent to stir a debate? Not really. It's just to reiterate the greatness of a higher quality Transformer. Some people are into the Transformers for nostalgia, play value or the mediocre story created to sell toys but for me, I just appreciate a challenging toy line that shows passion and ingenuity. So, with all that said, here's hoping that Hasbro/Takara does not forget about the more superior & sophisticated brand that is sure to be remembered for years to come.