Hey guys, I just thought I'd ask some of you guys about your collecting habits (since we're on, well you know, a Transformers message board). As an artist (kitbasher and/or illustrator), our collecting habits may (or may not) differ from many of those on TFW2005.com who typically aren't into TFs for the means of expressing and communicating artistically (though some are, but you get the drift). For the kitbashers, have you found that you, say, get one toy for the "collection" and one for projects? How do you go about obtaining extras? What's your thinking process(es) there? How does your craft impact the way you view your collection? Toys as a whole? For the illustrators, is one of your primary motivations to obtain a model for reference? How might being an illustrator influence your collecting habits? Do you find that particular box artwork greatly impacts your desire to own a given toy? For me as a kitbasher, I've been pretty good about getting the extras I need for projects. Depending on the toy and such, I may just get the one for the collection, even if I want to customize it. Sometimes, I'll get a factory version of the toy to keep as it came, and one to customize. I've found that this really has little impact on my desire to integrate my customs into my collection. As an illustrator, I must say that the box artwork (especially the gorgeous G1 work) has a great impact on my desire to own a toy sometimes. I've found that it's had less of an impact as an "adult" collector, though. I do like to have a figure sitting in front of me when I draw, especially since I prefer toy accurateness in my illustrations. Anyways, I just thought I'd start the topic. Discuss!