Many of us on the boards have been collecting for quite some time. Some members have been collecting since the dawn of the Transformers, way back in 1984. Having spanned a mighty 25+ years, do most collectors view their figures as highly valuable collectibles, or as mere toys? I understand that there is an enormous difference between an original G1 Optimus Prime that is 27 years old and in pristine condition and a beat up, played with Movieverse Optimus. I also understand that there is a difference between a $5 scout or mini-con and a $200+ Masterpiece figure, but in general, do people see their collections as a bunch of toys, or as something more? -------------------------------------------- I personally view my collection as something more. I think of the figures more as pieces to be added to my collection rather than as mere toys. Don't get me wrong, when my niece and nephew come over and want to play with my TFs, I absolutely let them (within reason of course, no one is allowed to touch MP Rodimus but me), but when I can add something I think is valuable to my collection, I do derive a certain amount of pride. This can plainly be seen in how I display my collection. I have spent thousands of dollars on display cases and lighting so that when someone sees my collection, they hopefully don't think that I am a weird guy with a bunch of toys, but rather more of collector with a very adult-looking, tastefully displayed and valuable collection. What are your thoughts? Toys or collectibles?