This is just a /letsteamoff post. No offense intended. Just some thoughts I hate to say it, but there wouldn't BE a market for knockoffs if Takara got their heads and butts in the same place. Nobody would buy them if they thought there was a prayer of ever seeing Mirage, Sunstreaker, Wheeljack, the Dinobots, etc. Heck, we KNOW the Trailbreaker mold exists, as they released him back in 2001 as a Collector's Ed (1000 whole pieces, I think... if you want to pay $300+ on Ebay by the way), and they just... sit on their hands and sue guys who try to meet that demand in their stead. The Encore line has greatly impressed me, particularly with Omega Supreme and Sky Lynx (NEVER thought we had a prayer on those two awesome toys), but I wish they'd step up production a bit. I have no problem with alternating between 'new' reissues (Omega, Sky Lynx, Metroplex), and 'done before' reissues (Megatron, Prime, and most of Encore), so long as they keep the ratios good. If they can manage at LEAST one release per month - and announce them more than 60 days in advance - I'd be happy... Give me a '2009 re-release schedule' and we're off to the races. I sometimes feel the Encore line is an afterthought, like it could be cancelled at any moment, since they don't seem to plan it very far out. Kinda like Hasbro hosed everybody by dumping the Commemorative line. The next reissues in that line were to be Thrust, Ramjet, Ironhide, and Trailbreaker, by the way, before they suddenly stopped... not to rub salt in the wound Hasbro has impressed me the least. At least Takara's still on the move. Obviously Hasbro's committment to G1 is pretty minimal these days. Gotta go where the money is, I guess, but then to go after the little guys who make a handful of KO's Hasbro'll never make anyway? Or BOX replicas? Gimme a break... I understand the need to protect IPs, but come on, G1 obviously isn't an important market to Hasbro, or they'd still be selling the blasted things. They haven't done a G1 reissue since 2004 or 2005, and had lots more material before they dumped it. I can understand going after KO's of current and active properties, but 25 year old G1 stuff? That's a pretty hardcore market... what Hasbro seems to fail to realize is that we're all in our 20's and above and don't have to beg mom and dad for the money to buy the stuff. I'm sitting on a great job and dieing to buy G1 reissues! A question for collectors... if the KO is a truly perfect replica of the original, do you really care? Seriously, if you'd never know because it's just that good? You'll simply have a beautiful specimen of a Transformer. Does it matter if it's actually made of 20 year old plastic or not? I'm very interested in people's thoughts on this issue. I imagine two very vocal camps The only guys I see getting worried are the ones sitting on these $100k collections getting devalued by the content getting re-released, but that's been happening for the last decade or so. Besides, I don't know one person who buys G1 Transformers for their dollar value (thought I'm sure they exist). I'd like to think the vast majority of us buy them because we love the guys It's not a business, it's a childhood memory preserved. Anyway, I hope Takara kicks it up into high gear, commits to the Encore line for the long haul (or is that 'Long Haul?'), and gets the reverse-engineering ball rolling on some of those harder-to-find pieces. And they better not backpedal and just start kicking out old reissues they've done before. Doing that is more profitable, I'm sure (and most of us don't have all their reissue stuff, particularly those danged 'Collector's Edition' pieces from 2000-2001), so it's all good as long as they mix in new stuff and tough-to-get guys too. Toss in a reverse-engineered molded toy from time to time (Wheeljack, Mirage, and Sunstreaker, yes, I'm looking at you) and we're golden. They can always make each of them in original/clear/black/Pepsi versions to recoup the costs of the mold anyway, right? Anyway, that's where /endrant belongs Thoughts?