Not sure if this is the right forum to put this...I will make it clear that unless I'm outright stating it, I'm NOT ranting, and want actual opinions\discussion on this. I've been a tad more active the past few months\year than I was the year before, mainly because of military service and not much free time. However, as time passed, I noticed various new trends in these forums. Ever since the great FE story and subsequent first release of RID figures about a week earlier in the UK, I've noticed the "great schism" between opinions and ideas for the toyline and who should get which figures first. Needless to say, it added lots of people in my ignore list from both sides. Thankfully this whole ordeal has died down besides a few small sparks here and there. Another trend I've noticed is that we [as a forum, not necessarily as a fandom] have gained many new members the past five months. What's surprising is that people that joined two months ago have got FIVE times the post I and many others that joined back in 06-07 have. WOW. Is it mostly spam talk? Needless replies? Visitor messages which have become a trend count towards post count? Did we really have that much less to talk about before TFTM07? Thankfully we've got younger members as well. The internet is a great place for TF fans nowadays, almost everything you need\want is available for download\purchase. Back when I officially joined the fandom at tfarchive.com, I had to search for days for a copy of the '86 movie, and scout the web for low quality, random order armada episodes. No comics whatsoever. A "sad" by-product of this, of course, are younger fans with avatars\sigs with pictures of Prime's Arcee. I've stopped counting or even trying to differentiate them, but there's a healthy group of dudes who feverishly defend Arcee and PRIME no MATTER what. LOL, take it easy dudes... The biggest change is, for me at least, the level of self-entitlement fans have all over the world. With the past four or so years of toylines, everybody has some favourite that HAS to be released and hasbro is a demon's offspring for not having it out yet or it's not available on their continent. I have memories of Energon Galvatron and the three Gestalts being favoured as god's gift back when they were first released. Those guys were the ultimate G1 hybrid releases\updates at the time. Now, of course, they are reduced to garbage and nobody's ever really happy. Fans are unhappy when figures are omitted from the line, figures become available in another continent, fans are unhappy because they can't get them for cheap locally. This is the BW Neo Unicron thing taken to an entirely different, evolved level. Fans clamored for cybertronian designs back during War Within, we got a very select few of them. Now we have the entire first half of an entire line dedicated to G1-looking, cybertronian figures. And fans are unhappy because there aren't any new G1 updates. Any opinions on the matter, from both older and younger fans? Do older fans view ourselves\themselves as an elite that went through transformers before they became a mainstream event? Do younger fans feel smothered from the amount of merchandise and releases they're faced with? Is the older generation of fans whiny? I'd like to read about your views.