My friend who mainly collects Batman stuff has been hanging around me too much. Now he's starting to buy TFs almost as much as I do. It all started with an Alternator Prime, now he has Mirage, Meister, Wheeljack, Primus, titanium Prime, Jetfire, Axelion, GF Prime, Cybertron bendy Prime, Skywarp, CD Hot Shot, Cannonball, in a matter of weeks!! I thought it was funny so I told him the stages of the collector bug symptoms that will ultimately leads to heavy TF infestations in our houses. Stage 1: I think Transformers are cool. But I won't buy it. Stage 2: Ok, I'll just buy this one that I think is pretty cool. Stage 3: Hey, this other one is pretty cool too! Maybe I get it to keep my lone TF company. Stage 4: Oh Crap! Now I have too much good guys, I'll have to get a few bad guys to even it out! Stage 5: Fine, I'll only get the ones I see on the TV show. Stage 6: Hey, these other guys that didn't make it to the show are pretty cool too! Stage 7: ARGHHHH!!! Now I want the the ones I've been seeing for the last 20 years!! But I WILL NOT BUY REPAINTS!! Stage 8: What?!! They got retooled ones too?! Fine, I'll get them, but no repaints!! Stage 9: That's it, I give up. I'll buy every TF that has ever came out, repaints, originals, and everything in between. Stage 10: I'll now buy everything that has "Transformers" slapped on it. Including lunch boxes, stationery, bed sheet, T shirts, beach towels, tooth brush, furniture, sandwich, bacon, canadian bacon, bug spray, shaving cream, deodorant, lamp shades, CD rack, etc. Stage 11: I'm now officically bankrupted, and my diet consists mainly of plastic and diecast. By the way, I wrote this post as a joke. Just in case anyone got a little sensitive with their TFs collecting habits. So no angry PMs and thread bashing please. Personally, I think I'm at stage 8.