Hey everyone, I wanted to propose an idea that's been stirring in my head lately. It actually has roots back in last year's Christmas season, but it's become a little more relevant now. As we all know, Hasbro has mass-produced the Bumblebees. Whether they're actually pegwarming in your area or not, it's very difficult to believably deny that the little yellow 'bot has a lot of presence in the toy aisles. Do I wish Hasbro would pack him in less? Of course. But that's not what I'm here to talk about. I propose that we, as a community, take some action to get more product on shelves. Not something like a letter-writing campaign to Hasbro, 'demanding' that they change their case assortments/business model to please us. Because, regardless of what evidence we have, what theories we can postulate, and what sense those theories may make, we are not in Hasbro's meetings or on their marketing team. They're making business decisions that, for the most part, seem to be working to maintain the company as a whole. And though we are their customers, we are not the sole dictators of their decisions. To think otherwise is to be really arrogant. No, my suggestion is a little more altruistic. Instead of complaining about what we can't have, let's do something positive with what we do have. I'd like to propose a movement, for each member of the Transformers collecting community, if they can do so, to buy a Prime Bumblebee. From any local store that has them abundant on the shelves. Why, you ask? Why play right into Hasbro's hands and give them money for the constant hanger-on? Because, my friends, we need rotation. A friend of mine who works at Target explained to me that, the fewer figures on the pegs, the more likely they are to restock the pegs with a fresh case from the back. Ergo, the more likely we are to see some of the other characters in case assortments make it into consumer hands. Knock Out, Arcee, Vehicon... all these will be a little more prevalent. Maybe not much, but maybe just enough. What you do with your Bumblebee after that is your call. My suggestion would be to donate it. There's always children's hospitals that could use additional toys for the kids, especially free toys. Preschools, daycare centers, possibly the Boys and Girls club... or just give it to someone. A friend's child, a family member, maybe even some random parent-and-child on the street (yeah, a little weird, but depending on where you live, maybe not so weird). Or hold onto it until the toy drive season and unload them all. Even donate them to Goodwill. If you can't afford to buy just one, no big deal. If you can afford to buy more than one, I'd say go for it! The entire concept is a request, not a requirement by any means. Heck, you could repaint it and throw it into the Radicons. Sell it on eBay. Light it on fire. The choice is up to you. Will it make a change? To be honest, I don't know. Characters may have been cherry-picked from cases already, so I could just be suggesting a solution that just adds to the problem. But I feel it might be worth a shot to try. I don't believe it will change the long-term issue of Hasbro stocking Bees into the cases like crazy, but it might get the rest of the cases out to us more often.