How important is it to you? Will you tolerate a poor figure because it represents a character in a cartoon/comic/movie that you like or find cool? Do you go for toys because they are great figures, even if they have no background at all in any media? I'm a bit of both, with the exception of Beast Wars. In general, I have no great love for organic alt modes, HOWEVER... The characters in BW hold such a special place in my heart that I must own the toys of those featured in the show. I almost think the toys could be shameful piles of junk and I would still love them pecause of the personality they evoke for me. The same, I think, goes for Animated. I think by and large that is my general outlook on collecting. Characters first, toys second. That said, it is rare to find a character in toy form who has never been seen is any TF fiction at all. OK, some of the movie figures can fit into this category, but you will often find they pop up in a comic or novelisation at some point down the line. Anyone got any examples of great TF toys who are rarely, if ever seen on screen or page? What are people's attitudes in general to the relationship between fictional character and the toy representation?