Sorry if this has been covered before, but the thing that's so unique about the TF fandom, that differentiates it from just about any other toy fandom at the moment, is the proliferation of the third-party companies. It's especially interesting to me as companies likes Fans Toys are single-handedly keeping me interested in the TF world. And also, we've reached a moment in which third-party products are frequently rivaling and even surpassing the quality of official releases. So I'm wondering who these people are behind Fans Toys, MMC, Toy World, Gigapower, etc... Are these ex-toy designers? Or people involved with the toy industry? Bored NASA engineers in search of a side-job? Because the designing and producing of something like a Phoenix seems so complicated, and was pulled off with such aplomb, that I can't help wondering what professional backgrounds these people have, and why they haven't spread to other toy lines (I'd love a third-party Cheetara and powered-up Mumm-Ra to finish off my Classics collection, BTW, or an in-scale, deluxe-quality Skystriker or Tomahawk for my Joes).