So I was thinking a little about our hobby, and how a lot of us who have been with Transformers for quite some time (which is a GREAT many of us, of course!) are here because of nostalgia. Yes, in a very general sense, most of us are nostalgic for the fiction and the characters that made us happy; the toys, of course, are the representations of this to a great extent. Now, before you write this thread off as stating the obvious to an extent, allow me to share with you a few of my own thoughts. A vast amount of my collection is nostalgic for me because of a particular story associated with the very particular toy. Among a thousand copies of the same toy doesn't hold the same nostalgia that THIS toy may have. It's my pleasure to share with you an example of this. My G1 Wheeljack. In this thread (albeit amid a few jokes), I shared among this story in regards to this figure: I've was meticulous as a kid with my TFs and their accessories. Up until a couple years ago, Wheeljack's spoiler was the only part I was missing from it. Don't let this photo fool you there, as his parts are simply off camera: In celebration of regaining the spoiler, I purchased a set of reproduction labels: (G1 Wheeljack relabeled - a few shots) You'll notice that I didn't touch up the paint. Admittedly, this omission was simply due to forgetfulness due to my sheer excitement. Another reason was that I just couldn't bring myself to repair the paint scrapes. So, yeah, this figure has quite a history for me. Some of my other G1 figures don't so much. I can't say that I like Wheeljack's toy any better than say G1 Sixshot. With the myriad of threads of "who's your favorite Xwhatever", I rarely pick favorites. I'm simply a fan of what I'm a fan of. We get to have our cake and eat it too, so to speak here Another form of nostalgia I have is associated with the many friends I've made over the years here. A particular figure will come with my own sentimentality simply because it was an assist or a gift from a dear friend. The cash value of the figure could be dimes or hundreds - this is something that matters less to me than the thoughtfulness of whoever helped me out. TFCon Powered Commander: I'll go right ahead and apologize for the lack-luster photo here. I was fiddling around with some bots one night and just decided to take some quick shots. What's important here is while I am a fan of Powered Convoy, this exclusive means a lot to me. When it was announced I was super-excited and a bit saddened at the same time. CLASSICS POWERED CONVOY? YEAH! Then I realized that I wouldn't be able to attend TFCon that year. Nearly instantly I got a message from plowking sharing the news with me. I contacted Super_Megatron to make arrangements to get this figure, and plowking was generous enough to help secure it at the convention and ship it to me. While I was upset with Fansproject for the move of later releasing the kit, the TFCon exclusive kit is very particular to me because of this story. . . . . and I could sit here and tell you story after story of my own nostalgia and such. What I wanted to do here is outline particular forms of why I'm sentimental and nostalgic for particular toys on top of being nostalgic for Transformers themselves, notably Generation One since it brings back many of my very fond childhood memories. With that, one last photo: (I'm only currently missing the blue Gobot dune buggy, that particular G1 Ratchet is gone as I helped a fellow TFWer out who really wanted a G1 Ratchet, and that actual Optimus Prime in my hand, as that one didn't survive the many battles! Even most of the paperwork survived to still be in my collection today!) Now I wanna hear from you guys!