I've always been curious about which toy precisely started this obsession for everyone. If you haven't had a break in your collecting, what was the figure that got the ball rolling? If you've taken a break (or more than one) what was the toy that got you back into collecting? The toy that started it all of (that I can remember that is) was G2 Sideswipe. Up until that point, I had been given Transformers as gifts for about every occassion since before I was born. My dad -loved- Transformers and would watch them religiously while I was in utero so, it's only fitting that I would love them just as much. lol. I've taken a couple of breaks between various series. I remember collecting from late G1 until Beast Machines started, religiously. After that, I would only buy the vehicons from BM. When RiD came on the scene, I was ecstatic at first but, interest waned when my local podunk Walmart would only get a few new toys every once in a while. During that time, Gundam was making it's big push into the limelight so, that ended up taking all of my money with all of the various action figures and models; it's probably the reason why Gundam is second only to TFs on my, 'Things I love' list haha. This trend would continue, with me only buying random TFs here and there until after AEC had finally stopped airing and the toys left the shelves. I was in the middle of a move out of the house to college in winter 2006 when I took a perusal through the toy aisles of a local K-Mart just down the street from my apartment. I had always cruised the toy aisles in hopes that something Transformers would FINALLY jump out at me and get a stranglehold on me like I had been in with G1/G2 and Beast Wars. That is exactly what happened that fateful day. I saw a new TF hanging from the pegs in an old-school style cardback bubble. I almost ran to the pegs as this was a week before Christmas and kids were all about the toy aisles at the time. As I closed, I could see the word, 'Rodimus' on the bubble. Excitement grew and I got closer and closer to find that I would not be disappointed! Hotrod, my very favorite Transformers had not only been remade as a toy and I had found him on the shelf but, he was just as amazing as the first time I'd seen him in the movie! My mouth agape, I couldn't believe that I'd finally found that hook to bring me back in. Mirage lay behind him, Bumblebee behind him and Megatron and Prime lay on the shelf below! It was as if God himself jumped into my mind and made exactly what I saw in my head; the EXACT thing that would get me back into Transformers with a passion. From then on, anything branded Classics (I don't care if it keeps getting rebranded, they'll always be Classics to me) is in my collection no questions, so long as it isn't a lame Energon repaint haha.