Well, after finally achieving a complete set of sealed animated toys, bar the unreleased few and the non-cartoon featured repaints, I have started wondering whether animated will be a future classic and what the value of the toys will be. Ultimately, the value of my collection is what it really personally means to me, but with increased costs of living and the economy the way it is, I can’t help but look to ways to fund my hobby or even create a little investment for the future. I mean, it can’t be any less uncertain than share holdings or pensions. One of the greatest assets of Animated, is that it has been such a straight forward and fun line to collect with only Deluxe, Voyager and Leader classes. There have been no Ultras, Scouts, Minicons and masses of unnecessary repaints like there were with Armada / Energon / Movie 1 etc. Nor have there been combiners where limbs have been released in separate waves. I think the general consensus was that on the whole, Animated has been a great series with great toys. I personally feel, as an entire package, it has been the best series since G1. Not only this, but I believe animated has been the best hope for collectors to get a complete line and keep it sealed, with the hindsight of potential increases in value and desirability. Equally, it doesn’t take up that much space as there haven’t been that many figures released to-date. Is Animated going to be desirable enough to make the toys increase in value over the next 3-5 years, or even say 10 years? Will many of the collectors who ignored the Animated series at first start to change their opinion towards the line? Or, will new collectors mark Animated as their first stepping stone? My musings on values are: Very few mass produced transformers toys of recent series (say since Beastwars / RID onwards) have increased significantly in value even in their MISB state. Not including Takara TFC Reissues & Some of the Hasbro Reissues, Supermarket / TRU specials with limited production runs or BotCon / TFCC exclusives etc. I can only think of a handful of mass produced Transformers that are worth on a good day, maybe 30% above full retail. Primus is the first one that springs to mind. Then maybe er……..oh. Unicron was getting that way until the Universe Reissue. Obviously some of the more special toys such as the Takara Reissues like Predaking, TFC Soundblaster / Soundwave / Hound / Minibot Teams etc have gone, up but then they cost a lot to buy in the first place and were relatively limited in their production runs. In terms of collection value, toys that are still worth their full retail value through a direct trade (i.e. no eBay fees) are at least a break even investment. Ones that go on eBay seem to require at least a 5-10% mark up over the purchase price to break even or make it worth while. If you have purchased a toy in the sale, this obviously helps with re-sale profits such as the Animated Sunstorm / Shockwave Target packs. Over here Animated Leader Megatron is on sale at £13.99 (circa $20) which makes me wonder if it is worth buying a good stack. Especially when he has potentially been one of the best Megatron incarnations throughout the entire Transformers cartoon history and he could easily become very desirable. Final Thoughts Overall though, when looking back over the last 13 years of Transformers to Beastwars, very few main-line mass produced toys have increased in value significantly. I am pretty sure 13 years after main-line G1 ended when Beastwars was out, the value of the MISB G1 toys were proportionally higher than Beastwars is now. I assume this is obviously down to desirability, the fact it was G1 and of course rarity. I am simply left wondering if Animated will be the first properly desirable toy series since G1, primarily because most of the characters had a great back story or a grounded Transformers Lore with character parallels linking all the way back to 1984.