So I have my Optimus Prime shelves all sorted out again, having relocated the Beast era Primes to another spot as yet more movie modes come out. Sitting back to admire the handiwork, I think about how my 8 & 10 year old nephews will be staying in this room, dying to touch them all. Which I don't object to - I'm all about appreciating toys for what they are. But there has to be rules - touch anything, but DON'T try to transform everything. Some of this stuff will break. And in my head I'm trying to imagine where the limit must be for a kid who's just trying to figure it out. G1, Powermaster, G2 and the giants from the Unicron Trilogy era - go for it. They're built tough and some are a blast. G1 is a reissue anyway, just don't lose all the loose parts. Star Convoy - well he's barely a Transformer but he's safe to handle for sure. Hero Prime - go ahead, put that poor sunset-hued nerf bastard out of his misery. Robots in Disguise - you may not work it into firetruck mode on your own, but it can handle the effort. Classics, Animated - yeah they're tough too, knock em around. Titanium - don't drop it on your brother. Same for MP01, I don't have that much insurance. But then... ROTF Voyager or Leader classes - no, please don't bother. They're so complicated you'll probably break one. WFC Prime - Even I can't remember how to do him, plus he's that cherry Takara finish. Let's leave him be. FOC Prime - Go ahead, though he's Takara cherry too so play nice. The paint can chip off... Prime series First Edition - oh geez he's one of my favorites and he already has a stress mark in one window, and his arms are really complex and this is the good one with the right colored doors - just admire that guy. Beast Hunter Prime - we gave him a hard time, but he's good to play with. Watch out though because I added a battle mask, don't lose it. Generation Orion Pax - kinda feels like he's going to break, and he's Takara too - I know I know, but he has those feeble arm plates. How about if it's ANY of these shiny guys just don't ok? Evasion Mode - NO! He's from Japan too and my God those arms are so hard to turn just the right way, and I've seen that the clear piece can break and the whole thing is trashed - leave him be... However there's this AOE Leader Class - he's big and dumb and underdetailed - BUT he's almost the only one in the last 7 years I would trust a 10 year old kid to HANDLE. Isn't that sad?? Is it really necessary to make something an oversized bath toy, in order to also have it be usable by anything but an adult collector? AOE Leader Prime (normal edition) really isn't bad - maybe we should be applauding them for finding that balance. It's a tough pill to swallow. Edit: image size reduced from iPhone original giant format.