Many other places in this forum I have heard of members speaking of how expensive third party collecting is. They are right, it is expensive. However, third party transformers are still not the most expensive collector-grade toy lines out there. If I average out the cost of my third patry transformers (including those bought from Black Friday sales, Flash sales, etc.) the average cost of a third party transformer comes in around $130 per individual release (I'm counting combiner members as separate purchases rather than the total cost of the combiner). Now the average may be higher for those who have much more expensive units (ex. Maketoys Citybot line- don't have any of those). I also collect King Arts 1/9 scale Iron Man figures, and the average cost of each of those is around $180.00 per release. I used to collect Yamato, and then Bandai Valkaries. The price goes up every year, and a friend of mine who collects these says they are averaging over $260.00 per Valkyrie. So do anyone else collect other lines that cost more on average than 3rd party transformers, or know of another line that costs more? I like joking as much as the next guy, (so the occasional one like 1/1 scale Gundam- $200,000, or my Italian Sports car) jokes are definitely fine. However this should primarily be about collectable toy lines. Another example for me will be the King arts 1/9 scale Iron Monger when it comes out later this year. That bad boy will be over $350.00 after shipping. Have fun justifying the (relatively) low cost of third party transformers- go nuts!! (PS- I do not believe I have seen a thread like this, but I may be mistaken).