In the past, I've complained a lot about weird and bad distribution in Europe in general, and Germany in particular. However, in recent years, my perception has changed to a certain degree. With the Toys"R"Us exclusive-ness for Generations figures in numerous European markets lifted with the beginning of the Combiner Wars line, I can confirm for certain that I've seen the vast majority of the general retail release figures of all major lines from recent years at retail one way or another, and a lot of store exclusives as well. Based on reports by fans from other European countries, it would appear this isn't an anomaly, but a trend that applies to most of Europe. Now admittedly, I have the privilege of living in a densely populated urban area where I have easy access to a crapton of stores carrying Transformers figures. I'm aware that the situation is quite different in rural areas, but I would assume specific toys would be hard to find in those areas regardless of how good or bad distribution is on a national level. Here's my claim: Distribution in Europe isn't that bad anymore. It may differ from region to region, but on a whole, it's not that bad. Sometimes toys take a few months to show up here after they've been found in the US, but that door swings both ways as history has shown. A few weeks ago, a fellow board member from Slovakia visited Germany and we went on a sighting tour. He was surprised by the large selection of recent figures at the few stores we went to. Apparently availability in Germany is better than in Slovakia. However, one phenomenon I keep observing is mutual envy. It goes like this: Situation 1: A new toy is found in the US before the first sighting at European retail. Chances are an angry UK resident will complain that "Europe never gets any love". Situation 2: A new toy is found in the UK before the first sighting at American retail. Chances are an angry US resident will complain that "Hasbro abandoned the US". Situation 3: A toy that has been released in the US but is hard to find is released in the UK. Chances are an angry US resident will complain that "now we know where the figure went", even though it's a completely separate production run for Europe. The list goes on. I guess the lessons we can take from this is: 1) The grass is always greener on the other side. Always. 2) Seriously, distribution Europe isn't that bad. And even if it is, distribution in the US isn't really that much better. 3) And even if you think I'm lying to you, remember that the grass is always greener on the other side. Always.