So Takara has now announced MP-48 as Lio-Convoy, a character from the (I want to say "obscure" but I'm sure fans of the show will take immediate offence at that ) Japanese only show Beast Wars 2. This raises an important point for me. I collect G1 MP's. That's my primary collection. I occasionally find myself being diverted off track with the odd random character but I always pull myself back to that core focus. I'm also a completionist in that I want pretty much every character from "my G1" (ending with Season three - I don't go past that for reasons that are unimportant here). There has always been this naive ... I want to call it a "hope"... that Takara would, eventually, get around to releasing at least all the big-name characters from G1 in their MP line. We were never going to get everyone (some characters are just too obscure for that) but the hope was that we'd see a reasonably broad swathe. But it's become more and more clear that the MP "line" isn't ever going to be a complete "line of characters" from any continuity. We started with G1, then they threw in some G2 and comic repaints. The writing was really on the wall with the decision to shoe-horn Star Saber in there (many of us tried to explain this away with arguments about "fan contests" and "special cases"). But then we saw Beast War's added to the line and now a character from Beast Wars 2. I should say that I'm not opposed to MP's being made of any of these characters. Most aren't for me but there's clearly demand there for them. But I like the idea of the MPM line as a separate and focussed collection of figures. Ideally, the same strategy could have (maybe should have?) been employed with Beast Wars MP's. But it's pretty clear now, at least to me, that we will never see anything even close to a "complete G1 MP collection" from Takara and I am highly doubtful that we will even see a "complete Beast Wars Season 1" cast, let alone a "complete Beast Wars" collection. My feeling is that MP has now become just a "premium figure" line for Takara and as more figures are released, we will start to see more and more Takara designers petitioning to have their own favourite character given an MP makeover. There will be more figures from Victory, Beast Wars Neo or other Japanese only shows (that's obviously going to be a big focus for a lot of Takara's Japanese designers) We may eventually see stuff from Animated or Prime in there as well (depending on how Takara designers feel about these more international characters) I don't think we'll stop seeing G1 stuff anytime soon, as there are still plenty of easy-pickings for Takara to do, but I will be very surprised if we see Triple Changers, Combiners or more obscure characters such as Devcon or the "Cybertron femmebots" (Arcee will probably get a shot and maybe... maybe Elita 1). Likewise, Terrorsaur or Scorponok, to say nothing of some of the toy only BW characters! It's a very unpopular opinion to praise or be grateful to the third party companies in any official thread, but for collectors like me who want a collection other than "random stuff that Takara decides to lump together" the 3P's are utterly vital to my collecting goals. What do others think? Does anyone think that Takara intends to give us a "complete collection" for any of these lines (did anyone, really, ever think they would?) Given this trend on Takara's part, just how vital are 3P figures to your collection? How do "official only" collectors feel about Takara's trend away from a single unified line into a more random "premium figure" line? Do you like the idea that MP is a collection of high-grade figures from all across the Transformers continuity?