Hey gang - I was thinking about this and figured I'd bring it the boards to see what people's thoughts and experiences were. In short, I started off buying transformers because I thought they looked cool and enjoyed them. Then I started to try to complete subgroups or lines or get versions of a particular character. Next, I branched out into Lego, Superhero figures, etc. When I think back to my early days, the "megas" and "voyagers" were expensive toys at 15 and 20 bucks a pop. I recall them being special purchases. Not *too* long after that, CR came into being and were my first import purchases and boy did that seem extravagant. Toys exclusive to Japan and more expensive to boot!? Then it was a prototype for Alternators Windcharger that I spend around $100 on, then an exclusive prize version of TM Megatron I spent a few hundred on...at the time those were unique pieces to me and 'jewels' of my collection. Fast forward a few years....set of 3P Dinobots at 200-225 a pop? Sure. Ultimetal Optimus Prime at $800? seems fair. Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse for $350? looks pretty sweet. You get the idea. Now, certainly, some of this can be explained by the points in life I was at across this span, having little disposable income in HS all the way up to being fortunate enough to enjoy this whole collecting thing. When you've only got christmas money, everything seems relatively expensive. What I'm more interested in is that there was a time when a $100 dollar figure seemed exorbitant and was a crown jewel piece and now figures in that range and higher seem so normal to me...MP Primal, MP Grapple, FT dinos, Sphinx, etc are all in that ballpark and more and it just seems like the way it is. I feel that early on, when they were just 'for fun', the cost was a bigger barrier. As I've transitioned from just getting neat stuff to 'collecting' with an eye toward a curated collection that has meaning, the end goal has more value and so I'm okay spending a bit more since I'm reaching my target (which theoretically has some end points). I also think there has simply been a desensitization over time. That first time you drop 100 on a figure stings. the more you do it, the easier it gets. Anyway, has anyone else noticed this shift in their own feelings about spending? Other thoughts about it? I'd also be curious to hear from those who are very thrifty in how they collect.