WOW! I came into the thread expecting something super heavy hitting. Like: The hard thing to think about as a collector is that as much as I enjoy playing with my toys, I understand that one day I will die. While I feel that I've lived a well rounded life so far, and I've got many years ahead of me, sometimes while I'm looking upon my transformers the thought hits me that these material things are so temporary, just like my life. One day despite all the care and maintenance I put into my collection, they'll fall apart due to the inevitable wear and tear and passage of time, just like me. And when I'm gone, unless I've truly done something exceptional, and I mean exceptional on a global, historical scale, I will eventually be forgotten entirely, my children may remember me, but they too will pass, and my children's children may remember, but they will die eventually. Just like I don't have a personal memory of my great-great grandparents, eventually my lineage will forget my existence, and unless I am able to do something very important (and sell myself well enough to be remembered for it) as time marches on the only evidence of my existence will dwindle to the remnants of my genetic material circulating in my descendants. With enough time passing, that too may be recombined, overridden, or mutated to a point where it can't be attributed to my remains, if they exist that long, which they won't. If by some conflux of probability the memory/evidence of my existence lasts throughout the rest of human history, there is the (as we currently understand it) inevitable extinction of our species, or later still the heat death of the universe, to truly wipe away any tiny shred or trace of me from the history books. It can only ever be as if I never existed in the first place... Oh sweet, my Botcon 2000 Apelinq comes in today, so excited!