When I first got into Masterpiece Transformers I bought Prowl. Then Sideswipe, MP10 and so on. I decided to collect these because I believed they would all be based on the design cues used on them. They all just fit together beautifully. I feel like lately the designs have been stepping off the course I had obviously mistakenly assumed they would stay on. Also I feel like the quality is becoming comprimised both in build and design, which is why my last 3 purchases have been 3rd party. I picked up MMC Sphinx and it's exactly what I had envisioned he would be like when I first began wondering where the Masterpiece line would go, the day I first got Prowl. Since then I have bought Cloud 9 Quakeblast and it's absolutely gorgeous. And to top it off, it cost less than it seemed like it should have. This buy has really helped me appreciate the positives of going 3P. Lastly I recently got DX9 Mightron. While not perfect by any means, he was the most affordable and right out of the box the first thing I gleaned about was how well made it is. It's built like a brick shithouse. So yeah, I consider 3rd Party and even Knockoffs to be the best choices now for my collection to continue growing. For me to change my mind, Takara would need to charge less, produce more variety and go back to the style and build quality I believed they would carry through with from the start.