I said less than average....my toy experience was a mix of the comments above. We weren't well off, so I didn't get many Transformers, but I loved them immensely. It was the complexity of a transforming figure, I loved the ingenuity....I still do to this day, I still claim they are the best toys ever created and will be unmatched for some time....anyways not to go off on a tangent. I watched all the 80's programs but really only liked MOTU and TF's, so my wishes weren't grand but I only got a few from my parents and only on B-days and Christmas I think 5 in total over the course of 5 yrs, they weren't so much interested in what I liked, they just bought toys to keep me occupied..it's sad really. Many a time I heard the "you can get that when your older and working and have your own money", so I started working as young as I could and then bought them with that and saving allowances. I think I maybe had 15-20 total over that period, but those around me had tons and didn't have to work (I wasn't old enough to have a "job" job I was a kid under 10 during the era). I too could never figure out how kids could just smash things. I cherished the figures I had...and then the irony was my parents made me give them all away even though I bought most of them...it was awful, because the family I gave them to had no reference to the toys so I knew they were going to be destroyed within days, only one made it into my collection today. I even bought a few G2's when they came out, as I missed my originals...eventually started collecting again when I got that "adult money"!! LOL Did it influence my collecting habits...sure to a degree, but I was always so careful with my possessions because I knew they would never be replaced unless I did it, so I think it affected my discipline and sense of value more. I don't buy excessively, but I did want to see if I could complete G1 in some form and so that's what I'm working towards .