Recently I've been looking at my collection of generation one figures and thinking about selling them. When I started collecting my goal was to collect every character that appears in the cartoon. I achieved this goal two years ago. I also have a lot of pretenders and other figures that never appeared but I liked from the comics. Now the reason I've been thinking of selling them has nothing to do with me not liking them anymore. When I look at all the masterpiece and generation figures I've collected over the years I realize I have a lot of characters in better versions, versions that I wish the figures were like when I was a kid. But they do not have the nostalgic value, or all the characters, I can't help but wonder why I have you originals. With that in mind I've been looking at some of my older figures. I've come to the realization I'm afraid to touch a lot of them. Be it figures that suffer from gold plastic syndrome, or figures that joins just seem way too tight after sitting on my shelf for a decade. I've seen figures that are yellowing, and made the mistake of taking helmets off of pretenders and having paint come with it. I was looking at my thunderwing and was way too afraid to move his wings to put him in jet mode as they were extremely tight. Another figure that has me worried is my shockwave, as his hose is known just to disintegrate. With all of this it is just got me thinking why do I have some of these nearly 30-year-old figures that I'm afraid to touch. It has made me ask the question. Do I hold onto them until they fall apart, or hold no value? Or do I sell them now and have money for future figures? Am I the only one who has thought of this? Am I the only one afraid to touch my generation one figures for fear of them breaking?