Why are you in to Transformers at all? Came up in casual conversation the other day and it's generally something I answer with "Cos I like robots." Which is True, any sort of mechanical entity I like, your cyborgs, androids, mechs etc...but then I wondered why I've continued to be really invested in the brand since an early age? I was born in 1985 so a year after Transformers came out, one of earliest memories is watching an episode of "Generation 2" i.e. the Generation 1 cartoon with random CGI "cybercubes" flitting in an out. I think it was the Girl Who Loved Powerglide. I dunno why THAT episode sticks in my mind, possibly because of how daft it was. My first Transformers that I remember were hand-me-downs from my cousin. Hot Rod, an incomplete Ultra Magnus (so not able to make him into his full mode), a broken Blitzwing (no turret), Springer, and the Aerial Bots which were complete but I never figured out how to put him together as I didn;t have the instructions and was about 4-5 at this time and nobody told me they could do that. I later acquired a pretender Starscream, who was my favourite, and an Action Master circuit. I may have had more but those are the ones I remember. I kinda forgot about them as I grew up, but watched Beast Wars when it was on CITV at the weekend and bank holidays. The toys were passed on/lost I moved on, got really into gaming on my Mega Drive etc...and I didn't really start to notice or get back in to Transformers until Robots in Disguise/Car Robots came back. Started buying the toys again etc, and from then on I never really looked back, just got more and more in to it again. I can't really remember what drew me to the franchise when I was so young, I assume it was the start of my "robots are cool" thing, but as I've I've started to appreciate it more. The idea of an alien civil war was intriguing, different to the standard "aliens are bad" shows you tended to get most times, even though a lot of those did kind of follow a similar route.The fact that the Transformers are more alien than your typical organic aliens. These guys live for millions of years, the entire span of human history is like a summer holiday to them. In IDW they've fought battles that have lasted longer than some civilisations! I think what also draws me to them is the fact that in terms of characterisations, the Decepticons seem to get a lot more attention than your typical villians. Oh sure in the carton they had their typical "scheme of the week" deal, but as time has gone on they've had more and more development. In the shows and especially in the comics. Hell if you would have told me ten years ago that in the comics, Megatron would actually be repentant about the war, and he was written with these feelings being believable, I'd have laughed. From a less plot based perspective I love the toys because of the engineering involved. Yeah talk about your 3rd parties and everything but I find it amazing how HasTak can consistently come up with new designs etc. that all work and they're far better than their competitors for the most part. I mean there's a reason GoBots don't really exist on their own any more (having being bought by HasTak ages ago). I mean after vehicles, Transformers did dinosaurs, animals, combiners, headmasters, targetmasters, etc etc...GoBots did rocks. So yeah, I think that covers it for the most part.