I was born in 1984, the year G1 first came out. But, other than catching a few episodes on repeat early before my main cartoons came out, I have almost no memory of G1. I remember one episode because it is the only one I saw twice... I think either Spike had to go back to Cybertron by himself because the autobots were sick. Ratchet was guiding him. That's it. I owned a single Action Masters Bumblebee, a Skywarp my grandma gave me, and later when I once got sick REALLY BAD with the flu (to the point I was actually hallucinating and my father almost took me to the hospital because I was so bad and my mom got sick too) my Great Aunt gave me a Doubledealer action figure (which I still have and thus why Dealer is my favorite of Transformers, natch). It would have been real easy for me to miss out on Transformers... except for Beast Wars. THAT is what brought me into the franchise. My first Beast Wars figure was, oddly enough, a Snarl figure because he was a Tazmanian Devil. I almost never got him because I passed on him once and couldn't find him for 6 months... it was only through dumb luck I found him again. After that I, oddly enough, never got show figures... I always liked the non-show stuff, like Torca (who I still have), a yellow dog, Bantor, Skyhammer, so on. But me and my brother loved that show... I remember us watching the Season 2 two-parter at Thanksgiving and being enthralled. Then, when RID came out, I fell out of the fandom again. Really didn't care... until the movie sucked me right back in. I loved the realistic alt modes, the alien designs, everything about it... just was so cool. I also started my career at a retailer around that time so I saw when the new toys came in so I was able to snatch up the concept camaro bee, things like that. Since then I have been damn near steady with Transformers. Why has kept me in the fandom is Generations and the films. I don't really like Prime or RID 2.0, and Animated was okay, but now most of my collection is movie stuff and Generations because I am heavy into the IDW comics, since about 9 years ago I really got into comics and now am friends with a bunch of people in the industry (Case in point... booster gold is my sig image. I have talked to his creator several times, gotten stuff signed, so on).