Whether one finds it a positive or not, we are interested in a usually long-term and costly hobby. Some figures that we want are worth too much for us to afford, others haven't been made yet and won't be for a number of years. A short term solution is to find stand-in figures to temporarily fill the gaps. I virtually never buy stand-ins anymore, after discovering how difficult it is to sell them off once the real deal arrives, but nevertheless, I still have a few and I'm interested in hearing what everyone else has. For my own: Energon Shockblast for Classics Shockwave G1 Soundwave for Classics Soundwave (prefer Voyager size and Masterpiece cassettes) FOC Blaster for Classics Blaster (see above) Platinum Edition AOE Optimus trailer until I find a U.F.O. Annular for a decent price In the past: WFC Megatron for Classics Megatron Universe 2003 Ratchet for Classics Ratchet Prime Kup for Classics Brawn Prime Hot Shot for Classics Skids Arms Micron Wildrider and Rumble as Classics Wildrider and Dead End To clarify, this isn't quite the same as repurposing - a stand-in is a figure that you bought when thinking something along the lines of "I'm fed up of waiting, this'll do", rather than one which you bought with confidence, and then replaced later (e.g., remember when we all thought FOC Bruticus was the be-all-end-all?).