I didn't have any of those problems with Ironhide. Mine worked fine. Maybe get yours exchanged or something. As for collecting, I'm playing the waiting game. I didn't really start actively collecting until Animated/ROTF, but even then, I don't own much from those lines. I much preferred the stuff in the Generations/HFTD/RTS lines. I really liked the animated show. It was fun, I do regret not picking up a few of the cooler figures though. As for Prime, I'm on the other end of the spectrum. I really like it. At times, episodes will feel like filler, but I think a lot of it is introductory and will pan out in the future. The toy line looks amazing. It might be the only line that I will be a completist in.