Well Said EmFalcon73! I was also in the key demographic for Transformers - I was 8 years old in 1984. I didn't collect comic books so my first exposure to Transformers was probably the cartoon. I was immediately hooked after watching the MTMTE mini series. My first Transformer was Thundercracker and I can still vividly remember getting him with my dad at our local department store. In fact, I pretty much remeber how and where I got all of my Transformers as a kid - they were that special. The same cannot be said about the other toys that I got in my childhood (Star Wars, He-Man, G.I. Joe, Mask etc.) However, after watching the first few episodes of Transfomers, all I could think about was getting Soundwave - he was easily my favorite Transformer. Fortunately for me, my mom was on top of things and I got Soundwave (along with Mirage, Prowl, & Trailbreaker) for Christmas in 1984: Thanks for the flap crease Mom! I haven't stopped since. Transformers have been a huge part of my life. There is just something magical to it - it's hard to describe. The history and characters are rich and there are just so many ways you can immerse yourself into the fandom. I don't think that I will ever stop. Postscript: Soundwave didn't last long as my favorite Transformer - he was overtaken by Grimlock (after just seven episodes!) I almost forgot - edgs2099 - your story had me cracking up!