We've all been there: You followed the news and pictures, maybe even joined the Megathread. You weighed the debates on design authenticity to the original versus innovation in the name of progress or a developers vision. You've agonized over your budget and collection... does this piece fit? Can I afford it? The video reviews look promising and SOMETHING, maybe a sale, maybe word of mouth, maybe the final colors or maybe fondness for the character tips you over the edge. Something in your brain goes 'CLICK' and before you know it, there is an expensive mass of plastic coming to your door. You tear the box apart, open the packaging you may or may not care about and spend the next hour or two in communion with your new purchase. You learn the Transformation, try dozens of poses, fiddle with all weapon and accessory options... And at some point, you realize this is a very different experience than you expected. Share some stories, good or bad, about a 3rd party purchase that did not end the way you expected, for good or bad. The only rule is, you need to have BOUGHT it: no fair messing with someone else's PE Warden you got to fiddle with for 30 minutes! A good one: The Toyworld Not!Throttlebots. I bought Grindrod on a whim, since the reviews were mostly positive and he was a cute little jeep robot. I fell in love with the chunky design and the fun transformation and then Aurora completely stole my heart. While I didn't like Trace as much as the first two, it is a fine figure and the trio of them are among my favorites transforming toys period... when I just expected to like Grindrod okay. A bad one: MMC Terminus Hexatron. Stop glaring, it is an excellent toy, poseable sturdy and handsome that does it's job very well. I will probably never part with it... but I expected to love the crap out of it. I had G1 Sixshot as a kid and it was one of my favorite toys. I was VERY excited during Hexatron's development, all the reviews looked good, it feels great in hand and... meh. I dunno. We never seemed to bond. I look up at him next to Herc and FP Menasor and wonder why we don't get along better.