its a long time since City Commander made FansProject's name but it's still a good one. Protector is pretty nice, The Insecticons and the Headmasters and the Stunticons all make me put FP still at number 1. But they are getting some decent competition now.
iGear have definitely turned themselves around and kept getting stronger. They've got a lot of potential if they just keep doing more stuff like the MiniWarriors and the Ratchet and Ironhide. Keep improving too.
TFC's stuff looks good, no doubt, but it just isn't that much to my taste. MMC's line was like that, but the Predacons and SixShot have my attention. Perfect Effect have impressed me a lot, but I want to see them put out more complex things like the Reflector set than they seem to be planning. Optimistic for Black Arachnia though. A few of the add-on and accessory makers have been catching my eye as well. Full figures are great, but so are inexpensive improvements to retail ones, and Dr Wu and the like can really help a figure stand out.
I'd pick Maketoys as my 2nd favourite 3rd Party company. Haven't yet sold the kidney for Giant, but Powerglide and Seaspray are cool little guys and Battle Tanker is the best add-on armour set out there. It makes a figure I passed on twice into one of my favourites.
assembling a Neo-G1/TF:TM cast. Please PM if you have (or know of) the following at a reasonable price: Classics or Henkei Astrotrain, Ramjet, Sunstreaker, Sideswipe, Blurr, or 3rd Party Motobot Arcee, iGear Ratchet and Ironhide.
Also looking for Universe Repugnus and Overbite, Frostbite and Longhorn