In the last week I've finally acquired two of my most serious grails: pieces I had been looking for a couple of years. First, I finally got my hands on a very nice and very complete Liokaiser
! Arguably the best Transformers combiner ever: and I can finally testify that it is indeed very good (although it doesn't surpass G1 Devastator imho)
And secondly, I had been after a MISB Classic Heroes version G1 Wheeljack for a very long time. One was listed om eBay since somewhere last year, but at a BIN price that ensured I wouldn't buy it. In the meantime, last year one other appeared on eBay, I bid a pretty large sum on it but lost out at the last minute. Then, due to the buyer not coughing up, it got relisted(!) and again I bid a large sum on it and again lost out. Last week however, the one I had been watching for the too high BIN price was finally taken down by the seller, who changed ot to a real auction item. Once again I bid on it, and... I finally won it, for a much more comfortable price!
Funny thing is, when it was still on eBay as a BIN, I actually contacted the seller to ask if he'd sell it for a slightly lower price than he had it listed at. He refused, but now I will actually be paying him less than my offer was at the time!