RhA wrote:I know we think TF's are awesome, but what drives us to go out and collect these toys all the time? Why do we have such strong opinions on childrens toys and hoard 100's or even 1000's?
I'm not being a smartass here, I'm interested in what you think! Share your thoughts.
I always had a huge fascination with robots.
I also loved jungle animals & dinosaurs so merging them with robots is pure heaven.
These days I collect transformers because I'm fascinated how the toy technology gets more advanced as the years pass.
Personally Transformers toys appear to be the most complicated & advanced mass released toys worldwide.
I take apart several TF toys to do parts swaps between repeative recolors. Often times I wonder how do the factory machines get all those pressured springs/gears lined up inside those inner transformers toys. Examples some of the ROTF stuff like leader sized jetfire's chest assembly area with all the gears/springs. other examples CR/Rid Gigatron with all his pressured inner springs & gears. I OFTEN imagine the factory floors littered with pressured springs that flew out of the toys due to the machines being off & not properly adjusted that day.
I collect transformers these days because I view each new mold as a PURE WORK OF ART. since each mold is different,I think of them as paintings that were created to be treasured & enjoyed. THOSE TAKARA DESIGNERS LIKE THAT GUY WHO LOVES TO DO ALL THE NEW MOLD starscream toys,should add their signature names along with the company logo/patent year.
I haven't enjoyed the Media side of Transformers for a extremly long time. 1986 Season 3 & the 1986 movie were my all time favorites. every other TF cartoon afterwards has been a huge dissapointment.
the Cybertron came close to being awesome.
I only enjoy the micheal bay movies for the CGI robots scenes. I could care less about the annoying humans & plots.
As far as the comics goes. looking back the marvel G-1 TF comics had more bad stories/arc compared to great ones. G-2's comic was okay.
DW TF comics I really liked.
The IDW TF comics seem more miss than hit. the 2010 year was my least favorite TF comic year of all time. the 2011 IDW TF comic years seems to have a bit of hopeful great stories/arcs & better art.
As far as TF video games goes,I stopped playing video games around 1988. so can't comment on this area.
as far as buying TF clothes & bedroom accessories like sheets,curtains,THIS JUST ISN'T MY THING. I prefer to be a Secret TF fan. I don't like wearing a huge bulls eyes on my TF shirt that says: hey look i'm a Transformers fan.
As far as fan interaction goes. for me,it's always been more miss than hit. My ideas & preferences within the TF hobby often clash more than agree. often times my ideas are more different than others. recent example,my desire to have 10 MP TF toys released per year.
Since this is a TF "WHY do I collect" thread. I'll list my top 1 favorite TF toys from each TF toy line.
Generation one 1980's---Jetfire
Generation one Japanese takara----Overlord
Generation 2---Laser Rod optimus Prime
Beastmachines--- Ultra sized Jetstorm
Beastwars 2nd--- Galvatron
Beastwars neo--- Magmatron
CR/RID---A tie between gigatron & the optimus+ultra magnus combined super robot form.
Energon--- Leader sized Galvatron
Cybertron--- a three way first place tie between primus,leader sized galvatron & Metroplex. their all to awesome to decide upon a favorite #1
Animated---Leader sized Megatron
Classics 1.0-- deluxe rodimus
Classics 2.0--deluxe cyclonus
Movie verse----all the leader sized optimus prime toys.
alternators---Mirage,who I often like to refer to as Rid Sideburn.
titanium 6 inch--- rodimus prime.