9/4/2008: This is a quick edit to update this lists with some recent purchases.
This has been a good summer for transformer collecting. I've gotten to see the winding down of the Movie toyline while at the same time see the launching of two of the best TF toylines in a long time: Animated and Universe. Oh, and the last gasp of the Titanium Series is now hitting certain shelves, too.
Since I haven't been updating much lately, I figured I post an assessment sort of update, talking about where I am in the current lines and what's coming up that I'm really looking forward to. So, here we go:
As stated, the two current lines are Animated and Universe. Animated came out a few weeks earlier, and is a true "mainline" in the tradition of Beast Wars, Robots in Disguise, and the entire Unicron Trilogy. Universe hit a few weeks later and has fewer molds available, mostly because it's intended to be a supplementary line.
So, what do I have from Animated now? Roll call!
Voyager Optimus Prime
Deluxe Optimus Prime
Battle Begins Optimus Prime
Battle Begins Megatron
Leader Megatron (added 9/4)
And for Universe:
Prowl (added 9/4)
Legends class Starscream
So, that's where I stand. While I'd like to own just about each and every TF that's released, realistically that's not going to happen. However, there are many that I definitely want, come hell or high water:
Megatron (leader class, hopefully for birthday)
Ultra Magnus (also hopefully for birthday)
Shockwave/Longarm Prime (due out by Christmas)
Swindle (also Xmas)
Blurr (another Xmas release)
Activator Starscream and any of the repaints they do
Skywarp (added 9/4)
Here are the also-rans that I wouldn't mind getting:
Shadow Blade Megatron (leader class repaint for Xmas)
Supreme Optimus Prime
Blazing Lockdown (repaint/remold)
Stealth Lockdown (added 9/4)
As for Universe:
Onslaught (b-day list!)