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  1. Not all of the cheaper online stores ship outside the US, so the existence of cheaper stores can be somewhat moot. Additionally, just for an example, I once ordered a humungous crateload of stuff from BBTS, had it shipped across the world to Australia, delivered to me personally at work, and even with all the shipping charges and courier delivery it was still less than half what I would have paid locally in stores. Some items were a third the price. So for me, at least, 'overpriced' online stores are comparatively very, very cheap.
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    Omega Supreme

    I'd like to see Omega have an altmode vaguely resembling the Space Battleship Yamato. Gun arm as the bow, claw arm and thrusters as the rear, legs and body making up the hull, cover the whole thing with point defense systems and some long guns.
  3. As a collector since '84, I've picked up figures over the decades from many lines, both original and modern. And given a choice between an 80s figure and one from nearly three decades later, I will nearly always pick the latter. It's not just the complexity of transformation, it's things like better plastic, better joints, and the subtle advantages which come with twenty-plus years of design experience. That isn't to say I'll always pick the recent stuff. I don't tend to collect great swathes of new material every time a new line comes out - I'm more likely to pick up one or two figures I think work well from an engineering standpoint. Sometimes that means leaving the marketing-driven toys crowding the shelves altogether, and wandering the backlots of eBay and TF swapmeet sites for something simple, solid, and classic from the late 80s or early 90s. And yes, they tend to come with easier transformations. Sometimes it's just fun to have something to fiddle with, even if it's a plastic brick the size of my forearm. So while I lean towards the modern era, I can see the appeal of the earlier generations. Clunky they may be by comparison, but they don't have quite the same cognitive demand, and that's a fair factor to take into consideration.
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    Transformer KO's

    I've always wondered. Scan the things with a laser scanner, have new molds carved out by a CNC machine based on the scans. It wouldn't have to be fast, just fairly accurate. I wonder what it would cost from go to whoa?
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