Masterpiece Transformers. Just a few years ago, these were novelty pieces at most. Today as I type this, this toyline has become front and center with my collection. I'm primarily a Generation One collector first and foremost, but I've even placed that on hold in lieu of collecting Masterpiece Transformers primarily.
Why? I'm glad you asked!
The first reason I am putting everything on (relative) hold is available expendable cash . . . or the lack thereof. Let's face it - Masterpiece Transformers are pretty expensive. I don't have unlimited cash, so I'm not a collector who can collect these and a lot else of, well . . . anything.
Secondly, these are just the figures I want now. That's simple enough, right? It is for me.
Just to have a third point (because I'm sure there are more), they're "adult collectibles". Are G1 figures "toys"? The answer is, yes. Are any "TRANSFORMERS" action figures "toys"? Sure. However, Masterpieces are designed much less with a child (5-12 years old) in mind and more for adults (18+).
So, there you have it - a very brief statement of my rationale for collecting Masterpices Transformers!