Now I use the term relatively because in each wave there were chase figures that were usually packaged one per case. With two chase figures per wave that adds up to a lot of extra money. And if that weren't enough, starting with wave 3, Takara decided to start including build-a-figures in each wave, and these were released in either color, clear or pewter schemes as well. God help the poor bastard who tried to complete these build-a-figures and didn't buy them by the case as only one part came with each figure in the box. Thankfully the final two waves consisted of Legend of Micron (aka Armada) figures and no build-a-figures.
Of course as with most things I got caught up in the hype as well. I missed wave one, but managed to obtain cases of waves two, three and four in succession. Then I'm pretty sure I ran out of money; after all I was still in college. Even though the figures didn't transform I found them fun to collect and display. And of course it was always a thrill to find a chase figure, which only happened to me once I'm sad to say. I recently began picking up a few of these again, trying to fill the holes in my collection, but those chase figures are still elusive, even ten years later. Some are easier to find than others, but for the most part these things really seem to be holding their value.
|Some of my favorites: the Super God Masterforce figures.|
|More Japanese characters, from Victory.|
In all I think the line(s) were a success and would gladly have continued buying figures since there are so many that populate the G1 mythos. However as soon as the popular characters were exhausted the line was pretty much dead and I can see why. Hell, I think they released Convoy (Optimus Prime) no less than nine times and that doesn't even include Powermaster, Ginrai or Star versions. There is only so much Convoy one person can take.