Well, I knew this day would come sooner or later. For a long time I entertained the thought of holding on to my toys for... some reason.
To give to my children? I doubt that day will ever come anymore, and they wouldn't appreciate them anyway in contrast with whatever new thing is out there now.
For cool factor? Maybe, but in all honesty most of my toys have been sitting in storage boxes, untouched for about the last 20 years. Half of the reason I haven't moved for so long is that I can't bear the thought of lugging them around again.
For value? Toys mature in value based on rarity and popularity trends; because of that, there is no better time to get rid of my Transformers than right now. Also, many of my vintage toys, regardless of condition, are opened and have very little likelihood of maturation at that point.
I'd long entertained the fantasy that one day I would break out all of my toys one last time, set up bases and have a war to end all wars, but the truth is that I have far too many toys and it sounds like a tremendous (if not a bit pathetic) undertaking to perform on my own and the time has passed when I may have liked someone to share in that one final moment of ultimate adolescence. So having sold through most of my incidental toys and knick-knacks over the last few years, I find myself reluctantly approaching those boxes that I've been saving for last (or later): GoBots and Transformers.
It's strange that I haven't given much thought to these toys in a couple decades, but looking at them now, a wave of sadness washes over me and how inevitably you lose everything that was once pure and innocent. Those times are gone and no matter hard you might try to reclaim them, the effort is ultimately futile. The joy of pulling out some of these toys after so long brings back a rush of memories and for a moment I am young and innocent again, but it is only after a few minutes that I become bored with them and the realization is that you can never go back to the way it was. I often wonder if the people trying to relive their youth by paying exorbitant prices to acquire vintage toys they used to have feel the same way I do after a few moments of looking at something I've merely kept sitting in a closet for ages.
With that being said, I am going to relive my own innocence one toy at a time for the last time. I'll be posting some toy reviews complete with pictures of stuff that I will be selling away, so if anyone is interested in them before they go to ebay or Carbomya or wherever, drop me a line when you see the reviews posted in here, or drop me a line if there's something specific that you're looking for.