When I was kid, I've never been really close to robot toys. Dreaming and drawing them was enough for me (as may conclude the smart one who stole one of my rough book full of robots, aliens and spaceships / collector item today then ;) ) since they were quite rare and expensive here in France.
It's while becoming a teenager that I left my desires respond to the call of the market. This was near around 1984, after Grendizer came on the air like a tsunami in our young heads, and I started collecting them. Ahem... I mean, started to bought some up to dates robot toys. That may explain why there are so much zoids in my collection.
Becoming a young adult makes some of your passions futile. At the end of the 80's, it was a bit hard for me to explain to girlfriends why there were about 130 plastic and metal companions already in the room we were supposed to be alone... I left the robot passion for more biological researches ;).
Untill 2003, there was some moment I was thinking of getting some of those wonders hidden in dark and cold of mum's cave to make 'em see light... and also see if it look ridiculous to me now or as fascinating as in good old time. Life changes made me fall back in the robot collection syndrome then, with a more mature vision. Before, I wasn't interested by those so overpriced vintage tin toys. Now I've got a different look on me, knowing what are the objects that are missing to me nowadays, and imagining the feelings of all those lucky kids of the 50's, 60's and 70's discovering engeenired objects made for the sole purpose of entertainment. Waow !
As I write this, in 2009, my collection exploded some hundreds to count. Yep, "exploded" because I can't stand on just one kind of roboto. There are some I like, some I dislike, just a matter of taste, no era. So I love my Rover The Space Dog from 50's as I'm fascinated by my 21st century GunBuster GX-39 chogokin, and amused by cheap look of Jumbo Machinders from 70/80's. I like when it's styled and don't care about value (even if it keeps some items definitely away from me, mmh, Radicon Robot ?...).
Sometimes I watch my collection with each robot as replacement to those friends we lost (from view or in other manners). That's strange...