I remember when I first saw a Metroplex toy. It was upstairs in Boots in the months before Christmas and it left a deep impression on my young mind - a very big robot, that turned into some sort of field operations base, and a sort of rolling combat juggernaut thingy. I knew what I wanted for my Christmas that year and come Christmas day, when I came down and found him standing guard over the rest of my presents I was most pleased.
Since that day I have had rather a liking for Metroplex. Not only is he a very large and imposing looking toy, but he has lots and lots of play-value. He turns into a base that can interact with smaller toys - and as I had a fair few Mini-bots this was a great thing - comes with smaller robots that work along side him and has flip-out weaponry and stuff. All of this was quite impressive to a youngster. The articulation that he had (mostly courtesy of the joints needed for the transformation) is pretty good as well. As I have aged I have come to appreciate the face-sculpt even more - it has a lot of character to it somehow.
Metroplex ended up as my defacto Autobot leader for a while (taking over from Grimlock), and made for a natural opponent to the rogue element of Galvatron (when Soundwave's Decepticon forces weren't trying to perpetrate some nefarious scheme).
As an adult I look back at Metroplex and realise that I am still quite fond of him. Perhaps not for the same reasons - now it is the quality of the sculpt and the cleverness of the engineering - but he is still a toy I have a lot of fondness for. Of all of the base-formers that I have had a chance to play around with - Maximus, Skorponok, Trypticon - I'd say that Metroplex is the one that stands the furthest out of the pack.
I had a similar Christmas experience to Karlos. 'Cept I got him for my birthday (just before Christmas). I share the general good feeling for this toy. He rocked a fat one, especially back then. The size and the playability were off the scale. Darn good toy.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.