I was 8 years old in 1984 and the original Transformers craze hit me along with all the other kids at the time. That Christmas I asked for Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave. And that Christmas Santa Claus brought me ... Huffer
Well, of course at the time I didn't realize it but Transformers were the hot toy and sold out everywhere. My parents tried but couldn't find all the popular toys I wanted. They made up for it 2 years later on Christmas of '86 when I got Cyclonus, Scourge, Kup, Blurr, and the big guy, Metroplex. So it turns out my parents did love me after all!
I was first drawn in by the cartoon and toys, but after the cartoon ended I started collecting the comic and eventually tracked down every US issue (including G.I. Joe vs Transformers, Headmasters, The Movie Comic, and Transformers Universe, but I never found the 3D ones). Fast forward to when I was in grad school in the late '90s and Beast Wars popularity was in full swing which got me excited about Transformers again. I also discovered eBay and found a helpful Brit willing to sell her large collection of UK Transformers comics, so I've got a lot of those too. I've stayed mostly current with all the comics released in the US since then from Dreamwave through to the current IDW books.