It is always sad to see broken toys, not matter what line or how old they are.
Yes. I'll say it: "Parts Boxes" at toy shows make me sad.
But there's often the flip side which is a kid really loved the thing and played with it until it broke.
And that's a good thing.
Toys are meant to be played with by kids and not put on shelves to collect dust and never to be touched.
I think I may donate some of the Energon stuff to Toys For Tots or something.