Thanks to Hydra from the Allspark.com, I was able to acquire what just may be the rarest of the Headrobots Cobra repaints: Nightrider. Since I first laid eyes on the original prototype (in "neutral" greys) for this great little mold, I always wanted to see it in darker, more menacing tones, rather than the bright tan/yellow & green of the normal release. Nightrider seemed to be my wish coming true (not quite - more on that in a moment). The color scheme is intended as a dual homage to both Black Zarak (which makes sense, as this is an exclusive made for the Hero Gangu Kenkyujo store in Osaka, Japan) and, oddly enough, the 80's action series Knight Rider. Japan's most notorious Gold Plastic Syndrome example *AND* THE HOFF given a nod in one figure? I had to order one, despite the slight markup (and the fact that I do not own a Black Zarak ). Hey, there are only 200 of these in existence! That's pretty darned rare. And he's Black! And Red! And GOLD!!! Err... well, that's what the promo pics seemed to indicate, anyway. Now, I wasn't expecting gold plastic, since this guy didn't need to take the Black Zarak homage THAT far (I like my toys not to crumble, thanks), but the NEON YELLOW was a bit of a shock when I opened the package this morning. The closest match to this color in person that I have on a figure nearby is the roof of Classics Sunstreaker. Yeah, THAT yellow. Like I said, I don't own a BZ, but from pictures I've seen online, the yellow here will not at all match that gold. So, if you're buying this as an accessory for your somehow NOT broken BZ, you may be disappointed. I was hoping for yellow plastic covered with gold paint. I suppose I could go ahead and try some customizing...but considering only 200 of these little figures exist, I'd rather not alter it in any way. So, paint gripes aside, on to the good stuff: a NEW accessory. Nightrider (and the upcoming Cobra Commander themed "Snake," as well as another rumored variant) comes with a nifty dual cannon that can attach to the figure in SnakeTank mode, adding some much needed firepower. The weapon also includes a peg which seems like it could fit very nicely in many G1 figure hands. I haven't tried it out yet, but Targetmasters in particular should be able to fit it no problem. The plastic somehow "feels" better than the other two releases of this mold so far. I doubt that's actually the case, but something about the nice matte black just makes handling it a joy. I'll add more thoughts tomorrow, but I wanted to get some pics up. Enjoy!