I got this figure this weekend and I was truly excited to get my hands on him (just started collecting). Upon freeing him from his package and transforming him to robot mode I was SO disappointed! He looked like complete crap. Now I wasn't expecting much as far as painting detail and I did buy him to repaint, but the level of crappiness of the mold/figure itself blew my mind. I knew he was a deluxe and not on par with the leader class size, but I expected him to at least appear as large as (premium) Ironhide. I suppose his overall height does compare to Ironhide's, but he looks like a midget next to him. I don't believe that Blackout's head is even as big as Ironhide's hand! Anyway, let down by the shrunken toy version of towering Blackout here's my repaint. I do like him better now, though his smallness is still a pain to my eyes. (pic quality isn't too great, one day I'll drop the cash for a real camera!) The darker, alt mode pieces are gun metal and obviously the lighter shades are silver. Put some copper highlights here and there to make things stand out a bit more. I left his head alone, since it just seemed too small to even attempt to paint.