Two days ago I bought, and less then two hours later, returned, Deluxe Brawl... because I just could not deal with the cheap plastic, poor articulation, and floppy shoulder pegs. In exchange I picked up Recon Barricade. I wasn't initially planning to get RB, because like many I believed the original Barricade color scheme was better, and I didn't have any need for a second of that mold, which I wasn't too terribly fond of to begin with. (Mittens + bad feet) Say what you like about the Grey + Blue, but while most of our Police Cars in the USA are Black and White...there are some countries in Europe whose police cars sport this very same color scheme, such as this German Brabus CLS Rocket. (AND YES, PEOPLE. I KNOW HOW TO READ. I'm not as stupid as some of you apparently think I am. I know the door reads "Security," I'm simply making a comparison/justification for anyone who thinks the colors are ridiculously unsuited for the figure. Jeez.) Anyways, I wanted a figure, and I had everyone else I even remotely wanted, so I went with this guy. He looked a little vanilla, even for a straight-up repaint of Barricade, so I gave him my standard hour-long-makeover-session using paint pens and markers. The results: Here he is in Vehicle mode, with the requisite Jin's Lightbar mod applied. Thankfully I had some spare blue LEDs lying around, so they match...though it's caught in mid-strobe here so they look uneven. I gave the hood vents a black wash then highlighted them with silver, and "dirtied up" most of the panels and panel lines to add some visual interest to the vast spanses of plain grey plastic. The dirty washes on the back. I filled in the SALEEN and license plate frame, then filled in the exhaust pipes and gave them a silver highlight. Plus in my mind, it resembles a filthy security vehicle used to driving patrols around the mall rather than being polished in the police garage. (Though it seems a little strange for someone to make a mall-cop-car out of SALEEN mustang.) For some reason, the one I got, the quality of the figure was pretty shoddy. The paint apps were adequate, but the figure just doesn't seem to want to stay together, and panels don't seem to want to line up as properly as they should without forcing another part out of position. On figures this complex, a pin situated even a fraction of a mm out of alignment can wreck the whole toy. Here's a closeup of his upper body in Robot mode. I did a marker wash on the hubcaps and bullbars to make them look at little more gunmetal -- We know Barricade was almost 100% black in the movie, but since this figure was never featured anywhere, I'm free to make up paint apps...which means minimizing the impact of the plain black plastic everywhere. I also did a gunmetal wash on the black forearms and fingers, but left deep black inbetween the fingers to try and help accentuate the fingers within the mittens. I used the Blue Roseart Colorsharp Metallic pen to highlight a lot of little areas, because the chrome blue is just different enough from the blue used elsewhere on the figure that it adds a slight contrast while adhering to a coherent color scheme. Another technique I commonly use; I dabbed a q-tip with the black Uchida Marvy to get a little paint on it, then squirted a little goo-gone on it, and sponged the insides of the grey body panels with the diluted paint. If you flip over the q-tip, the clean end can then be used to brush off the highlights before it dries. A close-up of his head. I added just a few little paint apps, again to help break up the monotonous black. His clear eyes got a little bit of a red sharpie dusting with a very faint silver highlight on the pupil. If you look carefully you can see the slight (and intentional) variation between the factory metallic blue and the Colorsharp metallic blue on the eyebrow ridge. A close-up of the hips and thighs. These large grey pieces benefited the most from the black wash, really bringing out the detail lines and sculptural details you couldn't see on the all-black Barricade. In the back, of course, the guts for the light bar mod. Something I noticed you CAN do, if you're so inclined...is to turn his calves 180º around backward, so his rear windshield halves become shin guards...it doesn't look too terrible... and certainly doesn't hurt the figure's already crippled ability to pose. Additionally, it makes the figure look an awful lot (in color and aesthetic) like Camshaft. Remove/cover the decepticon decals and give the boy a new head and it would be quite easy to pass him off as the Autobot...I might look into that. And of course, I had to show a little love to his gimpy little sidekick, true-blue RIRFIB Frenzy. I just washed and swabbed him to make him look less day-glo blue, and accentuated his panels with blue Colorsharp. In a nod to the original G1 Frenzy, I hit up his eyes and other highlights with gold Uchida Marvy, which becomes a nice strong enamel once it dries. I also drilled then carved out his little claws, although really it's a little pointless since he'll probably never leave RB's chest for any reason. In conclusion... like this figure passably enough, I suppose... moreso than I did before I touched him up...though I swear, it would have taken SO LITTLE to make this figure really awesome -- just nice posable ball and socket joints on his feet, and trading the retarded Punching Arm gimmick for some actual HANDS that aren't molded into mittens. A shame, as he's my favorite character and design from the movie... C'mon Leader Barricade with articulated fingers!