Megatron, Galvatron, Shockwave, and to a lesser extent Sixshot. These are the bots that cross that taboo territory of gun alt-modes and Hasbro has not dared go near those alt-modes since their original toys 30 years ago. While I absolutely loath the easy solution of making these bots into tanks, jets, or other vehicles, I would be perfectly happy with a gun mode that wasn't so realistic that a cop might think it's real if I step outside with it. That said, I'm NO fan of the Classics nerf style winged Megatron; (Though I dislike the wings far more than the nerf aspect.) Let's discuss these controversial bots and how we might maintain the spirit of the characters whilst playing nice with today's "toy gun laws." We'll go from easiest to most controversial bot: Sixshot: TR Sixshot doesn't have the traditional gun mode from the G1 version in an official capacity, but it does appear to be very doable nonetheless. I think we can just check him off the list. Galvatron: Also successful, the TR Galvatron pulled off the G1 character even better than the original toy. I could do without the jet mode though. The opposite of masterpiece... Shockwave: I honestly don't get why Shockwave's gun mode is never revisited. Yes, there's the CW legends mini-Shockwave, but cmon... Shockwave is supposed to be a towering presence. In any case, I don't think anyone would mistake a purple hexagonal space gun for a real firearm. If we really must get away from the handgun concept, I've always thought of Shockwave as a big space cannon--even bigger than Galvatron. Something like this: Although of course more purple and hexagon-ish. Megatron Now we get to the hardest sell. The original G1 Megatron alt-mode flat out will not fly in 2016, and as mentioned at the beginning of this post, I'm fine with not risking a megatron being mistaken for a real gun and the resulting consequences. So how do we maintain the spirit of the original gun mode without taking the easy route of just making Megatron a tank/jet ? Well one third party bot maker came up with a gun alt-mode that I think would really do the job: This Megatron figure is actually more TF Prime inspired, but still it does the job quite well. The more mechanical aesthetic makes him look more menacing while at the same time not looking like a real firearm. The other thought is, how can we maintain that same gun mode spirit in a form that stays away from the handgun concept entirely? Although it may encroach on Galvatron's territory a little bit, I was thinking something like a Howitzer: There's also a lot of room here to make it a more menacing gun and maybe add the functionality to be useable as an arm cannon for another Decepticon.