With three third party incarnations of Overlord and... five? six? versions of Six Shot, some still yet to be released, one has to wonder why Black Shadow (Sky Shadow, whatever you want to call him) has yet to receive the same love. Not just as the third member of the phase-sixer trio, but as an iconic character from Transformers Victory, a series that has steadily been gaining more love in recent years. While the Titans Return version is a GREAT figure in his own right, and being able to re-enact his death scene in the comics thanks to the removable legs is a neat bonus, he does look a little odd standing next to the likes of, say, Carnifex and Hexatron. Plus, he's just a little too boxy for my taste, especially in the legs. I think it's only a matter of time before someone in the third party scene whips up their own ka-rayzee take on the character. So... what's your ideal, dream not-Black Shadow you hope to see in the future? What would he look like? How big would he be? How complex should his transformation be? Should he keep the pretender/crossformer gimmick or just be a sturdy chunk of giant robot man? Which 3rd party company do you think would do the nicest job? Masterpiece or chug? IDW or some other flavor? The choices are yours. As for me, if MMC gets to him first, I'd like him to be a head taller than Hexatron, but not as tall as Carnifex. In any case, closer to the former's eight than the latter., but still pretty darn big. That wingspan, man. Looks like Iron Factory's already won the race. I'd like his look to fall somewhere between the original Victory version and the Titans Return version, with a lean build and sleek limbs that aren't necessarily fleshy, but still have a streamlined, muscular shape to them. Long legs, big pointy feet, arms that look ready for boxing, maybe give him spikes that sort of resemble brass knuckles. Also, guns that look waaay too big for him like the Generations' deluxe version. He should have SOME bulk, but he doesn't need that much to be imposing and scary, since he'd already tower over many other figures. I'd like for the wings to be adjustable in various little ways, like Garatron's Thunderstorm's wings (we'll touch upon that figure again in a moment) for more expressive posing. Point them up to make him look angry, for example. If another company like, say, GCreations made their own Black Shadow, I'd be fine with him being taller, since it looks like their not-Sixshot and MMC's Carnifex could be around the same height, anyway. Then you'd just have three super-tall dudes. Speaking of Thunderstorm, it's easy to imagine Garatron simply repainting/remolding him and releasing their own not-Black Shadow, but I dunno... He's cool as $%#&, and probably the most badass representation of Thunderwing we'll ever see, but I just don't think those big honkin' shins and the Ultra Mode fit Black Shadow as a character anywhere near as much as they fit an already strange, alien being like Thunderwing. However, given how simple Black Shadow's transformation has always been (even in Titans Return), I'd like for the engineering of the alt mode to be similar to Thunderstorm's (not necessarily how it looks, though. Again, it fits Thunderwing's character, but not so much Black Shadow's. I'd like him to be more "together", not so spread out.). Something along the lines of that or Energon Megs would be complex enough for me, just... you know, SOMETHING more than lining up the arms and laying him face down like an arielbot. Some sort of pretender gimmick would also be neat, but I can live without it if a gimmick like that would make the overall figure suffer. I'd like to see how well a Masterpiece-ish figure could capture how he looked in the cartoon, but I'd honestly rather see some of that extreme chug flavor we've been seeing in the likes of Maketoys' Cross Dimension or TFC's more recent figures. Come to think of it, IF's Soul Reaper is already pretty darn close to my perfect imaginary figure, boasting many of the desired traits I've listed, including the adjustable wings and giant weaponry. He's just really small. Oh well. Still charismatic as all hell, that's for sure. So, what do you want? What do you hope to see when this guy DOES eventually get his time in the limelight of the third party scene, and everyone starts releasing their own versions of him around the same time? Sound off!