I really disliked a lot of the V1 design (the head, the hip kibble, the thin legs, etc.), so I passed on all those without a second thought. V2 certainly carried over some flaws from V1, but it hit the point where I felt it looked good, looked like the characters, and had no flaws that were dealbreakers. So since V2 already hit the point of being good enough to get me to invest in them, I think V3 would have to hit a pretty high bar to get me to consider it.
I guess these are probably the bare minimums it would take to get me to consider it. Most of these should be no-brainers.
- Better body proportions. Less cockpit, more everything else.
- A better handling of the cockpit. Have the entire cockpit on his chest? Fine. Have only part of it with both the top and bottom truncated? Fine. But the MP-11 design, where only the bottom gets cut off, just doesn't quite look right.
- Better hips. I'm pretty good with the MP-11 legs from the mid-thigh swivel down, but the top of the thighs need work.
- A much better way of handling his sides. The side pieces swiveling up to fill in where the cockpit was works, but I think they're the worst part of the design in practice.
- Wings that more naturally blend with the body. I appreciate how the wings sweep up, but don't particularly like the gap created when you swivel them up. I could do without the points hanging down too.
- Detachable guns. I can appreciate the concept of the guns remaining attached during transformation, but it's just not worth it.
- Better feet. MP-11's feet are ok, but they can certainly do better.
- A fun, reasonable transformation. Maybe the most important thing. MP-11 was still in the era where I could transform it a couple times with the directions, put him aside for a few years, and then come back and easily transform him from memory. With more recent MPs, I keep the instructions where I can get to them any time I decide to transform them. If this is an overly complicated mess involving folding each tail fin 7 times in just the right sequence so it can be stashed away where it won't ruin that perfect Sunbow silhouette, I'm almost certainly out. I can deal with that when I have to, but I'm betting this is the one that's going to have me deciding MP-11 is the better choice, just like how I prefer MP-10 over MP-44.