I get the idea that you are not using grids for work!
Are you working on an imported 100% original frame? (taken from the database)or you resized it? Because the original frame is blurred and this may cause a problem in the final remastering!
-The gate metal shade is too round, try using higher contrast color shades on the edges.
Blob is really cool!!
-Only thing missing is the original "light blue pixels", which seems to be water trails to me (it comes out a liquid tube, after all!)
I was aligning it actually, I seemed to resized it by accident.... I'll fix it.
Yes, I am using the original sprite at its exact size, but jpgs and all other image formats get blurred when imported into flash...same thing happened with the platform.
I'll get back to work on the shading.
As for the blob, I didn't add anything else because, like you said before not to add any bubbles and such which I think it is.... but if there is anything else wrong with it, please let me know.