When it comes to insane, flashy, over-the-top launchers, two immediately come to mind: GO Launcher's Next and TSF Shell. They're both about as "cutting edge" as it gets, and have a price tag to match – Next is roughly $16, while TSF is closer to $17. Still, if you're a fan of the latter (or have been on the fence about picking it up), it just got a pretty sizable update that brings a new dock, "desktop menu buttons," and some other "amazing" new features:

What's in this version:

Version 1.9.9 Ari 4th
1.Innovative Smart Dock (free size/position/direction/capacity).
2.Desktop menu buttons integrate in Smart Dock, easy operation and save desktop space.
3.Amazing Message widget.
4.Amazing Clock/Weather/Alarm clock widget.
5.Amazing desktop transition setting menu.
6.New efficient move or delete icon mode.
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8.Many known bugs fixed.

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Exhilarating, no? If TSF sound like just what the doctor ordered to cure your boring launcher blues (and you're willing to shell out nearly $20 for something different), you'll find it at the widget below.