Cybertron Toy Reviews: Hot Shot

in 2005, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Galaxy Force, Velocitron / Speedia

General Information:
Release Year: July 2005
Retailer: General Release (Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Bee etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Transformation Difficulty Level: 3
Accessories: Cyber Planet Key, Missile launcher, Missile

Hot Shot package art


*Image from the official Transformers web site.

Carded Package Tech Specs:
A natural leader with a lot yet to learn, HOT SHOT often races straight into danger at top speed. He takes great pride in the fact that he's the fastest AUTOBOT there is, but it isn't until he gets to the Speed Planet that he learns the true meaning of velocity. Faced by the almost unbeatable OVERRIDE, HOT SHOT needs to learn a whole new way of thinking about acceleration before he can win the Great Race.

Strength: 8 Intelligence: 8 Speed: 8.5 Endurance: 8 Rank: 8 Courage: 9 Firepower: 8 Skill: 9

Wal-Mart Exclusive Mini-Con Package Tech Specs:
Hot Shot always thought he was the fastest, most skilled racer in the Universe, until he got to the Speed Planet. But he never even suspected the blistering speed of which he was capable until Optimus Prime teamed him up with Mirage. Brought to the Speed Planet under the protection of Hot Shot, Mirage was originally badly homesick for his compatriots Downshift and Dirt Boss, until he saw the perfect raceways of this new planet. Now, the two have formed a fast friendship, and a nearly unbeatable racing team.

Each Cybertron deluxe figure in this wave came with a Cyber Planet Key with a key code printed on the back. Entering this code into the official Transformers web site brings up a sketch of his vehicle mode and the following text: Talk about FAST! Until he went to Speed Planet, Hot Shot was the fastest car on Cybertron. He was so fast that if he revved his engine and gunned it, he could drive up the side of a building practically defying gravity!

Cybertron Hot Shot is the US release of the Galaxy Force Exillion figure. Aside from the code printed on the back of the Cyber Planet Key, this seems to be a direct re-release of the Japanese version of the figure. His plastic color and deco are the same on both versions.

Hot Shot was originally released as a carded figure. In the winter of 2005 he was released in new packaging with a Mini-Con and Tiny Tin carrying case. This included a new bio transcribed above.

Final Thoughts:
My thoughts on Hot Shot mirror those of Exillion so for details check out the Exillion review.