Cybertron Toy Reviews: Hot Shot (Legends)

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

General Information:
Release Year: August 2005
Retailer: Speciality Stores (Walgreens, Meijer's etc.)
Price: $4.99 (Depending on Retailer)
Accessories: None

Images:

Tech Specs:
Young race champion of the Autobots.

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

Somewhere in the halls of Hasbro and Takara, it was declared that every Transformer line needs its hot shot young character. For Cybertron, Hot Shot fills this role, making him a natural choice for the first wave of Legends of Cybertron toys.

Robot Mode:
Hot Shot surprised me in that he is actually rather large for a Legends of Cybertron figure. What he lacks in bulk he makes up for in height. Some of this is a bit of an illusion thanks to his long arms and the backpack section. Hot Shot was clearly a design homage to the G1 Hot Rod toy, and this sculpt makes sure to include the critical details of that homage. The "collar" on the chest is there, the triangular designs on the legs and the triple wrist mounted blasters on each arm are all present. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the "spoiler ends" on the back were also present. Combined with other details such as the visor on his forehead and layers on the chest, Hot Shot has a cool looking robot mode.

Hot Shot is primarily sculpted in light blue and red plastic. An Autobot symbol is tampographed onto the chest. Gold and grey are used for paint details, but rather sparingly. Grey is used the most, found on his chest, waist and arms. The gold is found on the inner arms (in an attempt to substitute for the translucent yellow used on the larger toy) and on the forehead. I would have liked a bit of color on the legs, but all things considered he looks good.

Hot Shot has six points of articulation in this form. The best two are the shoulders and legs, all on ball joints.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the spoiler pieces in and rotate the backpack piece around.
  2. Swing the shoulder pieces up over the head and connect them.
  3. Swing down the robot arms.
  4. Push the two legs together.
  5. Push the legs up.

Vehicle Mode:
Hot Shot is very sleek in vehicle mode, and that often time can lead to a lack of detail. However, Hot Shot has quite a bit of detail, from front to back. The front has vents on the hood, the sides have nice angular cuts in the plastic. The back section is the most ornate, comprised of a lot of tech detail (where the Planet Key would attach in the larger toy). You can even swing out the spoiler pieces to give him more of that G1 Hot Rod look as well.

Where the vehicle mode winds up looking plain is not the sculpt, but rather the color scheme. Metallic gold makes up the windows and headlights, again in place of translucent yellow from the larger toy. However, that is all the coloring you get. The rest is just plain blue, and that looks rather boring. I would have much preferred the engine get some type of silver detailing, or perhaps the lights at the rear of the vehicle could have been painted.

Final Thoughts:
While the paint job on this figure is disappointing in vehicle mode, it is still a very cool mini-representation of the larger toy. I am glad so much of the G1 HOt Rod homage elements remain in the robot mode and the sculpted details are appreciated. Recommended with some minor reservations.