Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 11:05AM CDT

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Around this time last week, Walmart.com placed an in-stock listing for their exclusive deluxe class Hot Rod figure from Transformers: The Last Knight. I was one of the lucky people who were able to purchase and ship the figure before it went out of stock over the next few days. I received my figure Monday, and have thoroughly enjoyed the figure, so I figured I would share some thoughts with you guys on why he's a good pick up from the line.

We'll start in robot mode, and truthfully, this may be his weakest point. His robot mode is not that bad, it just doesn't have too much exciting stuff going on. He has some beautiful paint work though, and I feel as though the figure is just right in terms of paint applications. The legs are beautifully done, and the orange and silver pop nicely with that smokey black color. My only real complaint of the overall robot mode look are the legs below the knees, which are the exact same as Age of Extinction Lockdown's legs, and don't match up with his movie model that well.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Looking at the headsculpt down below here, it is a nice headsculpt, and is quite movie accurate. It feels a little on the small side though, as if his head is sort of lost between his large shoulders. It does have some nice paint work though, as the whole figure does, and I am satisfied with it. It's sort of cute even.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

While he isn't the most posable of Autobots, he can still throw down a good move or 2, but the arm kibble can hinder his movements some. I also really wish he had come with his time gun, as it was a cool weapon. Even so, I still imagine him shouting "I will stop the time!" in his french accent while pointing in some dudes general direction.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

For the first comparison, here he is with the Age of Extinction 2-pack Bumblebee, as I do not yet have the new The Last Knight Bumblebee. Overall, the 2 look pretty good together, though I really look forward to seeing him with the new Bumblebee.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Also for fun, here is Hot Rod with the aforementioned Lockdown, and also with the Dark of the Moon Roadbuster and the Universal Studios Evac figures, all of which share a similar Transformation scheme to Hot Rod. These 4 figures together are an interesting team, and certainly show how some figures can transform similarly while still being drastically different.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

His Transformation is alright, nothing overly special. But the arms are a nice new trick, and one that I haven't seen before, so I like that little bit of ingenuity. But it is when we get to the alt mode that this figure really shines. The alt mode is perfect. Simply perfect. The vehicle mode is dead sexy and is so smooth and really doesn't look like it should be a robot. It is up there on my list for best alternate modes of any transformer I own, it is that good. The painted rims and the little bit of orange highlighting really helps the figure pop in this mode, and the translucent smokey windows are really cool, just enough so you know they are windows but not enough to really show anything inside. Amazing.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And here we have him with Bumblebee. The pair do look good together, and they scale pretty perfectly with each other. Again, I cannot wait to get the TLK Bumblebee to go with his brother in arms.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Here he is alone with Lockdown, as they both share a similar vehicle mode, and I have to say they did a much better job with Hot Rod. The coloring, the windows, the slightly larger size, it all looks much better with Hot Rod. They made it work.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And to continue with the early comparisons, here is the comparison of Hot Rod with Lockdown, Evac, and Roadbuster. And the same scheme but very different toys line applies here too, it is an amazing look.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And finally, a picture of Hot Rod with the main Autobot cast. Minus the Cogman I have yet to get and the Sqweeks I only just realized I forgot to include (whoops!). And he makes a great addition to the team:

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Overall, this is a pretty good figure. Alt mode is an absolute stunner, Transformation is pretty good with some original tricks, and the robot mode is pretty good too. My one thing about this toy is it doesn't overly follow his on screen appearance, seeing as how his on screen self was closer to Bumblebee with regards to where the alt mode parts went, such as having car door wings, but the figure is still a pretty good representation of the character. There are no regrets picking him up. He is a fun figure, and if you have the chance, you should check him out too.

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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914484)
Posted by TulioDude on October 4th, 2017 @ 11:35am CDT
I hope to find him soon,he looks pretty cool.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914485)
Posted by zodconvoy on October 4th, 2017 @ 11:48am CDT
Picked mine up from Walmart on Monday after having it shipped to the store. It's a pretty good figure. It's a nice little oddity on my Rodimus shelf.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914486)
Posted by nycPrime on October 4th, 2017 @ 11:48am CDT
Hey D-Max, does the back of your HR (his shoulders) tab in tight in car mode? Mine seems to not tab in very securely. Only flaw imo.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914487)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 4th, 2017 @ 11:49am CDT
nycPrime wrote:Hey D-Max, does the back of your HR (his shoulders) tab in tight in car mode? Mine seems to not tab in very securely. Only flaw imo.

They're slightly loosey goosey, but they hold well. They may move out a 1/16 of an inch either direction, but no issues there.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914547)
Posted by NeonPrime on October 4th, 2017 @ 5:21pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
nycPrime wrote:Hey D-Max, does the back of your HR (his shoulders) tab in tight in car mode? Mine seems to not tab in very securely. Only flaw imo.

They're slightly loosey goosey, but they hold well. They may move out a 1/16 of an inch either direction, but no issues there.


Ditto. Mine are pretty loose but stay in place. The biggest issue I had was getting the arms to tab into the car hood. After playing around with it for awhile I was able to get the hang of it so the vehicle mode is pretty solid ;)
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914607)
Posted by Va'al on October 5th, 2017 @ 3:45am CDT
Along with the bizarre listing on Amazon.com of the supposedly Walmart exclusive (as Autobots Unite) Transformers: The Last Knight Hot Rod, it looks like another version of the character is appearing on the online retailer too - Legion class Hot Rod. Check out the listing, which is currently marked as unavailable, and the images below!

[quote] Legion Class Autobot Hot Rod figure
Designed with eye-catching detail
Smaller-scale figure that features classic Transformers conversion
Converts between robot and sports car modes
Converts in 5 steps
Includes Transformers: The Last Knight Legion Class Autobot Hot Rod figure and instructions. [/quote]





Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914699)
Posted by william-james88 on October 5th, 2017 @ 12:52pm CDT
By any chance, could it be that these listings are just there for secondary sellers to resell the Walmart ones of product from Asia? There are listings out there of products that Amazon never stocked, and only exist at the behest of sellers who use amazon as a platform and these might be the same.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914700)
Posted by william-james88 on October 5th, 2017 @ 12:54pm CDT
Along with Megatron, Dragonstorm might be the most sought after legion class figure from the Transformers: The Last Knight line. It is one of the few new molds in this class as well as the only toy of a fully new character. So I wanted to look more closely at this toy which has a lot to offer, with it being one of the few new toys of a character specific to this film line.

As far as legion class toys, this one is very ambitious in what it tries to accomplish. It's a three headed dragon and only one set of limbs is shared between the dragon mode and robot mode since two of the dragon heads make up the robot arms. That means the front dragon legs and one of the three long dragon necks/heads are not used for the robot mode and must be out of the way. I make no exaggeration when i say that this toy ends up being more complex than Transformers Prime's Beast Fire Predaking, another dragon Transformer. This differs from many other legion class toys by also having coming with a weapon (something even legends class Generations toys don't come with these days), and the wings have two hinges each for them to be articulated and positioned in different ways for each mode. Plus, there is a nice amount of red and gold paint which makes the robot mode look more painted than most toys nowadays.







He is not without his flaws though. The main problems with this toy are in dragon mode. The way they made this toy, the dragon always seems to be crouching. It makes him look very unintimidating. Plus, the two dragon necks that become arms cannot go very high and match the height of the central head because of the limited opening for the ball joint, which is placed under the heads.









The robot mode is very well done though. Unlike in the film, the dragon just turns into one robot (as opposed to many knights combining into one dragon), but it is a great looking robot. You can pose the wings in two different ways with them either enveloping his arms like a big cloak or them being smaller and more distant so as to give more focus on the robot. What is really cool about the wings being like a big cloak is that the dragon front legs melt into the wing's design making it look like they are part of it and camouflaging them and giving them a new meaning in robot mode.













The colours look great, the gold and red really pop and accentuate the intricate sculpting. He has no elbows or kneed but what I always find limits posing the most in legion toys is the lack of a neck rotation which this toy doesn't have either, predictably so. Still it is a solid legion class toys and easily one of the most ambitious I have ever handled. I hope you have enjoyed the pictures!





Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914714)
Posted by Black Hat on October 5th, 2017 @ 1:39pm CDT
That Legion Dragonstorm is adorable. I want a billion.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914924)
Posted by primalxconvoy on October 6th, 2017 @ 2:08am CDT
If they had just given it robot neck articulation, this could easily fit into my CHUG collection as either an Autobot or Maximal.

Oh,well...
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914929)
Posted by bodrock on October 6th, 2017 @ 3:16am CDT
Yep, Legion Dragonstorm is pretty much perfect.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1914970)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 6th, 2017 @ 10:25am CDT
Picked up the TRU Cybertron toy. TRU price matched their store, so I got it for $109.19. Pretty awesome toy really. It's my first experience with a planet-former, and the colors and paintwork are great. I don't regret picking him up.

i need that legion Dragonstorm. And the leader. So few figures left to find, yet so far away
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915019)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on October 6th, 2017 @ 1:02pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Picked up the TRU Cybertron toy. TRU price matched their store, so I got it for $109.19. Pretty awesome toy really. It's my first experience with a planet-former, and the colors and paintwork are great. I don't regret picking him up.

i need that legion Dragonstorm. And the leader. So few figures left to find, yet so far away


I just picked up G2 Primus myself on lunch today, I bought it online with in store pickup. Can't want to get home, get the parenting out of the way and open this bad boy up. I'm not really into the movie line, and only have Nitro so far for the TM compatibility, so Primus is probably going to end up a central part of my titan and TR Leader base city once I finally find Overlord. I'll post pics in the appropriate threads once I have him all opened up and again once he is integrated into the city.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915122)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on October 7th, 2017 @ 1:08am CDT
courtesy of MRXCustomTF...here's a custom transformable deluxe Dreadbot
(it almost makes you shout...DAAAM YOU HASBRO...&/or Takara...YOU HAD ONE JOB!!!)
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915158)
Posted by RAR on October 7th, 2017 @ 9:12am CDT
No talk of World War II Bumblebee then ?
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915301)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on October 8th, 2017 @ 3:57am CDT
Finally got a TLK Nitro.

Bot mode is perfect as expected. Transformation is ROTF level of craziness. I like it but as usual, the instruction are useless. Can't see sh!t capt'n! I played by ear and completed the jet mode except I couldn't figure out why the front of the wings were so gapy near the nosecone. Even video reviews were unclear. Finally figured out that I rotated the shoulder the wrong way and now, the jet is perfect. Sure, it's robo-junk under the jet, but it's robo-junk that don't look like a bot doing the "Superman". I see junk, yes, but not a robot.

Now all I need is a reasonably priced Thunderwing Titan Master.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915304)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on October 8th, 2017 @ 4:43am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:Sure, it's robo-junk under the jet, but it's robo-junk that don't look like a bot doing the "Superman". I see junk, yes, but not a robot.


Silverbolt(not BW/BM) suffers the same ;)
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915308)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on October 8th, 2017 @ 5:52am CDT
Stuartmaximus wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:Sure, it's robo-junk under the jet, but it's robo-junk that don't look like a bot doing the "Superman". I see junk, yes, but not a robot.


Silverbolt(not BW/BM) suffers the same ;)


Universe Silverbolt is ridiculous and I love it for it. Despite getting rid of so much Transformers to get G1s, I kept him.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915362)
Posted by RAR on October 8th, 2017 @ 3:19pm CDT
I wonder. Is Hot Rod intentionally supposed to look like a seal ?
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod (1915386)
Posted by nycPrime on October 8th, 2017 @ 7:24pm CDT
3 Pack Bee is available from Amazon for $60. 3 left as of this writing.

https://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Bum ... B06XWWH73N

I think the current bee is the same as wave 3 TLK bee?

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