Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 11:00pm CST

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Hello, Seibertronians, I hope you all had a good holiday!
I just happened to receive Titans Return Hot Rod for one of my gifts, and thought I'd throw together a little pictorial review for you all! So let's dive in and klook at one of the most anticipated figures of wave three!

Let's start with the figure himself: he is just great looking. He totally encapsulates the aesthetic Hot Rod is supposed to have. That sleek, young look is just perfectly represented. While his robot mode might not have the most accurate colors, (namely on his legs), he is undeniably the Roddy we all know and love.

Although yes, I agree, you can't see his wing enough over his shoulders.


Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review


Hot Rod comes with two large rifles, so he can go full Rambo mode

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review


These guns can combine to make another seat for a Titan(head)Master, per the norm with most wave 2/3 figures.
Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review


Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review



This seems like a cool additional feature until until you realise that, because of the placement of the handles and Hot Rod's articulation, there's no way that I've found for Rod to hold the gun in a fashion so the Titan master sits upright, unless you make him go street gang style.


Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review


The other gun-related issue (with mine at least) is the gun's pegs are just slightly too big for his hands (or vice versa), so when you put the guns in his hands, it requires a good bit of force, and with nothing directly under his hands to support that force, it all goes to the little pin keeping his hands on. I could easily see these breaking if not done correctly. Then again, it could just be an issue mine alone has, and others will have nothing to worry about.

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Next up: size comparisons. Roddy is actually a bit tall for a deluxe, and not just because of his massive shoulders.

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

With some other Movie mates of all sizes:

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Class of '86
Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Next, let's cover what is easily the best part of this figure: His vehicle mode, and Good Lord. Perfection. It really is. It feels solid, the transformation is great, everything clips together so well it's almost unbelievable. As many others have pointed out, he also has some cues to the TF: Animated incarnation of this character, which is awesome by itself.

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Cruising with some more Cybertronian cars. Hasbro again knocking it out of the park with these.
Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Before we wrap things up, I wanted to touch on his Titan master: he's unpainted. Yes, continuing with the trend wave 2 started, he doesn't have a lick of paint on him, other than Hot Rod's face. But not only this: He's completely one color. Something even the Wave two figures did was mold the arms and legs in a different color than the rest of the body, just to give it some variety. I'll probably end up custom painting him, but it really is a blemish on an otherwise really good figure.

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Other than that (and the limited articulation I didn't really touch on) he's a really, really good figure, and easily the best representation of this character we've ever gotten in a mainline release. I highly encourage picking him up!

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review

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Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849128)
Posted by lonrac on December 27th, 2016 @ 11:27pm CST
QC issue,

Mine has two of the same rifle, driver side when plugged into the engine or wheel well slot,

anybody get two passenger side rifles and want to swap?
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849149)
Posted by Mechastrike on December 28th, 2016 @ 4:25am CST
great toy. now PLEASE! make him a voyager sized prime with trailer upgrades?
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849155)
Posted by Randomhero on December 28th, 2016 @ 7:24am CST
Mechastrike wrote:great toy. now PLEASE! make him a voyager sized prime with trailer upgrades?



Probably happen in Power of the Primes line. I have a feeling we're going to be getting a lot of Primes. Remaining 13 and the fan made one and probably a Rodimus.
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849157)
Posted by frogbat on December 28th, 2016 @ 7:41am CST
I got him as part of a wave order and wasn't too keen but I found him to be an excellent toy no least thanks to his fun transformation
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849168)
Posted by Tigertrack on December 28th, 2016 @ 9:03am CST
I like him a lot. I find myself waffling on which is better, this or classics? I'm leaning toward this one, but I want some more premium painting in him to really give him the edge. Darker red, or a shade mixed with purple, and painted hub caps for starters.

I was surprised by how much I did like him though.
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849176)
Posted by Randomhero on December 28th, 2016 @ 10:20am CST
Tigertrack wrote:I like him a lot. I find myself waffling on which is better, this or classics? I'm leaning toward this one, but I want some more premium painting in him to really give him the edge. Darker red, or a shade mixed with purple, and painted hub caps for starters.

I was surprised by how much I did like him though.



I too really like him. He's replaced my Reveal the Shield one which was the plan because his arms always popped off. That's mold degregation for ya. He's probably the only one I look forward to seeing what Takara does. If they do the Magenta color they did for MP Hot Rod I'll pick him up. I really want a version in that color:
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849185)
Posted by KVO Prime on December 28th, 2016 @ 11:24am CST
Question: What if you trim down the orange tabs that keep his arms from going lower anymore? Will that work to bring the arms down a bit and allow the yellow iconic spoiler to be more visible?
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849193)
Posted by Randomhero on December 28th, 2016 @ 12:17pm CST
KVO Prime wrote:Question: What if you trim down the orange tabs that keep his arms from going lower anymore? Will that work to bring the arms down a bit and allow the yellow iconic spoiler to be more visible?



No, the spoiler sits pretty low and there's a lot of plastic in the torso. You might cause more damage than good just to see some the spoiler
Re: Titans Return Hot Rod Pictorial Review (1849353)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:05am CST
Randomhero wrote:
KVO Prime wrote:Question: What if you trim down the orange tabs that keep his arms from going lower anymore? Will that work to bring the arms down a bit and allow the yellow iconic spoiler to be more visible?



No, the spoiler sits pretty low and there's a lot of plastic in the torso. You might cause more damage than good just to see some the spoiler



Already did it to mine a couple weeks ago. Nothing to do with the spoiler, I just hated how detached and high up his shoulders looked away from the torso. Shoulder joint should never be just below the noseline...
Had to trim the orange joint, some of the grey torso and some of the red shoulder but I'm much happier with it's general appearance now. Arms are a little long but it's very rare I pose them straight down anyways (they touch the very tip of the kneepad so not too bad). It's not perfect but nothing ever is. :P

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