It's been 20 years since I got my first Transformers and I'm celebrating this by giving my first eight figures updates of various kinds. My first two were Smokescreen and Quickmix who you've probably already seen. Number three is Hot Spot. Hot Spot was bought in a local shop by my mother. I remember being really happy with him, but I don't remember exactly why. He did have a fairly important role in the comics but I'm pretty sure I hadn't gotten that far in the storyline yet. In any case, Hot Spot has been a loner for 20 years. Unlike Onslaught, Scattershot and Hun-Grrr, I've never gotten around to collecting his entire team yet. So I figured he deserved the best of upgrades, using one of the best Transformers molds ever created: Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime. I bet you're all familiar with this mold, so there's not much to say. I got him without missiles and stuff (which I really didn't need). After a few days of admiring his Optimus form, I went at him with a screwdriver. Boy does this one have lots of parts. It seems everything is spring loaded or ratcheted somehow and there's all kinds of neat stuff hidden inside him. Even still he's extremely easy to take apart and most of the pins could be easily pushed out without even using a hammer. I decided not to take apart the ladder system though, fearing the millions of tiny springs in there. Painting was done over a few days with spray paints, and then detailing done by hand. I tried out a new blue that's a bit dark but still looks lovely in person. I also found a really bright silvery spray that I used for all the metal detailing that I could mask or separate. I also removed the speaker by cutting the wires: the lights still work. I just found it silly that he would say "Optimus Prime! Maximize!"... Also, I turned the wheels inside out to hide the "Fire Convoy" molding. Overall, I must say this was a very pleasant repaint to do. There was a bit of sanding down, especially around the wrists, but he doesn't chip (much) now and I could probably transform him into a truck without destroying him. Still, he's staying this way because super mode RiD Optimus Pr... I mean, RiD Hot Spot, is totally awesome!