Asia Exclusive Generations Protectobot Hot Spot

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  1. SmokescreenSWE

    SmokescreenSWE Well-Known Member

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    I'm a bit surprised that this figure hasn't been reviewed yet, as it has been available for some time. I've been eyeing the Ebay auctions, waiting for news of a Hasbro release, and since it seemed that it's still 1-3 months away, I decided to go for it. From a European perspective, I'm looking at $30 + scalper fees + shipping either way, so $80 shipped wasn't THAT bad to have it early.

    You all know this mold. Hot Spot is basically Inferno but with a new head and slightly modified shoulders to accept clip-on weapons, but that's as far as the inspirations from the Grapple mold goes. He has the swiveling arm guards, the original detail molding, the water cannon and the old feet.

    While I think the face plate is slightly too stretched, in a big chin Animated kind of way, it does make him look different from similar characters like Optimus or Grimlock. Hot Spot has his typical antenna ears that also are rather unique for him.

    The painting is sparse but well done. I really like the black (slightly transparent) windows with painted wipers, something I've been missing on the other two. I still can't understand why the window is divided in two parts (like Optimus) when all three should have a big solid window, but there we are. Aside from his fireball decals along the side and some silver detailing, there's not much to say.

    My copy is quite solid and it doesn't appear to have lost any definition after three repaints. The blue plastic feels a bit softer than the red, but it's still quite sturdy. Overall, this is a good figure that should appeal to old fans of Hot Spot, but I doubt others, except from completionists, see a need for him.

    However, since I can't leave well enough alone, I've been working on an add-on kit to make him more unique, so I'll be showing up in the Radicons forum later on.
     

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  2. DethPike

    DethPike Master of Sinanju

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    Very nice review.

    Not sure I dig the head/face on this one, but I'll get him anyway. That mold is great.
     
  3. exclusacon

    exclusacon Expert with the Scopes!

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    I had him for a month now, just haven't the time to review him...
     
  4. Powersa

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    Nice pics and review. To me the new head is unique enough. He just needs more firing power...forget that water stick thing.

    Oh and the blue SFC in the background looks wonderful.
     
  5. OCProwl

    OCProwl Autobot Dad

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    I still have my original G1 Hot Spot and am looking forward to this version. Thanks for posting!
     
  6. MidnightBliss

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    This is my most wanted upcoming toy. I cannot Frakking Wait!!! He looks soooo good. i am such an Inferno mold junkie!!!
     
  7. Nope

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    He looks really nice.
     
  8. daddytron

    daddytron Your mom is an oversized CHUG

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    Like this mold but he needs to be a combiner.
     
  9. Bountyan

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    The best Asian exclusive easily. The mold is actually a Classics mold rather than a movie or Prime one and the colors and headsculpt are nice. I usually don't like getting combiner characters who don't combine but I'll make an exception when I see him at the store.
     
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    he looks pretty nice, but the mold looks really boring. maybe i'll pick him up if i see him.
     
  11. GreednGluttony

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  12. Rewind

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    One of my top favorite molds from Classics, and one that I always thought would make a better looking Optimus Prime than the normal Voyager Prime. Tempted to put Hot Spot's legs and head on Inferno and use that as my Classics Prime. :) 

    But first I have to muster up the patience to wait for the US release...
     
  13. salmonman78

    salmonman78 Mordin, my hero

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    Damn he looks good! I need to find 2 of him when he get released here. One for my collection to go with my G1 Hot Spot(who was also my very FIRST Transformer).

    Second one is for my dad since he gave me the original back when I was a kid, and to let him know I appreciate him for all he has done for me.
     
  14. Soundwinder

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    I'd like to see that.

    Though I disagree, considering Classics Optimus is my current favorite OP mold (we'll see if that stays when MP-10 comes stateside).

    Seems like your version would be... more of a Generations Energon Optimus.
     
  15. Shark Jumper

    Shark Jumper さあ、お前の罪を数えろ

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    Kinda want, but I'm scared of breaking off the stupid folding panels on his arm like I did with Grapple and Inferno...
     
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    Just got him. Really love his headsculpt. Now I gotta wait for Artfire. Never expected the Inferno mold to be so versatile.

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    Generations Hot Spot by Clement Soh, on Flickr

    I say get it if you collect classics stuff. Highly recommended.
     
  17. ORIO

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    Has anyone tried popping the head off and putting it on Botcon Pyro for a more LSOTW look?
     
  18. Satomiblood

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    He's on my wants list.
     
  19. Soundwinder

    Soundwinder I wind sounds!

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    I'm actually thinking if anyone's popped the head off, stuck it on an Inferno with the ladder upgrade to make a Classics version of RiD Optimus Prime.
     
  20. Kuma Style

    Kuma Style Toy Photography TFW2005 Supporter

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    Hasbro Generations GDO TRU and Asia Market Exclusive Hot Spot

    Posted a video review in the review forum, but figured I'd get a picture thread started here.

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