I got this little guy last night (to celebrate my new job ) and I thought I'd just do a quick write up. Vehicle Mode Hardtop is your basic dune buggy, one step removed from reality (probably to avoid paying licensing fees for any real life vehicle). Unlike some of the other Cybertron toys, who have more futuristic alt modes, this one sticks fairly close to reality. As other people have already pointed out, it's kind of odd for Hardtop to be called Hardtop since, in fact, he has no roof (or top). For that matter, he doesn't have a windshield, either. The roll-cages on the sides of the vehicle basically stand in for windows. Apart from that, he has a pretty good sculpt for a vehicle basic, with a good hood section in particular (painting the vent grating at the top of the hood black is a nice touch). He has some top-mounted foglights (which become his feet) as well as the expected headlights. An interesting touch is that, while his head is sort of exposed inside the vehicle, it's facing down, with his chest plate functioning as a kind of seat. An interesting way to do that. As far as color scheme goes, his vehicle mode is mostly a dark green, with yellow for the lights, a little silver on the hood, some gunmetal for the foglights, and black for the wheels and some detailing. I like the all-black wheels, which is appropriate for a bare-bones offroad vehicle. There's also a much lighter, pastel green showing on the back wheel struts, which features heavily in his robot mode. Hardtop's key gimmick is contained in his weapon (a machine gun), just like Clocker's, and like Clocker's weapon, it's removable. Unlike Clocker's weapon, using Hardtop's key gimmick in vehicle mode requires you to pull the weapon off or turn it to the side to flip the longer barrel out. Once it's out, though, you can move the gun back, so it's not really a big deal. Hardtop comes with the Earth Planet Key, if I'm not mistaken. It's fully painted. Transforming Hardtop is pretty easy, especially if you bought any of the Construction Team combiners in Energon--Hardtop has almost the exact same transform as Sledge and Bonecrusher. 1. Pull the weapon off. Pull the legs up and back. Pull the front wheels up. 2. Pull the arms out to the sides, then pull the front end piece down. Snap the lower waist up into place. 3. Rotate the waist forwards, then pull his lower arms down and flip his chest plate up. Push the back wheels down on his legs to help brace him. Robot Mode Hardtop has a pretty cool robot mode, which is extremely bendy by basic standards--10 points, and that includes waist and head movement (of course, his shoulders and hips are done with ball joints, which increases his range of movement). The only big negative is that his legs are a little floppy, but I expect that with ball joints from time to time. The interesting thing about Hardtop's color scheme is that, like Clocker's, it hails back to G2--there's two dark colors (dark green and a magenta red that's almost dark purple) offset by a light pastel color (light green). For whatever reason, instead of being ugly, it actually looks pretty nice up close. I certainly prefer this color scheme to the one Clocker has. For detailing, you can add gold and matte orange to the list of colors (gold on the arms, orange on the chest plate). I like Hardtop's weapon, too, which looks like a sniper rifle when the barrel is extended. He's one of Starscream's lackeys, according to his bio, so a sniping weapon seems perfectly in character. The key mechanism on the side, rather than looking out of place, kind of looks like it might be an ammo magazine. Hardtop also has a neat head sculpt, which looks like a weird mating of G1 Rumble's face with Go-Bot Cy-Kill's head (although it isn't stuck inside a motorcycle's headlight). Instead of being lame, though, it makes him look mean. The eye-visor/cyclops look also is a nice break from all the humanoid faces the line has had so far. Overall, I really like Hardtop. He isn't quite as tall as Clocker (about one head shorter), but he's very poseable, has a better weapon, a quieter color scheme, and looks much less kibbly. Personally, I like him much better than Clocker. Definitely one of the better basics out there; give him a shot if you find one.