I’ve always liked Hotshot, but I thought the Armada toy was rather bad. I am one of those people who think Gimmicks usually ruin a figure. Generally all I want in a figure is transformation and articulation. So I looked forward to the new 25th anniversary Hotshot. I don’t mind the missing Axlezooka, or the engine gun, but I was disappointed that he could not use the old Star Saber sword, and I really hated how the spoiler bits on his shoulders collided with the fenders on his back and really interfered with his robot mode. The hands were an easy fix, a ¼ inch drill bit just fits in his hand-hole, and by twisting the drill around it is easy to widen the hand holes enough to fit the older Armada and Energon sized weapons. I experimented with a couple of things trying to get the spoiler out of the way, but it was not really working. Finally I just ended up ripping them off of his shoulders and gluing them onto the fender/backpack bits instead. I did trim them a bit to help them fit, and when I was done they are only a little farther down and back on the trunk. Once the fins are there, the arms can move freely, and the back kibble can be adjusted to a better position, and can finally lay flat. Because I experimented with some things first, I had to shorten the holes that Jolt fit into, so he does not fit into the back the same way anymore. I really do think if you were doing this a little more carefully, you could keep the spoiler high enough to keep jolt on as originally intended. I don’t mind what I ended up with. I never really liked the fan powered car mode anyway. Now I can sit Jolt upside down on the back window, or attach him to the minicon port, and fold his legs and tail down. Also the original Jolt fits on the minicon port, and looks pretty good there. I do also think Hotshot looks really nice using Energon Hotshot’s gun. It looks good as a rifle, or without the missile and “scope” thing as a smaller gun. You can also mount it on the minicon port in robot mode and use it as a shoulder mounted cannon. I may try enlarging the holes on the bottom to see if I can fit the gun under the car, which might work. Now that his arms move he is quite a bit of fun, and I don’t mind the broad arm pose too much, it makes for some fun poses. Really all I need now is a canister he can carry around for his jAaM, and he will be perfect.