Some time ago, an INTERNET friend named Lord Madhammer mentioned how sweet a Masterpiece scaled Rodimus Prime would be. He also figured it'd be topped off by having Hot Rod be part of this figure. This was long before the Classics upgrade was ever heard about, but it wasn't until I saw the images that I figured out how to pull it off. Anywho, using a MP Starscream and Energon Shockblast, I came up with a half-assed Hot Rod. It has a matrix bay already installed in the chest cavity. Just needs to be cut open and covered in flames. This will also feature working headlights for running down Galvatrons an whatnot that get in your way. The SS interchangeable faces will remain but the smirk will need to be replaced with a "youthful" smile. An opening canopy with a full interior are also in place. Another aspect of the Hot Rod toon design I wanted to capture were the inexplainable vents that were on his back rather than the windshield that the toy had. I managed this by having pivot points to have the trunk section overlap the windshield. Having this setup rather than the toys rotational design also lended a hand in having an adjustable spoiler so when he becomes Rodimus, it swings up and forward just over the canopy. (pic 8) In picture 4, it shows how arm articulation was retained as the MP Starscream allows. By building the arm extendion and screwing it into that little black hinge thingy on the mold, it allowed for the arms to move straight outward. Still needs a ton of sculpting. The Rodimus images are a test shot of how he will scale up against the full size Masterpieces and is in no way close to the final design. Please note* Rodimus headsculpt done by Sculptbot. It's amazing how he gave it such a "grown up" feel.