Universe 2.0 Hot Shot Review w/ Pics

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  1. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    Hot Shot was introduced during the Armada series, the first in a new generation of "Modern" Transformers. Originally the name was just a lazy placeholder because Hot ROD had fallen victim to the tragic "Trademark Virus" but eventually this yellow newcomer went on to become the (arguable) mascot of the series, thanks to clever marketing and a few overly-dedicated fans.

    When the 25th Anniversary came upon us, Hot Shot was selected for upgrading. Let's take a look at this new yellow guy, who may be the last "new" New Universe mold for a long time.


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    Hot Shot is still a yellow sportscar, with design heavily following the original release. There's an Autobot symbol on his rear spoiler, and this time its clear and well-painted, not an ugly smudge.



    Transformation is outrageously complex, moreso than most other Universe figures I've bought. Essentially Hot Shot goes to Robot Mode in the same matter as before- feet from the front half of the car, arms from the roof & windows.


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    Articulation is not too bad. Full range of motion in the legs, fully-rotating head, and rotation in the upper arms. Would've been better with a waist or wrists but not a total deal-breaker.

    There's quite a bit of kibble in the shoulder region, which can hamper arm movement. I haven't figured out the right configuration for the shoulder-armor yet.

    As usual, Hot Shot comes packed with his little red friend Jolt the helicopter Mini-Con. Jolt's design is a litte different from Armada too. He's a decent bonus.

    Jolt can be used in Vehicle Mode through a couple of different configurations:

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    Hot Shot does not come with any weapons. I'd hoped that this problem could be solved by giving him the Star Saber or another Minicon weapon but no dice- his fistholes are too small. More devoted fans could assume that Jolt is his main weapon; pegging into the upper shoulder to unlock powers like in the PS2 game. Others may prefer to wait for the Henkei release, which is supposed to include 2 missile launchers.


    Despite his complex transformation and disappointing weapons I'm happy with Hot Shot. He's a fantastic improvement over the original (although that's not exactly a challenge) and a good new addition to Universe 2.0.


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    Recommended!
     
  2. G1Wheeljack

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    Nice, I request the obligatory pics of him with the original Hot Shot, a pic of him holding the Star Saber, & a pic of him & Hot Rod hanging out.
     
  3. Paladin

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    A. I don't have the original Hot Shot anymore.

    B. Don't have the Star Saber either, only the Energon Saber- and as I stated, he can't hold it.


    Will work on the last one. And in the meantime have updated the pics.
     
  4. Jarodimus

    Jarodimus the guy with that scan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Cool! Nice pics. Thanks!

    :(  Boo!

    Between the TFU license plate and the Henkei launchers, I have a feeling I'm going to end up owning both versions.
     
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    Now that is darn surprising of Hasbro....considering how every line (with the exception I believe of Alternator and Animated) has had Mini-Cons peppered through out since Armada.......
     
  6. G1Wheeljack

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    Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait for mine to arrive for that comparison. Does anyone else feel like Hot Shot is a combonation/illegitimate love child of both Bumblebee & Hot Rod? Think about it, he has a sports car alt mode, but it's yellow and seems to be somewhat rounded at the top and compact, as well as being a bit of a hot head as well as getting along with the kids. Also, Hot Rod & Bumblebee are both kid appeal characters, just like Hot Shot.
     
  7. T16skyhopp

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    i think thats where the inspiration originally came from.
     
  8. MushroomPrime

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    Can we gt a pic of him with Superpants Prime and Red Alert?
     
  9. Paladin

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    Sorry; I have almost no Armada molds left in my collection. I'll get something together though.
     
  10. Powersa

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    Nice review. Armada stuff is not my thing though.
     
  11. ExVeeBrawn

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    How too-small are Hot Shot's fists? If it's only a small amount it probably wouldn't be terribly difficult to bore out the holes to 5mm. In this case I figure it's worthwhile to at least let him swing the Star Saber around.

    And has it JAAM plate?
     
  12. MushroomPrime

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    yeah, the plat says Jaam on any toy
     
  13. ORIO

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    Very upsetting about him not being able to hold the star sabre. Can other minicons powerlink to him, and if so can we see some pics?

    Looks like they've done a better job updating Armada then Beast Wars. I hope one day to get an Armada Scavenger redo. He needs legs.
     
  14. MushroomPrime

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    Bot the BW Redos rock. Cheetor just has a big backpack, and Dinobot has leg articulation problems.

    Really, those are the only major problems
     
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    I just don't care for em. Cool that you dig em though! Just not my bag
     
  16. heshanj

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    hmmmm.. wondering if i should pick this up.. looks quite cool
     
  17. Red Alert

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    Have not seen anyone transform him like this yet.Gives him more arm movement and less kibble.
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    And as a partsformer
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    ^ ^ This fixes my only gripe with this guy, looks cool.
     
  19. Red Alert

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    Some size comparisons


    One of the smaller classics cars overall
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    And smaller than movie cars
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  20. MushroomPrime

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    I just noticed, Tamo, you seem to be missing the visor for your Hot Shot
     

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