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. 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. 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: 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. Recommended!