The first wave of Cyberverse deluxes, in my opinion, felt like a severely underrated set of figures. They're easily the best renditions of the characters in the cartoon, and I really looked forward to seeing the rest of the wave and completing the Maccadam Build-a-Figure. Hot Rod joins Grimlock as the next two figures in the series. Upon initial reveal, the figure was met with heavy criticism, and I hoped that impression would change upon having the figure in hand. Unfortunately, I agree with that initial impression, as Hot Rod seems to represent everything I disliked about the first wave. To start, Hot Rod's vehicle mode is a plain sports car, with very minimal paint applications. The silhouette feels pretty accurate to the show model, but lacks detail. The most notable omission are the signature hood flames, which are present in almost every other Hot Rod figure in the Cyberverse line. The pinned wheels are also pretty egregious, as Bumblebee and Optimus don't show the pins that the wheels attach to. The figure comes with flame effect pieces to attach to the exhaust pipes, which try to make the car look a little more interesting. There's even ports on the flames if you want to attach them to the various pegs featured in the Cyberverse Deluxe or WFC series of figures. The robot mode is my main source of disappointment, as it's simply too red. While the sculpt is nice and pretty show accurate, a lot of the details present on the CGI model are unpainted. The figure is only comprised of beige and red plastic, and it shows especially with the back spoiler, which is unpainted, and the tires, which are only painted on the side that's seen in vehicle mode. The arm kibble is also pretty bad, as the exhaust pipes extend farther than they're supposed to. The flames can also attach to the pipes in this mode, which only serve to make the kibble look even longer than they already are. As a figure, he's actually pretty well articulated, notably having double jointed elbows and a pretty decent range of leg articulation. His shoulders stand as the only limited point of articulation, as it can collide with the backpack. I tried to showcase his articulation in this picture with Bumblebee. I really wanted to be optimistic about this figure. There's actually a lot this figure does well. The sculpt is decent, articulation is good, and it's the best representation of Cyberverse Hot Rod we'll probably ever get. But the figure is just really bland as is. I feel like the look of the figure could easily be improved on with more paint, or even if they went with the black deco he has in season 3. As it stands, I can't recommend him unless you're really adamant about completing Maccadam.