So having transformed him a few times, here are my thoughts on the figure... - Ironhide is definitely painted and it is awesome! I don't have Road Rage so I'm not sure if they are the same red but his color is very vibrant. Chrome on his bumpers are great as well. His headlights are colored with chrome with silver borders. - Articulation is ok, he has a swivel/ball joint combination for his neck so he can look up/down, side to side. Ratcheted shoulder and knee joints. He has arm and wrist swivels and bends at the elbow around 90 degrees. He has waist rotation, front waist panels can move up so his legs can move up 90 degrees but not so much going back. He bends and twist at the knee. He has ankle tilts as well. - About his transformation, be VERY CAREFUL as his clearance is very tight, specially at the torso and at the leg panels. There are certain ways that you would have to flip his panels to get it to fit correctly. Also, paint scuffing can occur during transformation so like I said, be very careful. Overall transformation is very intuitive and there are certainly some 'MP' moments like how his head goes from the back to the front, how his torso folds and compress. Overall, I think Takara did a wonderful job with him.