Didn't see a thread posted for this figure yet, so I decided to take a few quick photos this morning and share my thoughts after having him in hand for a few weeks It's worth prefacing this review by saying that this is my first ever experience with this toy in any form. I got into Transformers when the first live-action movie came out, so G1 toys completely passed me by and generally continue to do so With that out of the way, let's see what this reissue has to offer! This 2022 reissue of G1 Hot Rod features brand new packaging and a paint job more inspired by his cartoon animation model than previous releases. The fabelled "Pink Hot Rod" for those that listen to the Triple Takeover Toycast (which you should all be doing). My understanding is that previous releases of this toy were always red with orange accents and stickers, whereas this release is a more magenta colour with orange, charcoal navy on the lower legs and no stickers. All the details you see are painted or tampographed The package design for this release is super nice, and is actually a small part of the reason I picked it up. The colours, the artwork and all the details on the top and back really make it pop. I'd love to see more Transformers boxed up like this, even modern releases. Hot Rod comes packaged inside in a plain cardboard tray with paper twisty-ties Hot Rod himself is also really nice. As mentioned above, the purpose of this deco is to replicate his on-screen appearance, so it's a little more plain than some might like. I've heard the plain grey paint and plastic has been a bit of sore point for some people, but I think it works quite nicely with the other colours on show The only diecast (that I'm aware of) on this release are his feet. It does seem like a bit of an odd choice, given it leaves him with these inaccurate silver feet, the only bits of silver on the toy that isn't a pinhead. But I get that it's meant to help maintain his balance or whatever Quick close up of the head - the face, eyes, and helmet accents are all really nicely painted. It's a pretty solid head-sculpt too for one of Hasbro's earliest efforts Hot Rod's only accessories are a pair of blasters, cast in the same grey plastic as the exhaust pipes on his arms and legs. They're nicely detailed, but definitely a little bland on their own. They fit nicely into each of his hands, which are 5mm compatible Articulation is limited but not non-existant. It's all in his arms. He's got a butterfly joint at the shoulders which is pretty cool, an upper arm swivel, elbows which bend over a 90° angle, and wrist swivels. So you can get his arms into some slightly varied positions, but nothing crazy and certainly not dynamic looking A few quick comparisons - with the only other G1 figure I own, the Walmart Reissue Optimus Prime from a few years ago. And a few with some of his more modern contemporaries. He's so proud to see his kids all grown up! Transformation into vehicle mode is super simple. Fold up the chest piece and fold in the arms, rotate the waist piece 90°, rotate the back canopy and collapse the legs. Bob's your uncle! The result is a very nice futuristic car mode. I think the more cartoon inspirsed deco shines just as well here as it does in robot mode, with the bright yellow spoiler and dark blue transparent canopy now on full display. He's got rubber tires too, which is great In terms of weapon storage, there's a single 5mm port in the engine block. I dunno if that technically makes this guy a repaint of the '87 Targetmaster version of Hot Rod? Either way, it does mean you can only attach one of the guns to car mode, leaving the other to float in the abyss Overall, this is a very solid release. I paid €43 (roughly $47US) for this guy here in Ireland. I don't think he's quite worth that much, but I think I would have been happy to pay around the €30-35 mark. Though these G1 reissues are rarely cheap anyway... So yeah, if you like Hot Rod, this toy, the colours, or any combo of these three, it's definitely worth picking up!