At least for me, TR Hot Rod is not a clear cut improvement over Classics Hot Rod. In my mind, TR Roddy barely gets the edge because he's taller. That's it. If both figures were the same height, I'd probably give the edge to Classics. Classics Roddy, despite being a little too chunky/blocky, has an overall more "filled in" and "soldier-y" design aesthetic. TR Roddy looks like a lanky basketball player with fewer interesting design elements-- although this aesthetic does compliment the "rookie/newbie/youthful" identity that Hot Rod is supposed to have.