Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Selects Hot Shot Action Figure Hasbro, 2019
Day #2,151: December 12, 2019
Hot Shot WFC-GS09 - Shared Online Exclusive
Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Selects
Item No.: No. E8379 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:RT-10 IR Electro-Scope Launcher, W-5 Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster Action Feature:Transforms from Robot to Car Retail:$29.99 Availability: October 2019 Other: Update of Cybertron Defense Hot Shot (2006), NYCC debut included an exclusive pin
It's been a few years since we got a new take on Armada/Energon/Cybertron Hot Shot, and given the lack of info on the box this might be him in "G1" form for the very first time. A retool and redeco of Hound [FOTD #2,052], Hot Shot seems to bring almost identical coloration from his 2005-ish toys into the modern era with a slightly under-armed but over-articulated figure. The head itself almost looks identical to the original, but this time finally applying some weathering. The original toy, at one point, had faux mud splatter.
The robot mode is very much Hound with new colors and a new head. Unlike Starscream and friends, Hot Shot has unique battle-damage deco. Scuffs are in different places, some of the lights are different, and the various paint masks are altered slightly so it's not just a blue Hound with a new head - they took some care to change him up a bit. You get a lot more color thanks to the yellow crest on the head and the red in the arms and legs, giving you a similar-yet-different layout when compared to previous blue Hot Shot toys. What matters is the articulation is still great and he looks perfectly convincing as a military-upgraded version of one of the show's more popular characters and toys of the early-to-mid 2000s.
Transforming the toy is easy, with some nifty unfolding bits in the legs to make the rather compact not-Jeep a reality. Everything tabs and slots in place nicely, and he has rolling unpainted wheels. It's a good, fun transformation with lots of moving parts and nothing pops off easily. This is all I ask for on these guys.
The vehicle is covered in subtle 3mm pegs, 5mm pegs, and 5mm sockets so you can add blasts all over the place. In addition to this, you can plug his weapons in the 5mm holes which allows for some play in a figure that seems otherwise ideally suited to display. I almost wish there were stands to make it look like he's somehow airborne and blasting away in the vehicle mode. It looks dynamic, and seeing combat vehicles posed out in battle would be fun. I suppose I could go to the craft store and do something, but I've written thousands of toy reviews. I don't have time for crafts these days.
I am assuming this is an intent to drag other continuities into the new G1, and I'm A-OK with that. I'd also love to see Lockdown and Bulkhead, or Vector Prime or Crosswise, or just about anybody else. I'd recommend this one if you don't have enough blue toys in your life, and really, you don't. My only gripe are his shoulder 5mm holes are a little tight, so if you want to cram his weapons in there prepare for something of a fight.
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