A Kingdom toy soon to return in Legacy, this swell 3 1/2-inch Hot Rod is a good one. A lot of these little guys are just fine, but this one has two really good modes and an easy-to-figure-out and very different transformation. I was pleasantly surprised!
The robot is wide and a little bulky, with a broad chest and big shins. The head looks really good, with a painted grey face and vibrant blue eyes that really pop! Hasbro nailed the noggin. Hands are unpainted, with a sword that comes complete with a blue blade. Also he has painted thighs for some reason. Articulation is on par for other robots of this size lately, so he won't blow you away. The elbows are so close to the wrists you may not find them to be thrilling, but they move. They bend. Nothing falls off. It's a good-looking, decent robot for the money as long as you don't remember Classics Hot Rod in 2006 and 2007 was $10 and larger.
People who actually like toys might have fun with this one - at his size and level of articulation, he can ride your rubbery dinosaur toys. You know the ones. He'll also look good fighting around Black Zarak or other big base robot playset things you may have. The real question is if you need any legends/legion/smallest-class Hot Rods anymore, and the answer is "maybe." This is bigger than most of those, but each - annoyingly - offers its own unique reasons to keep it around.
The transformation process is unexpected - most of the front half of the car was tucked behind his robot legs. Who knew? Everything fits together well, and the sword mounts on the roof.
The car is a bit bigger than a Hot Wheels vehicle, with wheels that don't spin particularly well. The opaque windshield is nice, but I do wish the hood flames had an Autobot symbol on it. Getting it to align right might be difficult, though, but it looks a lot like the car leaped right out of the movie. The engine is smaller, the spoiler may be bigger, but they definitely have the same DNA and this might be a good substitute for fans who don't want the bigger (more expensive) releases.
This is a good Hot Rod - the question is, do you need another small Hot Rod toy? If so, this is a good one that's fun to transform and it looks pretty good. If you're happy with the ones you have, keep scrolling to another review. It's an excellent little toy, but after last year's spectacular Studio Series 86 toy and massive Kingdom Commander-class toy, do you need another one? You might. It's not bad - it's just not a time where you're likely sitting there going "Give me one more of this guy."
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