The young punk from Armada is all grown up now. This time, in addition to Powerlinking with a Mini-Con, Hot Shot can Powerlink to other Autobots as well. This gives new meaning to the phrase, "I get to be on top." I wonder if Jolt is jealous.
In keeping with his original color scheme from Armada, Hot Shot is a bright yellow sports car. He measures in at 5 1/2" long x 2 3/4" wide x 1 3/4" tall. His front grill, rear bumper, spoiler, and roof detailing is black. The front headlights and windshield are clear plastic and the front turn lights and hood vents are painted gray, which match the robot feet you can see on the rear bumper. There is also some gold detailing on the rear of the car. A silver Autobot insignia surrounded by the Powerlink emblem is stamped on his right rear fender.
Unlike many Transformers of late, Hot Shot's doors and hood open. While the doors merely reveal more of the robot details, opening the hood shows off his engine block which has an Autobot logo in the center. Hot Shot also includes a thermoblaster, so named in the packed-in comic book, and a radar scope. The thermoblaster has a Mini-Con port as well as a Mini-Con peg and can combine with the scope. Additionally, it can be attached to the rear of the car either with the scope or without. The scope, if not attached to the thermoblaster, can attach on the opposite side of the vehicle from the gun.
To transform into robot mode, remove the thermoblaster and scope if attached. Fold the roof and windshield back and open the doors. Extend the rear of the vehicle back and flip the feet out. Fold the front of the car down, open the hood, and swing the engine block around to reveal the robot head. Close the hood and bring the robot head forward. Unfold the arms and place the thermoblaster in whichever hand you desire.
Standing at 5 1/2" tall, Hot Shot is now ready to battle the Decepticons. In the upper-left of his chest plate is an Autobot symbol where an Energon chip can fit over. Slate blue and black are the primary colors of his robot form in addition to the yellow. There are silver and red highlights throughout as well. Hot Shot's head has a slate blue helmet with red details, a light gray face and blue eyes. Hot Shot has some good articulation, though his design limits it in places, such as the ball-socket shoulder joints. His elbows are double-jointed, his hips can swing outward, and he can bend at the knees and ankles.
Utilizing the power of "the Spark of Combination," Hot Shot can combine with other Powerlink Autobots to form larger, and sometimes sillier looking, robots. To form the upper torso from the robot mode, return the arms and doors to their original position and swing them around to the outside. Fold the feet back in and bring the legs out and up as far as they'll go, rotating them so the gold portion faces forward. Swing the robot head back through the engine block and out the other side. Lower the arms and attach to any Powerlink Autobot in pants mode.
To form the lower torso from the robot mode, return the arms and doors to their original position and swing them around to the outside. Return the robot head back to the engine block and attach to any Powerlink Autobot in shirt mode.
Hot Shot is fun to play around with. The Powerlink aspect is also a neat thing to mess with, provided you have other Powerlink Autobots around. His head is a little disappointing to me as is his articulation. Still, he's not a bad toy all things considered.
Final Grade: B
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||December 7th 2003|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|