Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Masterpiece Hot Rodimus MP-28

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-28 Cybertron Knight / Hot Rodimus
Function: Knight
Motto: “My actions speak louder than words.”
Hot Rodimus is a young Cybertron warrior who dreams of becoming a hero. Because of his youth his impulsive behaviour can be a disadvantage, however he is brave and conscientious, worthy of being a Knight. Excels at shooting with his two Photon Lasers and exhaust pipes, however he prefers fishing with friends rather than combat.
STR:10; INT:10; SPD:9; END:10; RNK:10; CRG:7; FBL:10; SKL:10

With the "soft reboot" of the Masterpiece line, it was inevitable that Hot Rodimus (or Hot Rod) would make an appearance sooner or later. The initial MP-9 Rodimus Convoy released in 2011 was a figure that tried to do too much and ended up with an over complicated transformation which makes MP-5 Megatron look simple in comparison.

The premise was good - one figure which could turn into both Hot Rodimus and Rodimus Convoy along with both alternate modes, however the execution left a lot to be desired. I do like the MP-9 figure but it is plagued with quality control issues a figure that expensive should not have.

MP-28 Hot Rodimus in my opinion was a welcome addition which keeps things simple, it remains simply as Hot Rodimus retaining scale with the likes of MP-10 Convoy, Lambor and the other Autobot cars. However this figure is not without a few issues, although I may be nitpicking. Vehicle mode looks like it came out of the animated movie; the MP-9 version was good, maybe a bit more stylised but MP-28 pulls it off better. I would of prepared a comparison between the 2 but I'm not transforming MP-9 anytime soon. There are a few clearance issues on the undercarriage of the car which prevent it rolling fully - although I may not have the transformation as fitted as I could have done.

The weapons can plug in the roof of the vehicle mode (mine did not seem to want to fit and I didn't want to force them) and the chromed engine section lifts up to fit a weapon in as well.

Transformation to robot mode is a lot better than MP-9, as well as being quicker and less fragile to handle. Robot mode is slightly taller than the standard Masterpiece Autobot cars and certainly looks like Hot Rodimus, however the proportions are slightly off. The arms are too long, the torso is wide and boxy and the legs are narrow. The chest also opens up to fit MP-10 Convoy's Matrix which is a nice touch. Vehicle mode is pretty much perfect but Takara Tomy didn't quite pull off robot mode.

This is however the best Hot Rodimus that has been released so far. Accessory wise he comes with the two weapons the 1986 version came with, and the saw blade and fishing rod as seen in the 1986 animated movie. It is a shame Takara Tomy didn't release the Targetmaster partner as well but at least we have a fishing rod...

Hot Rodimus' accessories

Overall this is a decent figure and well worth picking up despite a few minor issues. It isn't the best Masterpiece Autobot car and I found it rather underwhelming but it is a fun figure.


Instruction Scan

Vehicle Mode: Super Car (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Hot Rodimus’ vehicle mode is reminiscent of an American custom hot rod car, with a large exposed engine in the hood and painted flames on the body of the car. It has a futuristic feel to it which is common with the Cybertron warriors of the 2010 era. The beautiful and passionate vehicle mode is suitable for the young Hot Rodimus. Maximum speed of 193 km/h, when in motion he can emit shockwaves which can temporarily electromagnetise Destron microcircuitry. He can also drive underwater. Hot Rodimus has a close relationship Daniel, the son of the first human partner, whom he enjoys taking out for carefree drives, rather than driving into battle. Because of his impulsive personality, he drives wildly in vehicle mode, much to the annoyance of veteran warrior Char with his “crazy recklessness”
When Cybertron City was under a large scale attack from the Destrons, Hot Rodimus was among the first to respond, colliding with the Insectrons head-on as they were eating their way into the city's entrance.

Robot Mode: Hot Rodimus (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Function: Knight
Motto: “My actions speak louder than words.”
Cybertron Knight Hot Rodimus is a youth who dreams of becoming a hero. Due to his youth he has a tendency to act impulsively, something which veteran warriors struggle to understand so they end up judging him unfairly. His ability to take action is integral to the new generation of warriors and is a merit for Hot Rodimus. Although hot tempered he has noble intentions; worthy of being called a Knight, courageously confronting any adversity to defend his companions. During the Unicron War he showed remarkable achievement taking the Matrix of Leadership and being reborn succeeding Convoy as the new Supreme Commander. This was surprising to many who knew the impulsive Hot Rodimus, however he has demonstrated his skill as a leader protecting his friends and entering a friendship with Junkions and other tribes. However because of his youth he has been affected by the pressure of leadership after becoming Supreme Commander; although he matured mentally over time, he eventually returned the Matrix back to the resurrected Convoy and was able to live on in his former state as Hot Rodimus. The story of a youths twists and turns is an attractive part of Hot Rodimus’ character.

Weapon: Photon Laser (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Two pistols equipped with Hot Rodimus. These weapons have a range of 6440m and are effective tools with their accuracy and power alongside his shooting skill. In the 28th episode of “Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers 2010”, “The Too Heavy Burden” he stunned Scourge with a powerful blast and took back the Matrix.

Weapon: Saw Blade (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
A rotating saw built into Hot Rodimus’ arms. Armed for a variety of purposes from combat to the removal of obstacles. When attacked by a huge squid robot when lost on Planet Quintessa in “Transformers The Movie”, Hot Rodimus successfully repelled the creature using his saw blade.

Accessories: Fishing Rod (Translated from the instruction pamphlet)
Hot Rodimus’ favourite fishing rod use for his fishing hobby. Like other Cybertron warriors, Hot Rodimus loves Earth's culture and especially loves the fun of fishing; his first appearance in “Transformers The Movie” shows him enjoying fishing with Daniel. He was confident with his fishing skill and was shown catching a big fish.

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