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fort_max' review of: Hot Shot

Name: Hot Shot
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Warrior
Sub-Group: NA
"There is no greater teacher than experience!"

Hot Shot, once a stubborn and headstrong young fighter, is now a seasoned Autobot warrior. After fighting bravely in the Unicron battles, he has proven to be a skilled soldier with leadership potential. Hot Shot is one of the fastest Autobots, capable of great speed in both robot and vehicle modes. He is able to powerlinx with his good friend, Inferno, and is a force to be reckoned with during the battle for Energon.

After seeing some of the prelimary pictures of Energon's first wave, Hot Shot wasn't really very high on my 'Must Have' list. But I decided to give him a shot. I have to admit to being mildly disappointed to begin with, but Hot Shot has quickly grown on me.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, Hot Shot is (shockingly enough) a yellow sports car. However, this toy is a vast improvement over the character's two previous incarnations. There's just so much to like about this toy. One of the things that really amazed me about this toy when I first got it was the attention to detail. From the clear plastic headlights to the engine block (Open the hood. You'll see what I'm talking about.), this toy is class. The detailing on the car mode is a lot more in depth than Armada Hot Shot, making the toy look like something you might actually see driving down the road. The best part? He actually has a windshield. Even the things that I've hated about other toys look good here. Hot Shot's gun mounts onto the back of the car, and I…really like it. I don't know why. Other toy lines have tried the same thing, and I've always thought it looked horrid. But Hasbro actually managed to surprise me. Honestly, I can't find a single thing that I don't like about this mode. And, believe me, I've tried.

Robot Mode:
After Hot Shot's stellar alt mode, his robot mode is a little bit of a let down. But it does have one thing going for it: It's nowhere near as 'Playskool' as the Armada version. It looks like it actually belongs as part of the Transformers line. Unlike some of the larger Energon toys, Hot Shot's spark crystal is in his chest (rather than on the shoulder or arm), and actually manages to not detract from the look of the toy. The torso as a whole just looks good (shoulder pads and all). One of the major advantages of this toy has to be the fact that, finally, Hot Shot has a decent weapon. After two turns with that little engine…thing, it's nice to see him wielding some slightly more imposing hardware. In fact, the only issue I have with Hot Shot's robot mode is the legs. Now, the roof of Hot Shot's alt mode splits and the two pieces fold back to become some sort of knee guard. The only problem is that it is constantly getting in the way. I've tried everything I can think of, but they just keep annoying me to no end.

Transformation: 4. About the same difficulty level as any other deluxe toy.
Durability: 8. I haven't had for very long, but there aren't many parts that seem to be in a hurry to break.
Fun: 7. Hot Shot is an all around fun toy, and he certainly has more play value than the Armada version.
Price: At around $10 US, Hot Shot isn't going to break the bank.
Summary: 8. Hot Shot is an all-around good mold with a lot of play value.

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