U.S. Name: RODIMUS PRIME/ HOT ROD (TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Edition) Jap. Name: RODIMUS CONVOY/ HOT SPOT
Cartoon First Appearance: T.F. The Movie - Aug. 8, 1986
Classic Box Number: C-77 & C-71 This Line Box Number: MP-9
Once Hasbro unveiled their version of Masterpiece Rodimus, most of the transfans were disappointed by the color tone of the face which was done in gray and not white like Takara/Tomy MP-9. At low light, he looks like a zombie! Originally, I wasn't going to get him but MP-9 trailer changed that decision because I can use Hasbro Rodimus to haul MP-9 trailer and display him in vehicle mode. I got Hasbro Rodimus from TRU Time Square and cost me $LV.XCIX (CX.XCVI) with the 10 off coupon on Aug. Vii, Mmxi.
NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes. They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action. If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page. I'll make the correction once I receive your info. Have fun.
- Click on the Thumbnails to view them at a Larger Scale -
[Thumbnail Size = 100xHeight]
R-1 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus Prime in its Original condition:
R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:
There are 2 Pre-Applied stickers on Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus. Both of them are located on the shin of Rodimus lower leg.
R-3 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Rodimus Prime Mode:
If any G1 Transformer deserves to get a make over, then none deserves more than Rodimus Prime. The original 1986 Rodimus Prime figure has a face that looks like he's in constipation and the robot mode was too skinny and thin. After more than 2 decades, finally Rodimus Prime gets the respect and reputation of the masterpiece treatment. What is even amazingly is that transfans were able to get both Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime as one figure instead of two figures like the 80s. On top of that, to even achieve the 4 modes is priceless! Okay, the 4 modes is debatable, scroll down to R-13. This Masterpiece edition of Rodimus is truly a magnificent and depict exactly just like the cartoon because you have to modify the figure when altering from Hot Rod to Rodimus with the reconfiguration of the face and height. Sure Masterpiece Rodimus face reminds you of the politician Republican John Kerry, but the figure still looks splendid. Masterpiece Rodimus color scheme is predominately red with some orange, yellow, gray, and black. Material wise, he's mostly plastic, clear plastic for the car window, rubber tire, and chrome part at the exhaust pipes.
Unlike Takara/Tomy MP-9 where the figure was packed in Hot Rod robot mode and cartoon concept approach, Hasbro had a different idea. Instead, it was packed in Rodimus robot mode and incorporated both cartoon and the original toys concept. Personally, I think there are 3 distinguish areas that just strikingly separate the Hasbro version and Takara/Tomy MP-9 completely. Section R-15 will cover in more details regardless some other differences, but for now let's just concentrate on these 3 areas. First, Hasbro Rodimus has a gray tone on the face and hand which in my opinion is really a poor decision because in low light especially with incandescent lamp fixture Rodimus looks so dark. Next, the lower leg are molded in red. Both of these color choices are neither the same as MP-9 nor base on the cartoon canon since Rodimus and Hot Rod lower leg are gray. Lastly, Hasbro Rodimus comes with the pre-applied sticker on the lower leg as well as the additional sticker sheet where you have to apply it yourself, see R-5.
R-4 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Hot Rod Mode:
The originally 1986 Hot Rod looks good for its time when compared to the other G1 figures, but the Masterpiece Hot Rod version just blow your eyes! Masterpiece Hot Rod face and the entire body design are just too exquisite! The figure looks so balance and proportionally correct as well. Since Hasbro is based on the G1 figure, Masterpiece Hot Rod still retains his traditional red color scheme in addition to the sticker on his lower leg as well the optional shoulder stickers. Masterpiece Rodimus/Hot Rod is one of the few transformers where it is best to leave it as robot mode than the alternated mode. Both Hot Rod and Rodimus really look like their cartoon counterpart. Personally, I think Masterpiece Rodimus comes with the most gimmicks and with 4 modes to back up, it feels this figure has so many playing values to offer. Scroll down from R-6 to R-14 and see what I mean.
R-5 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Stickers On:
The additional sticker sheet included with Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus is slightly vague in term of applying to its correct location because it just stated right arm and left arm. For picky owners it begs the question does it go on the lower arm or upper arm? This is where having a G1 background experience comes into play because to understand those stickers one needs to know the original G1 Hot Rod figure, see image. Personally, I wouldn't apply those stickers and you will know why as you read further down. For illustration purpose, I photoshoped the stickers onto the figure so you have an idea where it goes. Basically, the 2 identical stickers with 3 arrows display go to Hot Rod upper arm just below the shoulder. For orientation, the lonely orange arrow should be in the bottom. In robot mode, it looks okay with those stickers on but not in vehicle mode since it kills the continuous red color of the sport car hood. In addition, Hot Rod front hood looks too busy with the fire flame and those two stickers competing each other. I guess, that's the reason why Hasbro didn't pre-apply the stickers and let it up to the individual. As for the extra Autobot and Decepticon insignia sticker, I can see if the one on chest wears off, it can be replaced by this sticker. But the extra Decepticon insignia doesn't seem to have usage unless you want to make Masterpiece Rodimus/Hot Rod a Decepticon.
R-6 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Hot Rod w/ Magnifying Glass or Goggle - As Seen on TF The Movie:
Masterpiece Hot Rod comes with the magnifying glass, visor, or goggle whatever you want to call it. This was definitely a nice touch and a big tribute to 1986 TF The Movie. What makes this gimmick so loving is that designer did it with style. To bring the magnifying glass out, you would have to keep on rolling Hot Rod round ear knob, bottom left image, until the glass reach its maximum. And to close it back or hide, just roll the knob in the reverse direction. For those that are curious whether the magnifying glass works on Rodimus face, the answer is yes, see image. This technique was well executed and well done I must say. The right image is the recreated scene from TF The Movie where Hot Rod used the magnifying glass and fired onto the Decepticons after they took over the Autobots space shuttle.
R-7 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Hot Rod w/ Welder & Saw Blade - As Seen on TF The Movie:
It appears Masterpiece Hot Rod owes a lot to 1986 TF The Movie because all of his accessories seem to come from there. Without further saying, here are two more gimmicks, the spinning saw blade and the welder. To use these accessories, simply push the hand out from the wrist and the lower arm compartment panel will open, middle image from bottom. Next, pull the hand out and then rotate it in 180 degree so the pivot clip point outward, close the lower arm panel, see top middle image. Now do it for the other arm and when it completed, insert the spinning saw blade and the welder to any pivot. The left image is a recreated scene where Hot Rod used the welder to repair Kup from TF The Movie.
R-8 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Hot Rod w/ The Matrix - As Seen on TF The Movie:
Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus also comes with the small Matrix just like Takara/Tomy MP-9. In the lower portion of Hot Rod chest, the thin orange panel of his chest swing out to reveal a cavity for storing the Matrix, middle image. Insert the small Matrix to recreate to the scene from TF The Movie. This little gimmick really add playing value to the figure as well the important moment for the character itself. You can leave the Matrix inside his chest cavity even in vehicle mode and that won't affect the transformation. In fact, that's the best way to store the small Matrix from losing it.
Unlike Takara/Tomy MP-9 version, Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus comes with a 2nd Matrix! Its appearance, size, and opened gimmick are nearly the same MP-1 Matrix. With this larger Matrix included, Rodimus/Hot Rod can now hold with his fingers and opened up just like one of the scenes from 1986 TF The Movie. Of course with its larger size, this Matrix does not fit inside Rodimus chest, that one is reserved for the smaller Matrix above. MP-9 owners will not be happy about this unless they have a spare one from the MP-1 mold Prime/Magnus.
So far, there aren't that many " transformable figures" Transformers or un-official TF come with the Matrix. If I'm not mistakenly, only the following characters have them: 2001 New Year Prime, Galvatron Anime Version, MP-1 Prime (MP-4, MP-1B, MP-4S), MP-2 Magnus, MP-9 Rodimus. For the unofficial transformers, only the Igear PP01 Series have them. Here are the Matrix size comparison from smallest to largest in the length x width x dept in inch format:
- 2011 MP-9 Rodimus and TRU Masterpiece Rodimus: 3/4 x 7/16 x 5/16 - Cannot be expanded out.
- 2010 Igear PP01 Series (Ultra Leader): 1 x 10/16 x 5/16 - Expand out to 1 3/16 in length.
- 2011 MP-10 Prime: 1 3/16 x 9/16 x 7/16 - Cannot be expanded out.
- 2002 New Year Prime (Silver): 1 4/16 x 11/16 x 7/16 - Cannot be expanded out., comes with long silver chain to fit any person neck.
- 2005 Gavatron Anime (Gold): 1 4/16 x 11/16 x 7/16 - Cannot be expanded out., comes with short silver chain to fit Galvatron neck/head.
- 2004 MP-1, MP-4, MP-1B, MP-4S Prime, MP-2 Magnus: 1 6/16 x 13/16 x 7/16 - Expand out to 1 11/16 in length.
- 2011 TRU Rodimus Prime Prime: 1 7/16 x 13/16x 8/16 - Expand out to 1 9/16 in length.
R-9 The Guns - Hot Rod's Photon Laser Guns and Rodimus' Photon Eliminator Rifle:
Rarely do I make praise on accessory but one has to tip his/her hat to the designer department for coming up with such a brilliant idea of merging both Hot Rod's Photon Laser guns to form Rodimus' Photon Eliminator rifle. The design mechanism to make this concept work is so simple yet very effective and utterly beautiful. All it involved is just some springs inside both guns to make it works. To form Rodimus' Eliminator rifle, when the rear Hot Rod's photon laser gun inserts into the back of the front photon laser gun, the barrel of the front gun will project out and elongate its length. Simultaneously, the rear gun will do two things. First it also projects out and elongate the length of the gun handle. Second, the gun wings expand out. Finally, push it all the way in until you hear a clicking sound for the two guns to be fully interlocked with one another. That should complete the transformation. The rifle itself is roughly 6 x 1 11/16 x 1 1/2 (LxWxH in inch). Not only the concept is good, but the guns itself are designed with exquisite details and look superbly magnificent.
NOTE-3: Don't over combine the rifle because if the pegs at the side of the rifle wear off, there's nothing to interlock the 2 components from separating. Then you'll stuck with only Hot Rod guns mode.
My favorite posture of all his articulation is the last image where he kneels down with his head bent down just like from one of the cartoon episodes called "Hardest to bear". As you can, I even included the image from the cartoon so you can make comparison to the actual figure. Like all the masterpiece figures, the articulations are very impressive. Head, shoulder, body, and limps, are all moveable. For further detail, see R-15 under Articulation.
R-11 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Hot Rod Mode:
In vehicle mode Masterpiece Hot Rod is a sport hot rod car, hence the name, whose measurement is approximately 8 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/8 (LxWxH in inch). With a little bit over 8 inch in length, the car itself is pretty big. Although the transformation isn't that complicate at all but the process of getting there is a hassle especially getting the feet and leg correctly. Transformation is a lot easier than MP-9 Version 1 especially with some of minor improvements, but still requires minor massaging and fiddling for the tabs and pegs to snap and align into one another properly. Otherwise, you will get gaps and the wheels would not align evenly to the ground especially when it barely has enough clearance for the car to roll. Once everything is correctly transformed, the alternate mode is superbly magnificent and truly to the cartoon. The sport car is very curvy, sleek, and looks so aerodynamic.
Unlike the original 1987 Hot Rod where only the Targetmaster gun can mount onto the car engine, the Masterpiece edition was designed so that the 2 regular photon guns can be mounted as well. Moreover, the engine was done with style not just here the engine and a hole on top of it like the original. Instead, a top portion of the engine has to be lifted up to reveal a hole for either gun to be plugged into, top left corner. Another cool feature is the cockpit canopy can now be opened revealing the interior design of the steering wheel and seat, top right corner, just like Transformers The Movie. Last but not least, the bottom right corner is the underside view of Masterpiece Hot Rod.
R-12 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Compatible with Takara/Tomy MP-9 Trailer?
Of course yes! Why wouldn't it be when it's basically the same mold. The image on the left is Hasbro Rodimus with Takara/Tomy MP-9 trailer and it fits perfectly. In fact, Hasbro Rodimus with its red color scheme, it matches the trailer a lot better than the Takara/Tomy Rodimus itself which is magenta. In this vehicle mode, Masterpiece Rodimus is a "futuristic vehicle" as labeled by the original 1986 Rodimus Transformers Instruction Sheet. But sometime transfans considered him to be a Winnebago or Recreational Vehicle (RV). The latter terminologies are an insulting to some Rodimus fans so they prefer the futuristic vehicle. Masterpiece Rodimus in his vehicle mode is pretty big and measures approximately 12 3/4 x 4 14/16 x 4 1/4 (LxWxH in inch). I think it's totally impressive even though it only looks like an over size of the original 1986 Rodimus. In combine mode, the van itself is very secure, stable, and all piece lock nicely. The front canopy can be opened out to reveal the interior of the cab, right side image. Unlike the Hot Rod interior finish which has lots of details, Rodimus front interior finish only contains the seating. The designer could've at least included the steering wheel just to make it more convincing.
I have 2 main issues and 1 minor personal preference with MP Rodimus vehicle mode. When the trailer is by itself, it rolls fine but the issue occurs in combine mode. It's bad enough that you have to align, fiddle, and massage everything properly just to make Hot Rod car rolls despites with a very tight clearance from the underside, now you have to deal with another issue. Once the cab is inserted into the trailer, the middle wheels (front wheel of the trailer) sort of lift and just barely touch the ground. As a result, sometime the middle wheels do not roll. On another aspect, at the top of the cab rear roof by the yellow spoiler, there is this annoying large rectangle hole, bigger than 1/4", that is so visible. Lastly, this is my wish list, I wish they include the Autobot insignia back at the top of the trailer just like the original 1986 but they chose to omit out on the masterpiece edition.
R-13 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - The Secret to its Engineering:
So what's the engineering secret going from Hot Rod to Rodimus in robot mode? The designer used 3 techniques to disguise it. First, let's start with the face. Once you lift the top red head helmet all the way toward the back, it will reveal two faceplates behind one another joining by a long peg at the neck. To go from Hot Rod to Rodimus, simply swing Hot Rod faceplate and places it behind Rodimus faceplate. Next, lift the red head helmet over the top portion of the faceplate to conceal the revelation and conclude the configuration, middle image. The second alteration is the yellow spoiler at the back of the robot mode. When the Rodimus mode is used, the center spoiler above the white piece slides upward about 1/4" so that our eyes will see Rodimus spoiler is higher than Hot Rod spoiler. Finally, the last configuration involves the leg joints at the crotch which will result in a height difference between Hot Rod and Rodimus. For easy visibility and accessibility, first lift the waist plate upward to reveal the crotch and joints. Now pull the top of the red thigh downward to trigger the horizontal black crotch joint to go down as well. This will increase the length of the leg about 1/4" for the Rodimus mode. For Hot Rod mode, just collapse the joints upward back to its original location to decrease the length.
Back in the early stage when the prototype pictures started to appear everywhere on the internet, all transfans were wondering and talking about the mystery of Rodimus front cab and Hot Rod car mode. Will the robot transform into the front cab of Rodimus or Hot Rod car? Once Hot Rod alternated mode showed up, transfans were like so where is Rodimus front cab? Well, it turns out the infamous Rodimus front cab is actually hidden underneath the trailer itself, top left image. So, to transform into the Rodimus vehicle mode, the front cab or shell is rotated out at 180 degree, bottom left image. As you can see from this stage, we are already 95% from completing Rodmus alternated mode. With that, some fans may argue that Masterpiece Rodimus is not really a true 4 mode since the front cab of Rodimus is just a shell. Yes, it's a cheap trick but in my opinion it's very effective and clever. Personally, I love it after all in the end we get all 4 modes. Anyhow, the next step is to take Hot Rod car and reconfigures the roof and spoiler into the opposite direction so that rear car of Hot Rod becomes the front cab of Rodimus, top middle image. Next, move the Rodimus roof shell over top of Hot Rod to complete the transformation. The bottom right image is what the Hot Rod car and trailer looks like once they merged.
R-14 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Targetmaster Offshoot Robot Mode:
The little bugger that included with Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus/ Hot Rod is a Targetmaster whose name is Offshoot. Those that know their history, Hot Rod original Targetmaster companion goes by the name Firebolt. Not sure whether Hasbro lost the name right or not but that's another story. In the G1 Cartoon Series, Targetmaster is a terminology for a processing in which a person of Nebulon takes one of the Transformers weapons, modifies it to become a suit or armor so that the person can wear it, yet has the ability to transform it back to the original weapon. Back to the figure, Offshoot robot mode measurement is approximately 2 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1 7/16 (LxWxD in inch) and his overall appearance/ design is utterly gorgeous! His body color is predominately black with a little bit of red at the leg and gun tip, orange on the chest, and gray on the thigh, feet, joints, and gun barrel. Offshoot is all plastic, very solid figure, and has a great articulation for his small size. Transformation is simple yet very effective and convincing. The far right image is a scale comparision of Offshoot standing next to the World Smallest Transformers. It's a shame that Takara/Tomy MP-9 Rodimus didn't come with Offshoot or any Targetmaster because the figure is really awesome.
R-15 TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece - Targetmaster Offshoot Gun Mode:
Offshoot transforms into a double barrel gun and has a measurement approximately 2 7/16 x 1 1/4 x 1 7/16 (LxWxD in inch). Just like robot mode, the gun mode is also solid with all joints and pieces are held to each other nice and tight. On the underside of the gun, there are 2 gun handles with the second one is slightly hidden. The long main gun handle is to be held by Hot Rod robot mode. To mount the gun onto Hot Rod vehicle mode, flip the main handle 90 degree forward and that should give clearance to the rear 2nd gun handle when connecting into Hot Rod car engine, right image.
NOTE-4: If anyone is interested in obtaining the Takara/Tomy MP-9 Rodimus Prime, it is best to get MP-9 Version 2 since it resolved most of the issue just like Hasbro Rodimus. The best way to tell the two version apart is to look at the stamp date located at bottom of the box: Version 1: A0911, Version 2: H2511. Go to Borneotip blog for more information on MP-9 Version 2.
R-17 Original G1 Vs. Masterpiece Rodimus/Hot Rod and Scale Comparison To Other MPs and Igears PP01 Ultra:
R-18 Rémy's TRU/Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus Prime/ Hot Rod action figure review:
Manufacturer - Hasbro
Line, Series/ Wave: Masterpiece - TRU Exclusive
Year Released: [Aug. 2011]
Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD] - Forgot to measure it.
Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box. Contents were packed with the following procedure:
Rest on plastic tray are: "1" Rodimus Prime/ Hot Rod, "Offshoot", "1" large matrix, "1" small matrix (inside his chest), "1" saw blade, "1" welder, "1" photon laser front (form Rodimus front rifle), and "1" photon laser rear (form Rodimus rear rifle).
Beneath the top clear plastic tray: "1" sticker sheet, "1" instruction booklet.
Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Actual toy. Back Box Appearance: Art work of Hot Rod opening the Matrix as well as ads of Masterpiece Rodimus and Hot Rod special features.
Box Point or Robot Point: [N/A]
Approximately Dimension In Inch: Height Up To The Head: 9 1/2 Maximum Height: 10 1/4 (up to the wing spoiler) Width from shoulder to shoulder: 4 Maximum Width: 4 1/4 (from wing spoiler to wing spoiler) Dept: 5.
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ©HASBRO SA; ©TOMY; MADE IN CHINA; C1525A
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the under side of MP Hot Rod front window shield.
Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]
Material Durability: [B-] - Above average - Those tabs are too thin and fragile.
Materials: Die Cast Metal: Feet only. Chrome Part: Car and trailer exhaust pipes. Rubber: Wheels. Plastic: Main material. Clear Plastic Window: Window shield on Rodimus and Hot Rod.
Fun Figure: [+A] - Definitely a fun toy due to many gimmicks, challenging, and a cool design.
Negative Drawback: None, they learned and fixed all the problem from Takara/Tomy MP-9 Version 1.
Articulations: Head: Ball joint-like. Shoulder: Ratchet joint - can be swung 360 degree forward or backward. Can also be tilted 45 degree outward. Lower portion can be rotated 360 degree sideway. Arm/ Elbow: Top elbow can be rotated 360 degree sideway and bottom portion bent at a 90 degree. Wrist/ Hand: Can be rotated 360 degree sideway as well as be bent at 90 degree inward. 4 jointed fingers have additional 2 points of articulation plus a moveable thumb. Hip/ Waist: Can be rotated 360 degree sideway. Leg: Ratchet joint - can be bent at a 90 degree forward and backward, rotate 360 degree sideway, as well as a full split. Knee: Ratchet joint - can be bent at a 90 degree from the top and bottom portion. Ankle/ Feet: Ratchet joint - feet can only be bent 45 downward and upward.
Rub Sign Logo: [N/A] - Not Applicable.
Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Definitely looks like the cartoon.
Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Same as previous comment.
Special Notes: Here are "4" special notes that I think you should know:
1 - The pegs at the rear of the Hot Rod car holding the arm down are extremely thin in thickness. The same can be said for the Rodimus cab shell tab. Be very gentle when connecting or disengaging during transformation. Again reckless will damage the piece.
2 - Rodimus's Eliminator combine rifle has spring and is held only by two pegs at the side, don't over combine on and off. If these pegs wear off, the rifle components will be detached and you'll stuck with only Hot Rod guns.
3 - MP-9 ankle joint connection is very rigid and has spring at the side, just be gentle when transforming because it can snap and break.
4 - If you are planning to use with MP-9 trailer:
-Be gentle when removing and inserting Hot Rod mode into Rodimus' trailer. Reckless will scrape the chrome of Hot Rod exhaust pipes.
- Both Hot Rod and Rodimus alternated mode should roll finely, if not, it means you need to massage more until the all the connection align properly. Don't feel bad, I haven't ace this part too.
Overall Grade: [A] - Despites the poor choice in selecting the gray color on the face and hand for the Hasbro Masterpiece Rodimus, the designs and engineering of this figure is truly a masterpiece and a must have especially for Hot Rod and Rodimus fans! To me, this is the most exciting Masterpiece since MP-1 Optimus Prime. Wtih 4 splendid modes from one figure to be true to the cartoon, what more could you ask for?