Yes, I did it. I killed Optimus Prime. And I’d do it all over again! AHAHAHAHAHA!
Before we begin, I’d like to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I’m not at my regular place right now, so I lack the setup to produce sharper pictures. Although the florescent lighting here seems better. You’ll notice the pics don’t have that green tinge from my other pics.
In regards to Classics Rodimus, I wasn’t going to get him initially. But having read and seen some good reviews, particularly the one from CollectionDX, I finally broke down and got Roddy. So is Roddy worth the hype? Or should I have stuck with my original plan? Let’s see shall we?
In vehicle mode, Rodimus (or Hot Rod if you prefer) is a somewhat futuristic car, just like his original incarnation was such a car. And he’s actually a really really nice looking car. He’s sleek, and detailed and all around pretty. Not only does he have a detailed interior, but if you look at the underside of the car, there’s loads of unnecessary detail down there. And if you know me, you know I love unnecessary detail. And these details are especially unnecessary, since they’re covered up in robot mode while in vehicle mode, they’re seldom seen at all.
Transformation is straightforward with a few nice touches here and there. But nothing overly fancy.
Robot mode looks great… and that’s about it. Oh, like I said, his robot mode looks great, and it even has a little flip out “communicator” that looks and presumably acts like the one in the original ’86 movie, where Rodimus/Hot Rod “communicated” a sense of hostility toward a giant alien squid by shooting his spinning razor edged “communicator” into the squid’s eye.
But that’s basically all Rodimus has going for him. But I’m a self confessed articulation monkey and Rodimus just doesn’t satisfy me in that category. In fact, his articulation is kinda… crap. And the reason for that is because of his back kibble. Aside from the fact he can’t lift his arms up to the sides to begin with, the back kibble prevents him from even moving his arms forward very much.
Rodimus also lacks elbows. Oh, he can bend his elbows mind you. It’s just that when he does, it leaves a huge gap in his elbow area, as if his forearm is just hanging off where the elbow is supposed to be. This coupled with the aforementioned restricted shoulder movement, leaves Rodimus with pretty crap arm articulation.
His lower body articulation is fine though. He doesn’t have any swivel thighs or biceps, but considering this is a pre-2007 movie figure, that’s forgivable. Transformers seldom got those points of articulation back then.
The only way to give Rodimus decent upper body articulation is to mistransform him a little. Simply don’t spin the backpack and spoilers around when it’s time to fold the backpack up. This will give Roddy clearance for his arms to swing forward, although it’ll mean the wings will be sitting a little low, but fortunately, not too low.
Rodimus comes with a cool rocket booster flame thrower that can be attached to both vehicle mode or used as a projectile firing weapon in robot mode. The projectile in this case is a purple flame shaped missile.
In regards to the Henkei version of this toy; based on what I’ve seen, I wouldn’t recommend Henkei over the regular Hasbro release. The Henkei has an orange hood, which I understand makes it more accurate to the original toy. But at the same time, it’s just not an aesthetically wise choice, since the rest of the toy is red. Nor is it cartoon accurate.
Rodimus is not the worst toy in the world, but he could have been better. He looks wonderful but his articulation is average at best. Sadly, this mold simply isn’t “all that”. It’s only about average.
2.4 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent