The Spot is in the Zone. Zounds!
This Titanium figure is a repaint of the Titanium R.i.D. Prime mold, and is packaged under the 25th Anniversary banner.
Hot Spot, or Hot Zone as he’s called here, was the leader of the Protectobots, a combiner crew comprised of rescue vehicles who formed Defensor. I don’t like Defensor, never did, probably never will. Why? Because he’s the opposite of one of my favorite combiners, Bruticus. And I always felt he was too callously presumed to be Bruticus’ equal or superior. There was insufficient build-up to their rivalry.
But anywho, let’s stick with the toy now. This is generally considered one of the best, if not the best, Titanium mold out there, and I can certainly accept such a generalized consideration. The short of it is, he’s a great looking mold, especially the fantastic head sculpt which is what drew me to him. He’s stable, unlike many other Titanium figures. He’s pretty well articulated as well, and the paint scheme is quite interesting. Oh, and the transformation is pretty darn awesome, especially for the generally simplistic Titanium line.
That’s the good, now the bad. Which is not a lot now that I think about it. I guess it could be pointed out that he seems to not have that much die cast on him as compared to say, the Fallen. Although that’s arguably just a product of the design. His chest is perhaps a bit narrow from a side view, but it’s no biggie. Same with the huge feet, they’re no big deal either. The forearm guns are a little loose too, they tend to depress rather than stay exposed. I guess the only other thing I can nitpick on is that he doesn’t come with a personalized display stand like the earlier Titaniums. Overall, there’s no significant bad points, just nitpicks that shouldn’t really affect your decision to get this guy.
So, we done good, and we’ve done bad… now comes the ugly part. Which is the paint. Which is disgustingly atrocious. Oh god, the paint is awful. I searched through every piece on display, and found the one with the least amount of over-spraying and generally bad paint apps, but when I brought him back and transformed him… Ugh. You see, his Transformation’s pretty neat, as you don’t see his truck bits in robot mode. But once I turned him into his fire engine mode, I got to see more of the horribly horribly applied paint. Paint is not something I normally care about, but when the quality of work is to the level that I think even I could do better, then we’ve got a problem ‘ere.
But despite the “2 paragraphs of bad: 1 paragraph of good”-ratio, I still think that Hot Zone is pretty fantastic. He’s a worthy purchase that I’m glad I got. As you can see, he’s got a lot of play options and even an unofficial base mode. Sure, you’re paying a bit more for him than you would a Deluxe, but you’re getting a bit more as well. He’s worth it for what he is.
A really good toy with a truly horrific paint job, he’s good enough that all other complaints are nitpicks at best. The pros outweigh the cons in this case. I would recommend this guy.
Pros: Looks good, is stable and well articulated. Surprisingly fun and cool.
Cons: Epically horrible paint job.
3.6 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