Universe Hot Shot

I HATE Jame.

From Transformers Universe 2.0, we have this Deluxe-class Hot Shot. This guy’s got a lot to live down to. The original Hot Shot from the Armada toyline was infamously repugnant.

And on the face of it, Universe 2.0 Hot Shot does not live his previous incarnation down… or DOES he?

Aesthetically, this Hot Shot looks… terrifically generic. I love the fact that when all’s said and done, he’s a fantastically, painfully standard looking Autobot. He’s like the faceless and mute main character in a hentai dating game. Heck, his foldable face mask let’s him actually be faceless.

But like I said, I love this about Hot Shot. It lets him blend in. I mean, he does look good, but he can be a centerpiece of your display or just someone stuck in the middle of it. He’s the Snake Eyes of your TF collection (oooh, how troll of me).

Articulation-wise, Hot Shot is pretty good, but you really have to mistransform his back kibbled so as not to get in the way. Provided you don’t mind the reduced show accuracy and the whole back kibble thing, he’s pretty darn well articulated. His default stance is a sort of muscleman with his arms slightly spread, but otherwise, this guy has a good range of motion for all his extremities.

Transformation can be fiddly, but is nicely complex and clever.

Jolt the Minicon is a nice looking copter with an interesting transformation for a Minicon. He’s otherwise a worthless hunk of plastic.

Yes, Hot Shot’s license plate says JaAM. This is awesome and the only reason I was even interested in the guy to begin with.

Overall
A surprisingly good Deluxe. The main thing you gotta do is mistransform the back kibble and he’s totally solid. I’d recommend Hot Shot.

Pros: Looks good if vanilla, interesting conversion process and most of all, well articulated. Oh, and JaAM.
Cons: Jolt. Potential Restrictive kibble. Transformation is fiddly, limbs might pop on 1st or 2nd try.

3.0 out of 4.0




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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

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4 Responses to Universe Hot Shot

  1. Faxon says:

    I really like this mold. I can see why people don’t like it, and maybe it is due to me having the henkei version with more of the original moulding in mind (guns and gaps for said guns in the rear bumper). I even like Jolt, inspite of him being crap even for a minicon.

    • updatedude says:

      Oooh, you got the Henkei version? Nice.

      I gotta admit, I was never interested in the Henkei despite the chrome and guns and less kibble issues. 1) Henkei would cost more, and I got this guy only because of mark-down, and 2) I admit, the only reason I wanted this guy in the first place was for JaAM!

  2. TAO says:

    Updatedude,

    I’m glad you like this guy, but I bought him with the intent to review him, and just never got motivated to. He was pretty frustrating to me with the awkward doors on the back, I’m glad to see you’ve found a way around that.

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