"Age of Extinction" Deluxe Class Hot Shot Toy Review

in 2014, Action Figure Review, Age of Extinction, Autobot, Deluxe

Age of Extinction

Hot Shot General Information:
Release Date: November 2014
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Sidearm Blasters x 2; Blaster (Long)

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*Images and text below Amazon.com:
The only thing Hot Shot likes more than winning is winning and going home a hero. The fearless Autobus will charge into any situation, blasters firing at every target in sight. Convert, arm and attack with all the Transformers action you can handle! This Hot Shot figure is a high-powered fighter whether he's in robot mode or sports car mode. With a blaster in each hand, he'll be a match for any enemy in robot mode. And when he converts to super-charged Corvette mode, no enemy can hope to escape him! Keep converting him back and forth so he can handle whatever his foes dish out! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

As the "Age of Extinction" toy line wound down in 2014, the "Generations" segment of the line released one last new Autobot character: Hot Shot. This character is an "off screen" character, something that has become something of a tradition for movie toy lines over the years with characters like Crankcase and Backfire. Like many of those characters, he is a redeco of a previous figure. In this case Hot Shot is a redeco of Deluxe Crosshairs, so check out that review for details on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this review.

Robot Mode:
Hot Shot is an interesting homage to two different characters at the same time. The most obvious is Tracks, a Generation One Autobot who has since appeared in other segments of the toy line such as "Reveal the Shield" and "Alternators". This is largely due to the color scheme being mostly blue and the distinctive red face with a white "helmet" section (both of which call back to Tracks). However, there is also a slightly "smaller" homage going on here, specifically to "Transformers Prime" Hot Shot. That character also primarily used blue as his signature color, but like Hot Shot he also had "goggles" as part of his head sculpt. I'd still put most of the homage on Tracks (like say, 90%) with about 10% left over for "Prime" Hot Shot.

As mentioned above, a lot of the plastic used on Hot Shot is blue. These parts include his shoulder armor, forearms, parts of the lower legs and the soft plastic found on the sides of his "cloak". Contrasting nicely with the blue plastic is gunmetal grey, which is found on the torso, hands, upper arms and legs. I really like the way these two colors look together. The gunmetal color is a very rich one and also adds to the robotic appearance of the character. You'll find some greenish translucent plastic on the head that is meant to light pipe, but the color is rather opaque so you'll need a pretty bright light to make it work.

The paint details are what really solidify this as a Tracks homage. The "helmet" section of the head is painted white, along with small sections of the shoulder armor and parts of the waist area. Red is used on the robot face, forearms and lower legs. A small Autobot symbol is tampographed on the center of the chest. Overall, the deco does a good job of distinguishing this character from Crosshairs. Sure the two share a sculpt but he looks like he could be another Autobot from the same "design spec" (think G1 Prowl and Bluestreak) not Crosshairs deciding to paint himself blue, red and white.

All the joints on this figure are nice and tight (and really it's only been used a few times). Hot Shot includes the same weapons as Crosshairs, all of which are cast in black plastic. They can be stored in the "trenchcoat" section just like on Crosshairs.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Attach the two smaller weapons to the insides of the "trenchcoat".
  2. Detach the PVC plastic parts from the chest and the fold them in.
  3. Push each foot up, then swing the heel pieces in.
  4. Rotate the feet around so the bottom of each foot presses up against the other.
  5. Swing the hood piece of the vehicle down to the lower leg sections. There are two slots there that the tabs on the hood section fit into.
  6. Swing the sides of the "trenchcoat" in and push them down. There are slots on either side of the hood piece that small tabs on the "trenchcoat" halves will fit into.
  7. Swing the wheels behind the shoulder armor in.
  8. Bend each lower arm at the elbow and push it up against the rear wheel wells.
  9. Push the rear wheel well and arm sections in to from the sides of the vehicle mode.
  10. Push the rear section with the spoiler down.
  11. Attach the large weapon to the underside of the vehicle using the small peg and the hole in the knee sections.

On my copy of this figure, for some reason the tab that is supposed to fit into the slot on the panel near the left side, front wheel well doesn't go in very easily. I had to play around with it quite a bit to get the piece in, and even then moving the figure around made it pop back out. This may just be an issue on my copy of this figure (I haven't heard rampant reports of this) but I wanted to note it.

Vehicle Mode:
Adding another level of connection to G1 Tracks, Hot Shot's vehicle mode is a Chevrolet Corvette (specifically from 2014). G1 Tracks was a 1980's Corvette, so the connection is strong. I also appreciate that the two characters were both Corvette Stingrays of their time, a model that is in part, defined by distinctive sections on the front of the car that raise upward, leading to the headlights. The sculpt on this figure is the same as Crosshairs, including details like the oval shaped headlights and the Corvette logo on the rear of the vehicle.

Hot Shot is mostly a beautiful metallic blue plastic in this form. The spoiler is gunmetal grey and the windows are a translucent smoke colored plastic. The wheels are cast in black. There is blue paint on the cabin cover section, connecting the color to the blue plastic on the rest of the vehicle. A large white and red Autobot symbol is tampographed right on the hood. I do find myself wishing that there was some type of "flame" pattern on the hood to connect him even more to Tracks. While this mode looks good, the lack of paint detail (other than blue) makes it look kind of plain.

Final Thoughts:
Hot Shot is a fun homage to Tracks (and "Prime" Hot Shot). He's not a "must have" in my book but if you wanted to add a new Autobot to your army this guy is worth getting at retail price (but no more).