"Generations" War for Cybertron Hot Shot Toy Review

in 2019, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Deluxe, Fan Channel, Generations, Selects

Generations Selects War for Cybertron Trilogy

General Information:
Release Date: October 2019
Price Point: $19.99 (depending on retailer)
Retailer: Fan Channel (BigBadToyStore, Entertainment Earth etc.)
Accessories: "RT-10 IR Electro-Scope Launcher", "W-5 Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster"

Hot Shot

Official images and text below in italics are from >Hasbro:
Fans can take their Transformers figure collections to the next level with Generations Selects, a fan-dedicated line of figures featuring fan-favorite, special edition characters you can’t find in the main line.

This special edition Generations Selects WFC-GS09 Hot Shot figure features a design inspired by Cybertron Defense Hot Shot from the Unicron Trilogy where Hot Shot was part of the elite, heavily armed Cybertron Defense Team. This version also celebrates his origins on Cybertron with a Cybertronian alt mode inspired by how Hot Shot would have appeared on Cybertron before arriving on Earth.

Generations Selects WFC-GS09 Hot Shot comes equipped with 2 weapon accessories: RT-10 IR Electro-Scope Launcher and W-5 Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster. They combine to form the HD Vector-Beam Mega-Blaster. Features classic conversion from robot to vehicle modes in 14 steps. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

EXPAND YOUR COLLECTION WITH SPECIAL EDITION FIGURES: Generations Selects is a fan-dedicated line of figures featuring special edition characters that can’t be found in the main line.

CYBERTRON DEFENSE HOT SHOT-INSPIRED DESIGN: Design is inspired by Cybertron Defense Hot Shot from the Unicron Trilogy where Hot Shot was part of the elite, heavily armed Cybertron Defense Team.

REVEALS HOT SHOT CYBERTRONIAN ALT MODE: This version of Hot Shot celebrates his origins on Cybertron with a figure design inspired by how he would have appeared on Cybertron before arriving on Earth. Figure features classic conversion from robot to vehicle modes in 14 steps.

CUSTOMIZABLE AND EXPANDABLE WEAPON LOADOUT: Comes with 2 weapon accessories that combine together to form a larger weapon. Weapon ports on figure enable accessories to attach in custom configurations. Fans can use weapon accessories from other Siege figures to expand figure’s loadout (each sold separately, subject to availability).

  • Includes Generations Selects Deluxe Class WFC-GS09 Hot Shot figure, 2 weapon accessories, and instructions.
  • Figure scale: 5.5 inches
  • Ages 8 and up
  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

With releases like Red Swoop and Powerdasher Cromar, the Generations Selects series has been heavily focused on creating figures with a G1 source. However, with the release of Hot Shot, the designers went in a different direction. Looking towards the Cybertron (aka Galaxy Force) series, the designers took inspiration from Cybertron Defense Hot Shot for this release. Using the Siege Hound figure as its base, the figure was given a new head and a deco that pays homage to Cybertron Defense Hot Shot. This makes him the second Siege figure to pay homage to Cybertron after Galaxy Upgrade Optimus Prime.

Packaging:
Hot Shot comes in the standard cardboard Selects box. The outside has a large Autobot symbol in the front with a smaller "Transformers: War for Cybertron" logo on top. A sticker on the side wraps down to the bottom to seal the box. The sticker has the Takara Tomy and Generations: Selects logo on it. Slice the edge of the sticker and unfold the box to find Hot Shot inside a plastic tray with his instructions underneath. The interior of the box has a hex pattern on it with Hot Shot's "rank symbol". In a fun bit of packaging design, you can technically unfold the box completely and fold it back together inside-out so the hex pattern faces outward and it looks pretty cool!

Accessories:
Hot Shot includes three accessories. One is the "W-5 Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster". This is a thin weapon with a round barrel that resembles the rifle included with the G1 Hound figure. This piece is cast in black plastic with silver and red paint on it. There is a 5mm peg on the bottom and the front end allows you to attach a Blast Effect.

The second accessory actually goes with the first. While not called out in the product description, Hot Shot includes a cylinder that can attach to the back of the "Refraction Blaster" to form what looks like an ammo drum. This piece is also cast in black with silver deco on it.

The final accessory is the "RT-10 IR Electro-Scope Launcher weapon". This piece is based on the rocket launcher that came with G1 Hound. It shares its basic shape, but there is no rocket to attach. Instead, the opening is designed to accomodate the blast effects included with the Battle Masters. This piece is cast in a black with red and silver paint details. It features a 5mm peg on the bottom and back, allowing you to connect it to other weapons in different configurations.

Robot Mode:
Cybertron Hot Shot had a very distinct head sculpt and this figure seeks to replicate it. The "helmet" section features a piece that looks almost like a pair of goggles that could slide over his eyes with a targeting scope over one eye. The top of this section comes up at points on the sides and either side has circles on it. It is a very distinct design and the designers did a fantastic job of replicating it.

The rest of the sculpt is the same as Hound's. The original Cybertron Defense Hot Shot was a bulky robot who transformed into an ATV. While this figure is not as bulky and a Jeep-like vehicle instead of an ATV, I can totally see the thematic connection between Hound's body design and Cybertron Defense Hot Shot. Both bodies are bulky in their own way and they look like they are built to take a lot of damage on the battlefield. This was a fantastic way to reuse the Hound sculpt and I love the way the figure looks as Hot Shot.

The new colors on this sculpt are based on Cybertron Defense Hot Shot's deco. The plastic colors are a combination of metallic blue, red and black. These were the key colors on Cybertron Defense Hot Shot and the combination looks beautiful on this figure. Paint colors include yellow, silver and red. These are mostly used to paint parts like the head, forearms and bits of the chest. That said, I was surprised by the amount of silver used on this figure. Not only is it used to paint details on the face and chest, but it is also used for the "battle damage" on his legs. Fans who do not like the battle damage decos in Siege will definitely not be crazy about this deco choice. A nice finishing touch is a large Autobot symbol on the top of his chest section on the left side. This is very likely a callback to the Autobot symbol on Cybertron Defense Hot Shot in vehicle mode.

All twenty points of articulation on this figure are nice and tight. On top of that, his nine 5mm ports are nice and tight as well. And don't forget about the Blast Effect attachment points! There is one on each shoulder, one on each leg and one on the chest. Altogether his articulation and ability to attach to other figures and accessories really helps the figure come to life.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the accessories and set them aside for now.
  2. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  3. Swing the insides of each lower leg out, then swing it out.
  4. Swing the back panel back, then push the middle section down and swing it back.
  5. Swing the shoulder sections back a bit.
  6. Swing the chest up.
  7. Swing the arms in. Angle the arms slightly and push them up against the bottom of the vehicle mode.
  8. Rotate the leg panels forward to form the sides of the vehicle. Clip these panels in using the tabs on the sides towards the front of the vehicle.
  9. Push the black panel from the back of the robot mode down.
  10. Push the robot feet down.
  11. The wweapons can be attached to any of the 5mm ports on the top and sides of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
There was no retooling done for the vehicle mode, and it really did not need it. Like the original Cybertron Defense Hot Shot, this version of the character looks like a vehicle built to go over rough terrain and take hits if necessary while roaring into battle.

The same colors used in the robot mode take center stage here. You get to see a bit more black via his wheels but blue still dominates the deco. As mentioned earlier the Autobot symbol on the hood calls back to the Autobot symbol on the original Cybertron Defense Hot Shot. I will say again that any fans who do not like the "battle damage" deco will not be totally happy here. Silver is used on the front sides and back in details that look almost more like smudges of silver colored mud instead of battle damage. I think they look fantastic but your mileage may vary.

Hot Shot features eight 5mm ports in this mode. Four are on the top, the other four are on the sides. This allows you to attach the weapons he comes with in various configurations, including a more classic one where his blaster sits on one side. You can also attach the drum to a 5mm peg in the back which calls back to the spare tire on G1 Hound. If you want to pretend Hot Shot is charging into battle on your display shelf, the front section features a peg to attach a blast effect, carrying over that play pattern into this mode.

Final Thoughts:
Hot Shot is a fun and beautiful redeco/retool of the Hound sculpt. It also pays homage to something other than G1. Don't get me wrong, I love my classic characters, but the Transformers toy line has such a rich history that it is fun to see Hasbro and Takara Tomy pull from eras other than the 80's. Highly recommended!

Pros:

  • A fun and surprising character choice.
  • Great articulation.
  • Lots of attachment points for accessories.
  • Cool accessories.
  • Beautiful deco.

Cons:

  • Some fans are not crazy about the way the arms do not fit into any slots in vehicle mode to hide them away.