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Name: Hot Shot
Series: Robots in Disguise
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: None on the toy, but he was SpyChanger leader in the show
Alternate Mode: Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   A black sports car that's either a Porsche or meant to resemble a Porsche, Hot Shot has a yellow and red flame motif on his hood, and separate flame motifs on his doors. He's got metallic blue windows and a small Autobot symbol stamped onto his roof. He has gold chrome hubcaps painted onto his black tyres. While it's not the sort of paint job you're likely to see, it's a pretty cool one.

   The moulding detail's pretty good for a toy this size. Hot Shot has door seams, door handles, side mirrors, an engine grill behind the rear window, popup headlights, taillights, an indent at the back for a licence plate and even front indicators. None of these details are painted, so it's subtle, but these details are there. While I doubt that during G2 these details could have been painted, they probably could have pulled it off in RiD - although the toy would probably have cost more.

   As with all SpyChangers, Hot Shot has front and rear axles, and can roll quite well, and is designed to fit into Hot Wheels tracks. That's about all for the play value, although I don't really expect much more for a toy this size.

   One of the better Gobot moulds, with a nice paint job, the level of mould detail is good and he's significantly different from the three previous versions of this mould (Megatron, Blowout and Frenzy).

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty simple. Pull down the rear to form the legs, fold down the hood to form the chest, pull out the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   The flame motif is now on Hot Shot's chest, more correctly on the bottom of his black chestplate. His arms are also black (with flames on their sides), his thighs are transparent, his lower legs are white with silver painted highlights, and slicer feet.

   His head is also made of transparent plastic, although all but his eyes and a small section on the back are painted silver. Not only does this give Hot Shot a working lightpipe, it also shows the facial detail of this mould a lot better than the rough paint applications of the G2 toys. You can now clearly see the eyes and the mouthplate.

   Poseability is what you'd expect of a SpyChanger - his shoulders rotate. It's not great, but for a $7 toy it's enough. The play value's in the car mode, anyway.

   The paint job works well in this mode, I'm particularly impressed by the paint job on his head, this is the first time we've had a toy of this mould that does it justice, detailwise. Couple that with a good SpyChanger mould, and Hot Shot has a good robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   A slight modification of Artfire of Car Robots in Japan, who had silver windows and the Autobot symbol was a heat rub on a window rather than on the roof. Artfire's name is borrowed from the Japanese Targetmaster of the same name, although this toy is clearly meant as a tribute to Stepper.

   He's also a recolour of Megatron, Blowout and Frenzy from G2's Gobot series. There's also at least two clear versions out there.

OVERALL

   A good SpyChanger mould and a novel paint job for this mould with detail not achieved in G2. Hot Shot is one of the better SpyChangers, and I'd recommend him even if you have a Gobot of this mould - 7.5/10

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