For a character that was given to us, nay thrust upon us as the savior of the Transformers, who would use the Matrix to light their darkest hour, he hasn't gotten a lot of love. Fans are divided on him. Some love Hot Rod, Some Rodimus Prime. And some hate both.
He was Brash, Intelligent, somewhat Foolhardy, and had a lot of Leap before Looking-ness going on. These were all qualities my Teen-aged self could really relate to. He had the self-confidence that I would have liked to possess, and I have a lingering soft spot for him. The character of Smokescreen on TF Prime was based on him, and made me buy a toy or two.
I had high hopes for MP-09 Rodimus, but he was fiddly in his transformation, and felt fragile to me. I have the Toys R'Us version, and the first one had to go back for exchange for damage. I never fully trusted the replacement, never really got him into vehicle mode correctly, and just hoped for some third party company to fix me up.
And then they announced MP-28. MP-28 was not Rodimus Prime, he was Hot Rod to the core, and scaled to the other Masterpiece cars. Since it was Hot Rod, the character, that I treasured, this sounded like the version for me.
I had my hopes up. I really did.
and HE DID NOT DISAPPOINT(much)
|This is G1 Hot Rod|
|For his Time, a lot of fun|
|TF Animated Hot Rod... very cool but lacking my G1 aesthetic|
|He lasted about one scene in the Cartoon series|
|This is the Classics Rodimus- about 85% perfect|
|Not fond of his elbow joints- I'm picky- or his weapon|
|MP-28 is really the definitive version|
|His vehicle mode matches the animation model|
|and with drop down targeting goggles|
My Small gripe is this: he has a matrix chamber, but no matrix. The chamber is for the MP10 matrix, to play out the matrix passing scene
and there are more coins...