Legends Deluxe Hot Rod is repainted and remolded from Transformers: Generations Deluxe Hot Rod. Headmaster Hot Rod is repainted from Titan Master Firedrive. He comes with a new mold Targetmaster. Read my review of the USA Hot Rod & Firedrive here.
Headmaster Hot Rod
The Takara version of Hot Rod has the same head sculpt as the USA version, but with a much better paint job. For starters he’s darker red, and they painted his forehead. In robot mode he looks awesome, unlike the USA version that has no paint apps at all.
Firebolt is awesome. I love the silver, gray, and black color scheme. Where they went smaller with the Titan Masters than the original Headmasters, the new Targetmasters are larger and more complex. He looks great.
Hot Rod’s chest has been completely remolded. This allows his engine to be spun around and hidden to make him look more like the G1 toy. This change also added a port on his engine to pout his Targetmaster on him in vehicle mode. They also used molded translucent flames, which look great. These changes did make his chest and torso larger than on the USA version. I kind of like the way the front of the car folded up on the USA version. His overall color scheme is darker red than the USA version, which is a huge improvement.
Overall: The Targetmaster and paintjob makes this superior to the USA version.
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