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Fort_Max's review of: Rodimus

Name: Rodimus
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Cavalier
"Action is my middle name."

Young and bold, Rodimus races headlong into danger, throwing caution - and his orders - to the wind. He dreams of heroic deeds and hopes one day to gain the recognition his actions deserve. Despite his inexperience, he is a talented fighter. In battle, he can often be seen racing at speeds up to 180 miles per hour, dodging explosions and laser blasts in an attempt to close on his objective.

It's been a while since I've had the money or inclination to buy much in the way of Transformers, opting instead to spend my hard-earned wages on comics and 'adult beverages'. However, when pictures of the new Classics line started showing up on the internet, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I was hooked again. And, of course, I was right. As soon as the figures started showing up on store shelves, I snapped them up and sped to the checkout with all the speed my body could manage after years of constant abuse.

Vehicle Mode: Rodimus' vehicle mode remains largely unchanged, though it's been slightly redesigned to be far sleeker. The windshield flows into the rest of the body better than the original, and the garish yellow fin has been toned down dramatically to a dark orange that actually fits the color scheme. Rodimus looks less and less like a car 'from the far-off future of 2006', and more like a somewhat plausible concept car.

In short, he's everything Hot Rod wasn't.

The only major change was in the placement of his weapon. If you'll recall, Hot Rod's weapons plugged into the engine poking out of his hood, guaranteeing that anyone (Perhaps...Daniel?) riding along in the heat of battle would not actually be able to see the fatal shot that sent them to their final reward. Rodimus' weapon, on the other hand, plugs into the undercarriage of his vehicle mode, becoming his tail pipe. Plug in the missile (another of those flame spout things that I've never really understood), and it'll look like Rodimus is tearing down the highway at incredible speeds, despite never having left your shelf. Should you feel the need to switch him to 'battle mode', simply flip the fin section up over the roof of the car. You can now fire his missile at whatever you please, all while enjoying an uninterrupted line of sight.

Robot Mode: Here's where Rodimus really shines. Gone is the poorly designed brick with two (count them, TWO) points of articulation. Never again will you have to look at Hot Rod's horribly misshapen head (unless that's just how you roll). Rodimus is incredibly well-proportioned, and able to be posed any number of ways. One minute, he could be kicking back, fishing with Daniel (or just pushing him in and watching him struggle). The next, he could be leaping into battle against a bloodthirsty Decepticon horde, doubting his adequacy all the while. Whatever you decide, Rodimus is more than ready. He has knees, people. KNEES!

As before, very little has been changed from the original character model. Aside from a few minor changes, such as the engine on his chest plate or the plates hanging from his waist, this is Hot Rod all the way. Except that he can actually move.

It should be noted that there is one nifty little feature that's been added: Rodimus' left arm has a small communications array that flips out from beneath his hand, giving him the opportunity to call for back-up, or just leave inappropriate messages on Arcee's answering machine.

Transformation: 10. Both modes are well designed, and switching back and forth shouldn't be too taxing for most.
Durability: 9. Rodimus is made out of the same quality plastic as any other Transformer currently on the market, so average use shouldn't cause him to break any time soon.
Fun: 9. Great figure of a classic character.
Price: 10. At $8, you're not going to have to sell a kidney to afford it, and he's worth every penny.
Summary: 9.5. I've been disappointed by figures like this in the past, but this toy managed to surprise me. If you like Hot Rod at all, this is a must have for your collection.

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