Yesterday I read the latest IDW, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye comic and it gave me a desire to dig out a slightly old figure. Animated Rodimus Minor,
who I’m sure was Rodimus Prime on the show but due to him having a Hotrod vehicle mode, I think they didn’t want any confusion with toy collectors. Nonsense aside, he is an amazing toy and outshines new figures with his 5 year-old design.
Man, when I first saw images of the Transformers: Animated cartoon, I thought to myself, “There is no way in Hell that they are going to be able to make show accurate toys.” They may have had to take a few liberties here and there but boy did they prove me wrong and this toy is no exception. He is so sleek and polished its crazy. Looking at him front and back, I wouldn’t fault you for thinking that he’s just a robotic action man with vehicle parts as armor. Like some cosplayers, he has a full humanoid waist and lower back area. Amazingly he has damn near zero backpack as most transformers toys have.
It sits very flush.
Instead of coming armed with two hand blasters like the original Transformers G1 Hotrod Figure (His predecessor), he has a double barreled crossbow that shoots spring-loaded missiles or you could call them arrows I guess.
If you include his somewhat ab crunch ability, he has 24 points of articulation. 2 points in the neck, 2 in the shoulders, 2 in the elbow, 2 in the wrist, 360 waist rotation, ball jointed hips, knee bend/swivel and ball jointed ankles. He is magnificently painted. Silver tail lights on the shoulders and a silver Autobot symbol for vehicle mode. He is orange paint on the top of his feet, his collar and the crest on his head. His chest / hood has gold painted flames surrounded with an orange outline, a red with white Autobot symbol, yellow headlights the black for the bumper. Other paint is some maroon on the roof of his car mode and his shoulders appear to be fully painted in maroon instead of just solid plastic.
His vehicle mode is sleek and beautiful. Just like the robot mode, looking at it top down, the unknowing would just think it was a regular car. It puts you in mind to his 1986 original car mode but its more modernized and stylized to fit the show at the time. He can also mount his crossbow on the roof of his vehicle mode.
As much as I love this figure, he is not without flaw. His shoulders are bulky much like any Rodimus figure you would find. While trying to get a good pose you could accidentally detach his shoulders easily from the ball joint that they’re connected to. His hands are sculpted open palm. Its cool but some poses look awkward. His main flaw for me is his big car hood chest. It’s so huge you can barely see his waist detail making him look fatter than he should. As for the vehicle mode, it’s sleek but doesnt stay together as well as I would like. Also from the rear, you can clearly see his robot crotch hanging out under there.
I’ve already been saying this over and over again but this is a great figure. Unfortunately he was an extremely rare figure distributed exclusively at Toys R Us at the end of the Transformers: Animated product line. I would say go out and hunt him down but I’m pretty sure he is very very expensive at this point. Then again, you know what, if you are a third-party buyer you are used to spending cash on figures that aren’t always better than this one so maybe you should go out and hunt this toy down. Especially if you are missing him from your Animated collection.
Just for fun, here he is with Human Alliance Pinpointer who is a Target Master