In 1986, audiences were introduced to a new member of the Autobots – a happy-go-lucky, “all-American” Autobot, Hot Rod. When Optimus Prime passed early in Transformers the Movie, he predicted that an Autobot would rise from the ranks, and light their darkest hour – a prophecy fulfilled in the conclusion of the movie where Hot Rod seized the Matrix of Leadership from Galvatron and became Rodimus Prime!
We’ve had a good few years for Hot Rod toys, with a new Masterpiece Hot Rod and Titans Return Hot Rod filling the roles of cartoon homaging high-end release and reimagined Generations figure respectively, and before both we had other updates to Hot Rod. But Rodimus Prime has until now had a much more limited outing, with only a Titanium figure that is really showing its age and a Masterpiece figure that is infamous for its quality control issues. We’ve never had a Classics or Generations style Rodimus Prime – until now! Power of the Primes gives us a welcome Generations update of Rodimus Prime, with the added bonus of including a smaller Hot Rod figure who can “arise” into Rodimus Prime by combining with his space winnebago trailer.
It’s an extremely cool idea, in concept. Unfortunately there are some sacrifices made to accommodate both the smaller Hot Rod and the larger Rodimus Prime form, with the shoulders being a major weakness in Rodimus Prime mode. If Rodimus Prime were an all-in-one figure, he may have been an absolutely awesome release on a par with the best of Generations. As-is, he’s fun, and a very welcome update to the successor to Optimus Prime, but he is by no means perfect. Check out his gallery below: