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Hot Rod is a bot of many toys!


Generation One

  • Hot Rod (Autobot Car, 1986/2000/2002)
    • Japanese ID number: C-78
    • Accessories: Photon laser 1, Photon laser 2

This is totally what cars will look like in the far-flung future of 2005.

Hot Rod, which turns into a red sports car with a yellow spoiler, was one of the first toys designed specifically for the Transformers toyline, versus being an imported pre-existing toy. Designer Floro Dery created Hot Rod for the animated film and then the toy was created from his model sheet. (The model sheet would be altered further after the toy was completed.) The toy comes with two rifles. There are two versions of this toy; initial releases have die-cast (unpainted) metal feet, while later shipments use black plastic.
In 2000, Takara re-released the Hot Rod toy, having had to retro-retool it from the Targetmaster release. Aside from this, the "flame decos are now stamped marked instead of labels. In 2002, Hasbro released it as part of the Toys 'R' Us exclusive Commemorative Series line as Rodimus Major. Both versions use die-cast metal for his feet.
The same mold is used by Black Rodimus.

  • Rodimus Prime (Autobot Hero, 1986/2004)
    • Japanese ID number: C-77
    • Accessories: Photon Eliminator, spoiler, 2 x gun shields (left & right)
G1 RodimusPrime toy

As you're enjoying your retirement in 2006, tour the country in this!

Rodimus Prime was designed in much the same way as Hot Rod. Rodimus transforms from a robot and battle platform into a futuristicky Winnebago camper. The toy comes with a "Photon eliminator" rifle and two blast shields to attach to either side of his mobile defense bay's cannon. (The yellow spoiler was also to be removed and replaced during transformation.) Like Hot Rod, there are materials variations; initial releases have metal toes with rubber tires, while latter shipments replaced both with black plastic.
The metal-toes/rubber-tires version of the toy saw re-release in both Japan and the US in 2004.
This mold was later redecoed as a lucky draw prize Primus.

  • Hot Rod w/ Firebolt (Targetmaster, 1987/2004)
    • Japanese ID number: C-110, TFC-13
    • Accessories: Firebolt Targetmaster
G1 TMHotRod toy

In 2007, hood-cannons will become a standard feature.

Hot Rod was re-released with his new Nebulan Targetmaster partner Firebolt a year after the original release. The toy was retooled to have larger pegholes in his fists and his engine block so the Targetmaster gun would fit. Latter versions of this toy retooled his lower legs to minimize the scraping of his thigh decals.
Takara reissued Targetmaster Hot Rod in 2004 as sort of an "ultimate" version, with metal toes (the original versions all used plastic) and the two photon lasers from the non-Targetmaster version.

  • Crystal Rodimus (Autobot Car, 2001)
    • Japanese ID number: C-78C
    • Accessories: Photon laser 1, Photon laser 2
One of the earliest e-Hobby exclusives, "Crystal" Rodimus uses the reissue Hot Rod mold, but cast almost entirely in transparent plastics. He was available only in a set with the evil clone Black Rodimus.

Return of Convoy

  • Star Convoy w/ Hot Rodimus (Autobot, 1991/2005)
Japanese ID number: C-372

2011: The year the Shriners will take over the automotive industry.

Available only with Star Convoy, Hot Rod's Micromaster form is a simplified version of his original toy, transforming into the same futuristic race car. In 2005, Star Convoy was re-released with several deco changes; among them, the decals used on Hot Rod were changed to paint applications. When Star Convoy is in robot mode, Hot Rod can sit inside his chest.

Choro Q

  • Rodimus Convoy TV Version (2002)
    • Japanese ID number: Q/05
    • Accessories: Photon Eliminator rifle
Choro Q Rodimus

The average car of 2022 will have expanded to fit the average American driver.

Transforming super deformed version of Rodimus Convoy containing a pull back motor. He came with a small version of his Photon Eliminator rifle that can be held in his hand or attached to the top of the truck when in Choro Q (vehicle) mode.
  • Rodimus Convoy Metallic Version (2002)
    • Japanese ID number:' Q/06
    • Accessories: Photon Eliminator rifle
This metallic version featured metallic flake paint for the body and gold paint for the wings on Rodimus' back. Otherwise, the toy is the same.


  • Rodimus (Deluxe, 2006)
    • Accessories: Rocket engine/missile launcher, flame missile

And in 2026, the future predicted in 1978 will finally come to pass. Perfect for a road trip to Sanctuary!

Classics Rodimus is a sleeker, more streamlined version of the original, now transforming into a heavily-altered Dome Zero. His rear-mounted thruster engine becomes a hand-held weapon in robot mode, launching a spring-loaded missile, or can remain attached to his back to become some kind of jet pack. His left arm also hides a flip-out "comm unit" that is clearly supposed to be the buzzsaw he used for a brief period in the Movie. As with all Classics toys, Rodimus has a heat-sensitive rubsign.
In a twist of delicious buttery fandom irony, Classics Rodimus has elements that were introduced in Energon Rodimus, making him a somewhat backwards-homage. His face also appears to take visual cues from how he was drawn by Derek Yaniger in the Generation 2 comic book.

Titanium Series

  • Rodimus (3-inch Robot Masters, 2006)
    • Accessories: Firebolt gun
TitaniumRM Rodimus

"Three-inch Rod" is its own joke.

Titanium Rodimus is a 3 inch tall, non-transforming, die-cast metal figurine. He has limited articulation, localized in his head, shoulders and waist. His gun (which looks an awful lot like Firebolt) is also removable. Excitement!
  • Rodimus Prime (6-inch Cybertron Heroes, 2007)
    • Accessories: Photon Eliminator rifle
TitaniumHeroRodimus toy

Winnebago... of the future!!!

Titanium Cybertron Heroes Rodimus Prime is a mostly die-cast metal transforming toy based loosely upon the original Generation One Rodimus Prime toy. He features much greater articulation and bulkier body proportions.
Unlike the original toy which separated into a robot and a battle station, the entire vehicle mode of the 6-inch Titanium version transforms into the robot mode. As with Classics Rodimus, Titanium Rodimus Prime takes some visual cues from the Energon version of the character in addition to the original toy and the animation model... and the actual Classics Rodimus toy, such as the engine-block dickie.

Kiss Players

  • Hot Rodimus X SyaoSyao (2006)
    • Accessories: Engine/tonfa weapons, fishing rod/exhaust blasters, ShaoShao Li figurine with steamer

The fishing rod turns into arm blasters. The girl eats dumplings.

Kiss Players Hot Rodimus is a retool and redeco of the Alternators Mirage toy, transforming into a red Ford GT. His engine becomes a pair of pistols that double as tonfa weapons, and his fishing rod can be taken apart and reassembled to create a triple-barreled arm-mounted blaster reminiscent of the original Hot Rod's exhaust pipe weapons. His new head sculpt includes a retractable visor patterned after the one used in the movie.
The toy also included a PVC figurine of the character's "Kiss Player" partner Shaoshao Li and a bamboo dumpling steamer.


  • Rodimus (2007)
    • Accessories: Engine/tonfa weapons
Alternators Rodimus toy

He wants to go fishing too...

Alternators Rodimus is an exclusive figure, released at the San Diego Comic-Con and Hasbro Toy Shop in July 2007. It is a repaint of Kiss Players Hot Rodimus, which itself is a retool of Alternators Mirage. The figure uses the same head mold introduced in the Kiss Players figure, retaining the original's visor gimmick. The deco has been altered by changing the side striping from white to yellow, while the stripes over the hood, roof and trunk have been eliminated altogether, replaced by a Hot Rod-style flame graphic on the hood and front guards. Most of the Kiss Player deco remains in robot mode, including the yellow hands and flame graphics on the forearms; however, the license plates (located at the knees in robot mode) have been changed to read "TOO HOT".
Rodimus' weapons are the dual pistols/tonfa seen with both Mirage and Hot Rodimus, however his Kiss Player counterpart's fishing rod/eliminator and dumpling steamer weapons were not included in the Alternators release. They left the girl out too.


  • Series No. 047 Hot Rodimus (2008)
    • Accessories: Photon laser 1, Photon laser 2, 4 x hands (left & right gun holding hands, right pointing hand and thumbs-up left hand)
A non-transforming but highly articulated Hot Rod action figure, Revoltech Hot Rodimus uses the Revoltech "revolver joints" for maximum poseability. It comes with his twin handguns, an extra head with deployed visor and a more neutral expression, a posing stand, and four extra hands (two hands for holding the guns, a pointing right hand, and a thumbs-up left hand).[1][2]

Henkei! Henkei! Transformers

Henkei HotRodimus toy

"They dipped my headlights in chrome. Now I don't drive at night."

  • Hot Rodimus (Deluxe, 2008)
    • Japanese ID number: C-05
    • Accessories: Rocket engine/missile launcher, flame missile
In 2008, Classics Rodimus was released in Japan as part of the Henkei! Henkei! Transformers line by TakaraTomy. Now called Hot Rodimus, he features several significant deco differences, such as a large orange and yellow flame tampograph on his hood to better resemble the Generation One cartoon model's appearance. The other flame tampographs have also been redesigned, his forehead crest is a more subtle colour to distance itself from the Energon Rodimus homage Hasbro introduced. The only other addition in terms of deco is orange paint on the cuffs of his lower arms. All Henkei! Henkei! toys feature a somewhat randomly vacuum-metallized part somewhere upon them, his headlights are painted chrome gold paint, while his entire spoiler is vacuum-metallized gold.
This mold was used to make the evil "Shattered Glass" Rodimus and "Gentei" Wildrider.

Universe (2008)

  • Rodimus (Legends Class, 2008)


  • MP-09 Rodimus Convoy (2011)
    • Accessories: Matrix of Leadership, saw-blade, welding tool, 2x rifles.
This is the ninth figure in the TakaraTomy Masterpiece line. In Rodimus (Hot Rod) mode, he transforms into a futuristic sports car. His engine that protrudes from the top of the bonnet is spring loaded to simulate a rumbling motion if the engine is on. It also has a cap that can be opened to allow his rifle to be mounted like his original figure.
For Rodimus Prime mode, the vehicle mode is changed slightly. The spoiler section is rotated to cover the windscreen and the exhaust pipes are folded forward. In the trailer attachment, the new cockpit is flipped up from the front. Rodimus is then slotted in the front and his back wheels become the front wheels of the ruck mode.
In non-Prime mode, Rodimus has many feature. If you rotate the nubs on the side of his head, the visor he uses in The Transformers: The Movie will be flipped on. Also, the hands can be flipped in to reveal two stumps, on these the saw blade and welding tool, also from The Movie, can be attached.
Minor changes must be implemented to transform him into Rodimus Prime. The face can be flipped by lifting up his helmet. His fin's angle is changed by the slightest degree and his legs are extended at the hip. His rifles are also combined to form the larger cannon. In Rodimus Prime mode, the same features apply. The Matrix of Leadership is stored behind a panel that can be pulled down. One of the complaints about this figure is the size of the Matrix, it is vastly smaller than the one that came with Masterpiece Convoy. His trailer can also be opened up like the original figure and used as a battle base.
Another complaint is the weakness of a panel joint on his shins, when rotating, the joint is susceptible to breaking. Also, if the fans wanted the Offshoot figure, they had to pay another $15.00 and buy it separately.
The toys is later repaint into Black Rodimus.

Transformers (2010)

  • Masterpiece Rodimus Prime with Offshoot (TRU exclusive, 2011)
    • Accessories: Matrix of Leadership x2 , saw-blade, welding tool, 2x rifles, Offshoot mini-figure.
Like Grimlock, this is a $/£59.99 Toys 'R' Us exclusive repaint of an existing Masterpiece figure, this time the Rodimus Convoy. The new paint-job is based on the look of the original toy, rather than the MP-09 which is based on the cartoon appearance. It comes with a small sticker sheet with the chevron stickers for his arms, there is also a Decepticon and Autobot sticker.
He is also packaged with the Targetmaster Offshoot mini-figure, an homage to his original Targetmaster, Firebolt. He doesn't come with the Rodimus Prime trailer but can still be turned into Rodimus Prime in robot form.
He also comes with another Matrix, the same as the one packaged with Masterpiece Convoy, so it can be held by Rodimus Prime. It still comes with the smaller Matrix because the larger will not fit in his chest.
The weakness in his shins have been dealt with.


Super Collection Figure PVCs

  • Rodimus Convoy (Super Collection Figure Act 2, 2002)
Figure came in full color and clear.
  • Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (Super Collection Figure Act 2 Chase, 2002)
Chase figure for Act 2 Assortment, colored body with translucent pvc.
  • Rodimus Convoy with Matrix (Super Collection Figure Act 4, 2003)
Figure came in full color and pewter variant.
  • Hot Rodimus (Super Collection Figure Act 6, 2003)
Figure came in full color and pewter variant.

Mega Collection Figure PVCs


"YOU! Yeah, you! Say that again to my face, you son of a--!"

  • Hot Rodimus (Mega Super Collection Figure, 2002)
Japanese ID number: Mega SCF-04
5 inch tall non-transforming, articulated PVC action figure based upon the cartoon model. He comes with three sets of hands- an open palm set, a fist set, one welding/repair hand, and one sawblade attachment hand; an extra head (with optical visor and grimacing face); and a (gray and orange) Matrix accessory.
  • Rodimus Convoy (Mega Super Collection Figure, 2002)
Japanese ID number: Mega SCF-06
Mega SCF Rodimus Convoy is a 5 inch tall non-transforming, articulated PVC action figure based upon the cartoon model. He comes with three sets of hands- an open-palm set, a fist set, a pointing hand, and a hand holding his 'Photon Eliminator' rifle, as well as a Matrix (identical to the one included with Hot Rodimus).


Hot Rod mv

I'm a little bit expensive.

  • Rodimus Convoy vs Galvatron (Transformers: 2010 , 1986)
2-pack featuring 2 untransformable vinyl figures of Rodimus Convoy and Galvatron.
  • Rodimus Convoy (Transformers Pullstring T-01, 1986)
Pullstring vinyl statue of Rodimus Convoy with 4 japanese phrases.
  • Rodimus Prime (Heroes of Cybertron, 2003)
Stateside release of the Super Collection Figure Act 2 figure with light piping added to the mold.
  • Rodimus Convoy (Transformers My Clone AS-4, 2003)
Figure MTF-007, non-transformable SD/Kubrick style figure with interchangable parts
  • Hot Rodimus (Metalverse Collection MVC-01, 2007)
Large, rather expensive PVC statue with a base sculpted "Hot Rod" on it released by Daiki Industry. Designed by Hirofumi Ichikawa and sculpted by Yuho Koike, it was originally conceived as a clock-statue (the clock would have gone in the nameplate/sigil section of the base) and proposed as a BotCon exclusive by Mr. Koike and Fumihiko Akiyama. More origin details may be found here.

Robot Heroes

  • Rodimus Vs Insecticon (2007)
G1 RobotHeroes RodimusVsInsecticon

Light our cutest hour.

Rodimus is a two inch tall figure sculpted in super deformed style with articulation at the shoulders. He is included with Shrapnel, who is incorrectly labeled merely "Insecticon".

3D Battle-Card Game

  • Hot Rod (2007)
A 28-point "uncommon" character in the 3D Battle-Card Game's "Energon Wars" expansion, Hot Rod "transforms" into a red sports car that vaguely resembles a Ford GT 40. He uses the same parts layout as Movie Barricade and Bumblebee.



Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?

  • Before final production, the Hot Rod toy was cast in a pinker plastic similar to the color of his animation model. For unknown reasons, this was changed between the first shot and final production stage to a decidedly less show-accurate red before release, but the earlier version of the toy is visible in the original :1986 Hasbro toy catalogue, and the televised Sharkticon toy advert.
  • Before final production, the Hot Rod toy's legs extended to reveal exposed knees. This was changed between the first shot and final production stage. The knees are still present, just blocked by an additional plastic tab that keeps the legs from fully extending.
  • Miscommunication between Hasbro and Takara that neglected to mention the fact that Rodimus Prime was supposed to be the new Autobot leader and the upgrade of Hot Rod led to Takara creating the original prototype for the G1 Hot Rod toy in three times the final size, about as tall as Beast Machines Nightscream. When Hasbro corrected Takara about those details, Takara's designers were disappointed because they had to make Rodimus Prime's toy larger than Hot Rod's.[3]
  • In an odd intra-Hasbro design move, Hot Rod's larger original handgun was remolded slightly and reused as the nosecone cannon on the Cobra Stellar Stiletto in 1988. Hey, Hot Rod was occupied with Firebolt at the time anyway, right?

New Rodimus, not to be confused with New Coke.

  • New Rodimus was the tentative name for an unused Rodimus Prime design revealed in the Japanese book Transformers Generations. Unlike his predecessors, he would have transformed into a fire engine. According to the caption in the book, New Rodimus would have come out after Star Convoy, and his transformation would involve splitting at the waist.
The idea for New Rodimus's transformation was eventually used by the Brave toy Duke Fire, which is also a fire engine that splits at the waist in order to transform. Unlike New Rodimus, however, Duke Fire is also composed of an ambulance that becomes his arms.
Some have speculated that New Rodimus was intended to become power-up parts to Star Convoy similar to how God Bomber and Victory Leo upgrade Ginrai and Star Saber, respectively. This is supported by several pieces of evidence:
  • Generation One Transformers made by Takara generally do not split apart as part of their transformation, and when they do, it is usually for the purpose of combining with another robot.
  • Duke Fire, who inherited New Rodimus's transformation, combines with J-Decker, a robot similar in general shape to Star Convoy, to form a larger robot called Fire J-Decker.
  • Fire J-Decker's chest piece (formed from Duke Fire's chest) successfully clips onto Star Convoy's chest (albeit not as securely as on J-Decker's chest).
  • For a short time, Takara contemplated releasing a Hot Rodimus (Hot Rod) remold of the Alternators Mirage toy as the next Binaltech release after Ginrai, but that plan became obsolete when Takara decided to cancel the Binaltech line as a mass retail line altogether. Instead, Hot Rodimus also ended up as part of the Kiss Players line, after "Ginrai" had previously become Kiss Players Convoy.
  • One of the first concepts for Classics Rodimus was based around the Pagani Zonda super car, before the Dome Zero design was decided upon.
  • There are a couple of unintentional configurations that can be made with the weapons of Classics Mirage and Deluxe Megatron: by flipping Rodimus' right hand in and removing Megatron's cannon (this is achieved very simply and can be reattached, so don't panic), the hexagonal socket connects to the exhaust pipes on Rodimus' arm, thus enabling him to hold Megatron's cannon. Also, if you plug Mirage's blaster on the underside of a fist (whichever one's holding Rodimus' cannon), you can have a vaguely crossbow-shaped armament. In addition, his fists bear non-standard (5mm) peg-holes, making him incompatible with most figures' weapons; however his weapon does fit into Universe Sunstreaker/Sideswipe's shoulders.
  • Powerlinx Hotshot is an obvious homage to Hot Rod.

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