Henkei Hot Rodimus needs upgrade!
When Hotrod activates Matrix of Leadership to destroy Unicron, he is upgraded into Rodimus Prime, complete with trailer / carrier / command base just like his predecessor. FansProject relives that experience by creating this set called TFX Protector. The set that I have here is actually knocked off version as I can’t buy the original release due to skyrocketing price. I won’t discuss KO issues that commonly happen in this set.
TFX Protector is compatible with Classic Hotrod and Henkei Hot Rodimus (and other redeco releases of this mold) though actually for Henkei there is slight color differences. It’s pretty obvious but not too much, I find it okay. This is successor to previous City Commander upgrade set for Classic Optimus / Henkei Convoy and major improvement over it by having simple design, simple attachment, yet solid modifications to Henkei Hot Rodimus I have. It literally upgrades Henkei Rodimus into it’s own incarnation of Classic / Henkei Rodimus Prime.
Vehicle mode, it looks decent. I have no problem at all, now it feels like Rodimus Prime in his alt mode.
This is the carrier detached from Henkei Hot Rodimus.
Disassemble the carrier and transform Hot Rod to be attached with this set to create Rodimus Prime, or FansProject called it Protector due to copyright issue. The progress is complicated but fun to do. The only complain I have is that attaching chest part is really-really pain in the a**.
Rodimus Prime is here!
This set upgrades Hot Rodimus into the next level. It helps to fix some major issues I found in original figure. A real improvement I really need. It looks bada**, tough, and charismatic.
This is Rodimus Prime we want. Yes he is not as good as Optimus Prime in term of leadership, he is still a Prime. I really like this appearance. From hating Henkei Hot Rodimus, now it got redemption by having serious upgrade and improvement to add some values that makes it worth to be collected.
This set also gives you “Guardian”. It’s similar to Roller for Optimus Prime, and it is better. It reminds me of mini 4WD car, and that means great. You can attach Hot Rod’s blaster at the top of this Guardian.
The trailer or carrier can be transformed into a sentry gun base. It looks menacing! I like this kind of upgrade. Not only Rodimus transforms into a Prime, but he is provided with deadly arsenal to help him facing enemies.
In the end, if you hate Hot Rod figure from Classic / Henkei line but still you need him to be collected, then this set is a must. Not only it helps this figure from “bad” to even “better”, this set fixes some issues and improves them for more replay values. If you can afford, buy the original set.
PS: Actually this KO set also gives you a scythe which is originally for Shattered Glass version of Hot Rodimus+Protector. I didn’t document it though.
This figure is not impressive at all.
Unlike that Henkei Convoy which is superior in all aspect, Henkei Hot Rodimus is plainly a lazy attempt though I do admit that it’s way better than Hasbro’s Classic Hot Rod version. That gold coating plate is a sweet deal.
Vehicle mode, this Hot Rodimus is a cool supercar called Dome Zero. Yes, I like this kind of car. Very sporty, looks tough and cool. It also has alternate mode with blaster attached at the top by folding the spoiler part of it.
Transforming this figure is easy, but seriously, annoying.
Robot mode, Rodimus doesn’t look good at all. Head sculpt is boring and some joints are difficult to move due to transformation. I have to say, this is a fail sculpt. It’s ridiculous, uninspiring, dull, and lame.
This design needs an upgrade, and luckily TFX Protector answers it all.
*yes, I am so lazy reviewing this figure, to think that this is actually Henkei version really made me sad until TFX protector saved my day.