Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm
So Cheetimus made me a yellow Hot Shot, because he loves me or something. Sorry, Cheets, I already have a bromance going!
At some point Cheetimus realized that he can paint, and so recently he's been doing piles of modifications to Transformers toys to either make them look more like their media appearances or just for fun. For example, he's done buttloads of Ratchets and Knock Outs and such. Definitely stuff above my particular skill level, for sure. For example, just by looking at this Hot Shot he sent me, I notice he can actually paint straight. (Rulers and straight lines have always been my natural enemy. I mean, check out these old It's Walky! strips... these panel borderss were drawn with a straight edge. I kid you not.)
The Hot Shot he sent me is the offspring of two toys. Cheets took a PRID Bumblebee and gave him PRID Hot Shot's head. After all, that gives you a yellow Hot Shot, correct, without nearly as much painting? Then it was a simple(?) matter of detailing him to look more like a classic Hot Shot deco. He seems to have gone for the Armada animation colors route, with the grays instead of navy blues. Bumblebee's stripes were painted over in red and his gut and thighs were done in red also, with some silver accents to call back to his Armada seatbelt chest details.
He's perfectly transformable, though Cheets warned me not to fuss with his visor. The paint there means it can't be moved anymore without scraping.
This toy reminds me of the early Armada Hot Shot prototype, the broadshouldered one. Aaron Archer said one of the reasons for the change was that he didn't think the "football player" look worked for the character, and the transformation made him too wide. And yet, here we are.
To sum up, Cheetimus is good at painting. If you think your Knock Out needs more yellow, I'd check him out.