Hello! This is attempt #2 at Modern Poseable Hot Shot! Let's see how this guy does.
See, there's an integral problem with making Armada Hot Shot, But With Joints. Armada Hot Shot transformed in a certain way that doesn't really.... allow for real arms? Like, he's a sports car, and his arms are layered on top of his torso, and they really only swung out to the sides because, like... there's no room for additional jointing, and this also means his torso is absolutely flat. So if you want to give him real arms and a real torso so that he doesn't look like Pancake The Robot Man, you have to... change things? A lot? And the more you change things, the less he looks like Hot Shot.
The first attempt at Armada Hot Shot But With Joints, Universe (2009) Hot Shot, tried to reinvent him pretty hard. It gave him a vehicle mode that was shaped more like an actual car (an Audi TT to be precise) and it did all sorts of crazy shellformer stuff that resulted in him having arms, sort of. I mean, sure, he had arms, and those arms articulated... but not with the amount of panels piled on them from every direction. The toy, despite all its joints, was immobile. (also the feet were extremely loose, making it difficult to stand the thing, but that's a separate issue)
And so attempt #2, in all honesty, has a pretty low hurdle to succumb. Legacy Evolution Armada Hot Shot comes back to do Armada Hot Shot Again. But good this time, we hope! And for the most part, it succeeds! The good news is, its arms are finally absolutely free to move about. Nothing is attached to them. If there's panel-y backpack stuff, it's tucked away. And he's got a waist rotation joint, at long last, which honestly seems like heresy in connection to an Armada Hot Shot toy. Also unlike the previous new Hot Shot, he's got his axelzooka again (but not geared to a Mini-Con nor does it fire anything). He's also stolen Jolt's gun one more time, but that's really the cartoon's fault for stealing it first. His feet do fold out like the original toy's, but there's no chainsaw stuff sculpted on there. Driving claws? Sort of.
The downsides are his forearms are a little anemic. They have to be, because so much is being crammed into that middle section of the car, but the result is a Hot Shot that's not quite his expected silhouette. He had big punchy arms, and now he doesn't. The roof of the car, instead of hanging off the underside of his forearms, is now on the back of his legs. This is out of the way of his arms! It's not out of the way of his knees, though, and in order to bend those knees more than 30 degrees, you gotta fold those car roof halves out of the way. (The car windows are still sculpted on the insides of Hot Shot's forearms.)
But otherwise, hey, yeah, it's finally an Armada Hot Shot that functions well as an action figure. It's an odd existence, since his entire appearance was originally wholly dependent on being a platform for various gimmickry. He looks the way he does because the play pattern came first. But now here's that design but with ankle tilts.
Something gained, something lost.