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Sunday, September 26, 2010


Hi there boys and girls! Welcome, welcome to yet another random post and blog of the passionate Transformer and toy collector Adam aka WingSaberX!  Today we are looking at specifically, the brilliant and intuitive Transformers Animated timeline, where the wise creator of the animation models- (the uber talented Mr.Derrick J. Wyatt ) -- has made this incarnation of the Hot Rodimus Character into a real team-player and  a tough as nails type of leader. He's got a bow and Energon arrows for a weapon! Talk about channeling  a 'Robin-Hood' archetype! Far from the indecisive, whining  and inexperienced portrayal in the original Transformers series.  Just stopped off one of my favorite haunts for scouring a great buy- Amcorp Mall flea market. Had no particular reason to go there other than to try and find another decently priced buy (Am winding up my purchases of Vintage Japanese Transformers for the time being till the year is up! and just focusing on neat little releases that is much more easier on the wallet! LOL!  ) and get one of the most eagerly anticipated Animated releases to grace the market.  

The text taken below from wikipedia and out of box toy pictures are linked and credited to Amiami Japan! 


Transformers Animated

Rodimus Minor/Rodimus Prime
Japanese nameRodimus Convoy
Sub-groupDeluxe Vehicles
PartnerOptimus Prime
Motto"Actions speak louder than words."
Alternate ModesFuturistic Muscle Car that is a cross between a 2008 Dodge Challenger and a 1969 Ferrari Daytona
SeriesTransformers: Animated
English voice actorJudd Nelson
Japanese voice actorHiroya Ishimaru
Rodimus Minor is a character who appeared in season 3 of the Transformers Animated series. He is an homage to the Generation 1 version of the characterHot Rod.[2] He wields an energon bow-and-arrow weapon of his own design.[3] On March 31, 2009, Derrick J. Wyatt, lead Transformers Animated Character Designer posted an image of Rodimus' vehicle mode, which is described as a futuristic muscle car that is mostly based on a 2008 Dodge Challenger with some elements of a 1969 Ferrari Daytona. This was revealed at the 2009 BotCon where Hasbro released an action figure of Rodimus Minor. It showed that the 2008 Dodge Challenger parts of Rodimus' vehicle mode were mostly based on the back, top, and sides of the vehicle, while the 1969 Ferrari Daytona parts were found in the front of the vehicle, most notably, the headlights.
Actor Judd Nelson, who originally voiced Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie reprised his role as this character.
Rodimus Minor leads an Autobot crew consisting of Red AlertIronhideHot Shot and Brawn.


Transformation of this toy is pretty simplistic, nothing too complex. Just flip out both doors to reveal his arms, and rotate and swivel upwards and click into place, releasing his fists. Next,  release the foot peg and divide the legs from his underside- Next, just lift his hood up to reveal his head, in addition to flipping his front engine to show his Autobot insignia. Clip the back car top and flip up his spoiler, tabbing it firmly into place. Bring his legs downwards and rotate his hips to the front, and then Second last step, then you must clip in the side of the lower legs into each pegs to straighten and extend a pair of (rather spindly looking) legs! finally, his side exhaust pipes that at are on his thighs are lifted upwards and clipped into place to finish the Rodimus robot mode. Thanks Peaugh!



Fun Publications

Rodimus's biography was printed in issue #24 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine. He is described as a young prodigy, the "chosen one", who is
 expected to become the next Magnus in record time.



Animated series

Rodimus was seen in the season 3 "Transwarped" special, leading his team in defending a Space Bridge from Strika's "Team Chaar". His team was overwhelmed, and Rodimus is infected with Cosmic Rust, courtesy of Oil Slick, putting him out of commission. According to Derrick J. Wyatt, Rodimus is back on Cybertron de-rusting. He can later be seen on Cybertron cheering for Optimus Prime and his crew for defeating the Decepticons in "Engame, Part II".




Animated Rodimus Minor was released in the US as a Toys "R" Us store exclusive long after the series went off the air in 2010.[4] The figure comes with an Energon bow and arrow and the figure's vehicle mode engine block can be flipped to show the Autobot insignia.[5] In Japan he was released in metallic finish, and also in a clean plastic version ala the Animated 'Sons of Cybertron' two-pack release with the Deluxe mould of Cybertron Optimus Prime.


The packaging for all Japanese toy releases is always showcases a neat design and alot of cool graphics. I like the way these 'toys' -- so called -- are presented at the back of the packaging showing a realism of an action / battle poses.  The Takaratomy repaint in his signature and shiny maroon colors are sharp and very interesting, but not really surprising since the recent trend of toys released have always had a touch of panache and collectability on them. Get this toys for your TF: Animated collection, only because of his G1 homage in his  both his robot and car mode. 
Oh, and shiny paint rocks! A+

Transformers Animated Rodimus Copyright Hasbro and Takara 2010

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