As many assumed would be the case, there's no trailer, meaning we'll have to do without the famous space-Winnebago vehicle mode. However, we are getting a new paint scheme (more in line with the original G1 Hot Rod toy) and accessories to compensate! Of particular note is the new Targetmaster (or gun transformer) "Offshoot", undoubtedly a new version of Firebolt, Hot Rod's Targetmaster from 1987. Woo! We also see that this release will be a Toys R Us exclusive as Hasbro's MP Grimlock was.
For those of you worried about the toy's overall quality after some of the initial Takara release's iffy reviews, do not fret. Many of the niggling little issues should be fixed this time around, as an improved reissue of the Japanese version is also around the corner. This Hasbro version will most likely benefit from any improvements they've made for the mold.
There's no release date as of yet, but with Botcon (the official Transformers convention) coming in just a few days, I'm sure it won't be long before we're marking the days on our calendars! Personally, I think Hasbro's Masterpiece Rodimus is looking absolutely fantastic, so sign me up.
I bet Chris from Extreme Action-Figure Videos will be pretty excited as well: