|The MP-09 Masterpiece Rodimus Prime is accompanied by Trailer/Mobile Defense Bay, Photon Eliminator, buzzsaw, welding torch, and Matrix of Leadership accessory. MP-09 Rodimus Prime is designed to enact the physical metamorphosis of the smaller Hot Rod into the noticeably larger Rodimus Prime; a switch-out feature swaps the younger Hot Rod likeness for the sterner Rodimus Prime likeness; Hot Rod’s twin Photon Lasers can be joined to create Rodimus’ Photon Eliminator. The metamorphosis is similarly reflected in vehicle modes, enabling Hot Rod’s sleek car mode to covert into a modified carrier for the trailer component; the Mobile Defense Bay, contained within the trailer, is equipped with a double-barreled cannon.
Hot Rod appeared in Transformers: The Movie, initially serving as a companion to the young Daniel. Kup served as Hot Rod’s built-in fencing device, the former frequently coaching the latter on his impetuous ways and mild disregard for rules and regulations. Using his retractable visor, Hot Rod was the first of the Autobots (those stationed at Autobot City) to detect the presence of the Decepticons aboard the incoming Autobot shuttle. Later, on Quintessa, Hot Rod deployed his buzzsaw to escape the misguided affections of a mechanical squid, and used his welding torch to repair the battered and dismembered Kup. Ultimately, within the labyrinthine bowels of Unicron, Hot Rod retrieved the misappropriated Matrix of Leadership from the crazed Galvatron, and was imbued with a transcendent glow as the Matrix transformed the outmatched Hot Rod into the dauntless Rodimus Prime. Rodimus’ heightened strength was such that he easily defeated Galvatron, which left the new Autobot leader with the final task of unleashing the remaining power of the Matrix to destroy Unicron.
NOTE - The opening Matrix shown in the instruction booklet is the version that came with the MP-01 Optimus Prime, not the smaller version that comes with the MP-09.