The leader of one pack and the right leg of the other pack… Hot Spot! Discharge (Universe Red Alert)!


Now, maybe in Japanese this is a perfectly harmless word. I personally just giggle a little anytime I see the name. This is probably why Hasbro was more than happy to rename the little fire engine “Red Alert” when they released it. Of course, why they couldn’t simply use the name Hot Spot, like the G1 fire engine Protectobot, we’ll never know. Likewise, why they choose instead to apply the name Hot Spot to the yellow sportscar of the group (the one that is just begging to be named Sunstreaker.)

Whereas Discharge is a fire engine of indiscriminate origin, Hot Spot is apparently a Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great fire engine (the name alone already sounds like a Japanese Transformer).

Now that is an impressive ladder you've got there, Mister.

Now Discharge, in the new 2002 bios is described as disliking “aggressively participating in battle,” while being “rather scary when angered”, but pointing out that Discharge is a she. “Contrary to her robust outward appearance, Discharge is a female Cybertron warrior.” Let’s try not to think about the various uses for the word “discharge”, especially now that we know she is female.

Hot Spot on the other hand “likes to be where the action is.” Of course, Hot Spot’s quote is,

“Rust never sleeps, and neither do I.”

Which really doesn’t make too much sense, all things considered. As if Transformers were just naturally inclined to rust due to inaction. One thing I did learn while writing this post is that there is actually a difference between the Japan release of Discharge and the American release of Universe Red Alert. Discharge shares the original 1992 release’s white upper legs, whereas Universe Red Alert actually has shiny silver upper legs.

What I find interesting is that the 2002 bio writers seemed to feel the need to compensate for Discharge's rather "manly" appearance with the line "Few Cybertron fighters have seen her true appearance, as she is usually equipped in her heat-resistant armor." As if appearance needed explaining in a robot.

Like most of the Combiner commanders that form the torsos in the Scramble City style combiners, Hot Spot’s robot mode has a pretty decent level of articulation for a G1 toy.

I'm quite liking this guy, he might actually be my favourite Scramble City commander.

Also, like those other commanders, Hot Spot has a third “Base” mode, in which he plays the part of a repair bay, complete with extra articulated arms.

However, unlike his commander bretheren, Hot Spot has a fourth mode, described as “Emergency Car Carrier” in his instructions.

Just an all ’round good guy, ready for just about any emergency situation.


2 thoughts on “The leader of one pack and the right leg of the other pack… Hot Spot! Discharge (Universe Red Alert)!

  1. Pingback: Imagining the greatest combiner in Transformers history. Generations and G1 Hot Spot! « 'Til All Are Mine

  2. Pingback: Sometimes a little paranoia is a good thing. Sometimes you just got to go for it anyway. Red Alert part 2! | 'Til All Are Mine

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