Hot Rod? No. Call me Rodimus
Now, Rodimus was a bit fun when it came to deciding which form best suited him. Essentially, both are nearly identical in robot mode aside from some color differences, moobs, the face, and a few other things. I decided his Hot Rod form was the best to use in this series. Rodimus in MTMTE is still very much the immature, gungho, irresponsible bot he’s always ever been. In the cartoon, I feel that his Hot Rod design plays more to that, especially since it looks younger. I could have just drawn Rodimus with a younger face, but I I also really prefer the color scheme he has as Hot Rod, so yeah, this works.
Also, Hot Rod is probably my favorite Autobot!
Hot Rod/Rodimus © Hasbro