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    I suspect that Hot Rod was converted to a Targetmaster after the Rodimus Prime concept was aborted. They felt they should do something with the toy/character so they made him a Targetmaster.

Like I said, both the Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime toys were rereleased in 1987, HR now also being a Targetmaster:

As far as the toys were concerned the explanation is probably a simple one.

Season 3 of the animated series (in which Rodmus was still leader) ended in February 1987. Season 4 (in which it was intended Optimus once more become leader)aired in November of the same year. The Headmasters comic book (which first introduced Hot Rod as a Target Master) was published between these dates in July 1987. Transformers the Movie (which had first introduced Rodimus) had also just been released in December 1986.

In light of this what were probably looking at is a simple scheduling conflict as both Hot Rod and Rodimus had appeared in both the comics and animated series/movie extensively within the space of the last 12 months and were both probably popular sellers.

The fact that the Headmasters comic was published after the end of Season 3 but before the start of Season 4 of the animated series suggests that it was always the plan to make Hot Rod a Target Master.

I expect that had the animated series continued to run throughout 1988 that Rodimus Prime toys would have been slowely phased off the shelves of toy stores in the same way that Hasbro had done with other toys that had been 'killed off'.

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