Given they seem to have put the fringe cast in Generations and kept the popular names for Studio Series, it would be daft not to make them fit with each other. I can't see anyone being happy with Hot Rod and the Quint judge being the same size. Or Hot Rod and Siege Springer either.
Even as a kid it aggrivated me when characters were the wrong size.
I hated it when small children like Molly Cunningham from TaleSpin were the same size as the adults. Likewise, I also hated it (and still do) when something is too big like most people seem to think Optimus Prime is like, 50 feet tall. TFP was a particular scale nightmare to me when Ratchet ends up with giant tires on his arms and tiny doors on his chest, or Arcee's teeny tiny wheels in her legs. It's pretty bad when your own body can't even have a scale within itself.
Scale doesn't have to be 100% accurate, but when no attempt is made, it always irritates me. It also bothers me less when some reasonable explanation is given, like Cheetor IDing Waspinator because the other cheetahs were afraid of a giant friggin' wasp. Just that little bit explains that there's no "mass shifting," and while the insects are scaled up, others like Dinobot and Airazor are too, while Megatron is scaled down. So while that creates it's own sense of scale, it's divorced from reality in a way most TFs aren't.
But yeah. Wrong sized humans absolutely breaks men. Even when I was little, I could never have a four inch Batman face off against a ten inch joker.
A good way to get out of a situation where a bunch of Transformers fans start banging on at you about how important scale is, is to start a holy war among them by asking which scale is most important and then quietly slipping away
I know the arm spinning transformation is Ed's favourite version. I prefer the way he folds into and out of himself on Lookout mountain
Whereas perversely I like both. Which means for me the only true "masterpiece" Hot Rod could be one that transformed in *both* ways. I don't ask for much. But I do.
For me, that Kup looks nice, but I doubt I'll bother. I have the LG version of his TR toy, and that's just a really nice Kup, with the slight retooling making all the difference. It's good that this one'll be available also for those that couldn't get the LG version, but it's not quite for me.
I was going to say much the same about Hot Rod, but if he can actually do one of the two movie transformations then that'll work for me. And he does actually look like he'll be quite nice, once transformed correctly. So we'll see...