Unboxing Hot Head
What? Hot Head, Fire Element Giant
Where Did You Get It? Local Store, Not Sold Online
What Did It Cost? $14.99 plus tax
What is Included? Hot Head, Stat Card, and Sticker Sheet with Web Code
What Lights Up? The flame plume on his head...sadly that is it.
What Was Stock Like? Incredibly hard to find, at least as of me writing this 11/15/12...I got the only one in the store.
Quick Character Info
Slogan: "Hey! I'm on fire!"
Hot Head is currently the hardest Skylander to come by...The last 2-3 weeks I have seen plenty of Sprocket and Flashwing and that even includes their respective Triple Packs. Tonight was the first time I have ever seen Hot Head in person.
I am looking forward to playing Hot Head and seeing how he stacks up...That said, while he isn't too bad aesthetically the light up display garners him no additional points. While Drobot was disappointing, Hot Head's light up effect is extremely disappointing. With Hot Head hailing from the FIRE ELEMENT and his hands serving for what looks like 2 eternal torches it blows my mind that they do not illuminate. His head fire (not sure how to describe it still) casts a nice, red glow (in person it really is red...not an amber color like we saw with Drobot) but it seems lost in the massive expanse that is his hands-up pose. Lighting up both the hands AND his head would have been great, but if I had to pick either/or I'd have gone with the hands, "hands down." Not only would that spread the light up effect, it would have put out a lot more, and I believe served to radiate some to his face anyway.
I want to stress that the light up effect has no impact on the actual game play, but there was once again a lot of potential that was missed here. And no, I'm not bashing him...I haven't played Hot Head and I am genuinely excited to have found him...it is just a true disappointment things weren't better executed...that said if he conveys that short fuse and infinite supply of fuel and fire in the game I might just reserve a warm place in my portal master heart for him.
The main thing I want to stress with Hot Head (aside from the lackluster lighting) is that you do not need to go overboard and spring $35-$100 for him. Just be patient and snag him for retail, or better yet...catch him in stock during a sale!
I am hopeful that stock will hit before Black Friday and if not then, hopefully a nice stock prior to Christmas...That said, here are some useful links (my way of thanking you for reading the blog!)...
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Amazon: I'm kind of getting tired of their lackluster shipping efforts, but they have honestly been the best best for finding Hot Head for the last 2 weeks or so. When they do get stock it tends to go very fast...I would order it immediately. And just a tip, to get free shipping you can have a few other items (another Skylander perhaps?), or a CD, DS game, etc to push you over the $25 threshold. That said, if you want it fast it might be smart to pay for shipping. I've waited 6 days for my Hot Head to leave their warehouse and it has yet to happen...not impressed:
Best Buy: I am not a fan of this store at all. That said, I've had several people tell me their local stores have been getting in 3-6 Hot Heads...Might try your luck there or keep refreshing the link:
GameStop: First off, check with your local store...if they don't have a big demand the associates may very well offer to hold one for you, or put you on a list! They are almost always the most in-tune to Skylanders and more willing to work with you.
Target: I've yet to see Hot Head there and the person who works in electronics has told me she has yet to see him, and she does seem to keep up with who they've had etc.
http://www.target.com/p/skylander-giants-character-pack-hot-head/-/A-14261779#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=hot head skylander
Toys'R'Us: You might ask associates here too. If you are nice and they know you are looking many will alert you to shipments, hold one, or try their best to help you out. If you've got someone really good they will be on par with GameStop employees. Their website just had a nice stock of Hot Head (which is now gone), BUT they tend to sell out and then restock as I've seen it since SSA and as recently as Sprocket and Flaswhing...just keep checking their website:
Walmart: I have never seen Hot Head here either, but they have actually had the best continual stock of new Skylanders, Giants, and the harder to come by Sprocket and Flashwing, particularly the Triple Packs.