…And everything was back to normal. I had recently purchased the Japanese version of Classics Megatron and thought this would be a good way to explain the color change. Of course why EVERY character didn’t get an upgrade, including Cannonball, Deathkill, etc, that were standing right there with the rest of the group was left glaringly open...for now. An explanation for that is coming down the road (spoiler alert: it’s nothing earth-shattering).
Maynard was gone for good now so there would be no more upgrades…yeah, right.
It may seem like Hot Shot’s line in the commentary panel was a joke about his ‘special’ skills, but in reality he really just didn’t want an upgrade at that moment.