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Name: Cliffjumper
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Camaro Sports Car

Thanks to Tiby for loaning me Cliffjumper for this review



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 8cm Width: 3.5cm

   A red Camaro with silver stripes on the hood - but not on the rear as on Legends Bumblebee, the original toy of this mould. The windows are metallic blue - including the rear window this time. The colour scheme is a simplified version of that seen on the deluxe version. Cliffjumper has silver headlights and grille and black plastic tyres, rounding out a straightforward yet plausible colour scheme. The colour scheme is good enough that it's easy to not consider that while the Deluxe is a modern Camaro, this one is actually a 70s Camaro.

   As you'd expect at this scale the details are a little simple, but that's not to say this isn't a nice car mode. The Camaro is recognisable, the grille and lights are well defined and the doorseams and handles are present, along with side mirrors. The taillights are unpainted but Cliffjumper gets away with this in red. The downside of this car mode are two robot mode joints that stick out from either front fender. There are crappier vehicle modes at this size - Cliffjumper's car is better than most at this scale - so I'm still happy overall.

   I quite like this car mode, even if the vintage doesn't match that of the full sized toy. The fenders are still annoying but the paint job is better than most Legends. He doesn't do much other than roll, but this is to be expected at a size where gimmicks are unheard of.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Simplified compared to the deluxe, but still broadly similar. Cliffjumper's transformation reminds me of G1 (specifically, the Hot Rod Patrol). Extend and split the rear to form his legs, fold down the front and detach the fenders to form arms, while the hood itself folds down as a chestplate, revealing his head. The doors sort of hang off the back of his shoulders.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   Again red with silver on his hood - now the chest - and eyes. His thighs are black and kneecaps metallic blue. Cliffjumper has a vaguely insect-like face and a tiny silver Autobot logo on his sternum. The rear tyres are visible on his boots. The colour scheme is simple but works well enough, although the predominantly red face looks a little odd.

   The shoulders and hips are ball jointed, allowing for some poseability. The fists are sort of mashed into his arms, and while they _are_ moulded they're not really prominent (again this reminds me of the Hot Rod Patrol). The doors behind his shoulders are an unusual effect - they're not quite wings, not quite backpack, just an unusual feature. Again there's a G1 feel here, and shades of the G2 Gobots.

   While this is a simplified version of the character, the robot mode is decent enough aside from the red face, which needed more paint. The fists are a little dicey. The play value is minimal, but that's to be expected at this size.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, although this one is a repaint of Bumblebee, as mentioned.

OVERALL

   One of the better Legends toys I've sampled - Cliffjumper feels less cheap than some of them, and is certainly more stable than a lot of Legends. On the one hand it's silly that this toy uses a different vintage for the car mode than the original, on the other it makes it more unique. This is a fairly random repaint, really, and while it works very well in car mode, the robot mode isn't as successful. While he's not expensive, I don't think Cliffjumper is compelling unless you missed Bumblebee - 6.5/10

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