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Name: Cliffjumper
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: 2008 model Comaro

Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Cliffjumper for this review.



CAR MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 14cm Width: 6cm

   A red 2008 Camaro, Cliffjumper is a repaint of 2008 Bumblebee, with silver and black patches on his hood. Like Bumblebee, Cliffjumper has black plastic tyres with silver hubcaps and transparent blue windows. His taillights are unpainted (although they're red anyway), the tailpipes silver, the grille is black while the headlights, fog lights and Camaro badge on the grille are silver. The doors are painted red while the rest of the yellow is yellow plastic however the two shades are pretty much identical. The moulded "CAMARO" type on the front fenders is actually painted silver. Aside from the unpainted taillights this is a good colour scheme, although it's a little uninspired - he's very obviously a repaint of Bumblebee for the sake of reusing the mould.

   Cliffjumper doesn't appear in the film but since the vehicle itself does, this is a licensed vehicle mode - the likeness and realism are great here. Cliffjumper has seams where he should have seams, doorhandles, grille detail, a fuel cap on the right rear fender and the aforementioned Camaro name on the front fenders. There are a few detractions - but nothing significant. There are a couple of small holes in the bonnet allowing for some flex during transformation and the robot feet are barely visible underneath the doors.

   There's no real play value here, other than the rolling wheels, but for a deluxe toy on the level of an Alternator, that's more than enough. The coolness of the car mode is fun in itself. The doors can actually open, but they reveal stowed robot arms so I'm not going to count that.

   It's a good car mode, and the colours work quite well, but there's a distinct feel of "let's repaint Bumblebee" here. The silver and black patches on his hood are different from Bumblebee's more credible racing stripes purely for the sake of changing the paint mask. As repaints go, this is a really nice car mode, I'm just not sure if Cliffjumper brings anything to the mould that Bumblebee doesn't.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Open the doors, split the rear and remove the cannon from between the legs. Pull the feet back, which causes an automorph that a deluxe toy has no right to do. The rear panels swing up onto the back of his legs, pushing up the wheelbays. Meanwhile the rear window halves swing inwards. Pull the front fenders out to the sides, split the roof and pivot out to form his arms. The clearances around his arms are fairly slim, so you have to move everything in the right order - but nothing requires excessive force. The front swings down, the fenders (and doors) swing in the other direction - you need to do these at the same time, thanks to the narrow clearances. Again it's not actually difficult - not once you get the hang of it. Again there's a complex automorph - the front folding down as a chest actually causes the fenders to swing up as shoulders, while a panel swings up into the gap needed for the head clearance, making the chest nice and solid. The headlights are meant to pivot up a little, this step might need a little manual help.

   Both automorphs work well, and go beyond what you'd really ask of a deluxe sizer toy. Despite having two complex automorphs, Cliffjumper's transformation is still satisfying.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 16cm Width: 11cm

   A red and grey robot, Cliffjumper's chest is the red front of the car, the doors are red wings sticking out on a 45 angle behind his shoulders. The groin, feet and hands are largely grey although there's still red on these pieces. The panel on his chest sports a silver stamped Autobot logo. His head mainly red with a small silver mouth and transparent blue eyes. The lightpipe is good although not quite up to Bumblebee's standard. The license plate on his waist is painted silver but there are no letters. The rear wheels sit on the outsides of his ankles. The paintmask has been extensively tweaked compared to that of Bumblebee, but the head is the main place where this is readily apparent.

   The sculpt on his robot only pieces is great, although the tweaked paint job doesn't bring this out quite as well as on Bumblebee. The hands are moulded in a loose fist. The doors are a great aesthetic feature while the Camaro front on his chest looks nice. The bodyshape is fantastic, although there's not really much here aside from the red to link this to Cliffjumper.

   There's one gimmic here - of sorts. The grey cannon, which can clip into either hand, resembling the arm cannon Bumblebee used in the movie. It opens up to reveal a transparent blue blade, which is a silly gimmick but not one that really puts any constraints on him. The blade is actually geared to the covers - it extends as you open the covers - which I guess counts as a third automorph. The poseability is good - although not perfect. The shoulders and neck are ball jointed while elbows are hinged with rotators above them. The waist rotates, and while the joint is restricted, the range of motion is pretty much the same as a human waist. His hips are ball jointed, the knees and ankles are only hinged, no rotators. The feet are quite long with useful heelspurs, so while the range of leg motion isn't great the stability is. I can forgive the restricted leg movement, mind you - the automorph needs everything lined up, and rotators or ball joints would ruin this.

   There are red yellow panels on the outside of his shoulders, and these pieces have a tendency to fall off. I find they reattach without any drama, although Cliffjumper's panels are noticeably loose than those on my Bumblebee. These panels would class as his only flaw of any note.

   A great mould and a decent colour scheme, but again this repaint just doesn't really add anything. The shuffled paintmask actually works against Cliffjumper and the lightpipe isn't as effective as that of Bumblebee. It's still a good robot mode mind you, with fantastic poseability and well placed car mode aspects.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   A good repaint but one that doesn't really offer anything that the original toy didn't. Considering that Bumblebee is such a prominent character in the film - and such an awesome toy - Cliffjumper is a poor cousin. Cliffjumper doesn't quite reach the level Bumblebee did and without any media appearances, the repaint is quite forced. So he's a great toy, but if you have Bumblebee he's merely an afterthought. Despite the fact that Cliffjumper is still a really good toy, I'd only recommend him if you specifically like this repaint - 8/10

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