Alternate Mode: Sports Car
Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Cliffjumper for this review (I have since acquired Cliffjumper).
SPORTS CAR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 8cm Width: 4.5cm
A red sports car with metallic dark silver windows, Cliffjumper is a repaint of Activator Bumblebee sans racing stripe. Cliffjumper has black tyres with silver hubcaps and a black Autobot logo on the right side of the roof. There's a dark blue strobe on top of the roof delineating Cliffjumper as an unmarked police car. The headlights are painted silver, which is easier to pick out that the white on Bumblebee. The are grey panels on the rear fenders and yellow painted taillights rounding out a pretty well executed colour scheme. While the grey panels are distracting, the concept is good and these colours work. The grey of these panels is nice and neutral, which also helps. One thing I really like about this vehicle mode is the fact that it reminds of the red Bumblebee variant from G1.
Cliffjumper's shape is essentially realistic - because his shape ends up similar to say, the Honda City. Having said that, the sculpt of headlights suggest he's actually meant to be a sports car. The sculpted detail is very sparse, but enough to cover the main features. The placement of the Autobot logo offsets the single strobe well.
There's not much play value here - Cliffjumper rolls and that's it. I don't expect any more at this level. The side panels (the robot arms) don't lock into place, and can move out of place fairly easily, which is the only significant flaw of this car mode.
While the detailing and play value are low, that's acceptable at this size. The colour scheme works well, even if the car's shape still has a Bumblebee feel to it. The grey rear fender panels and loose side panels are shortcomings, but at this size I can deal with them - neither of them are enough to wreck a decent sports car mode.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Press the cleverly concealed red button - the strobe - which will cause him to transform and end up laying face up on the table. Fold up and split the feet, stand him up, swing down the arms and bend his elbows. The auto transform is very well done and easy to reverse. This transformation is well engineered and far more elegant than that of the deluxe, despite being vastly simpler.
Height: 10cm Width: 7cm
A red robot with baby blue eyes, a silver face and metallic silver windows on his torso. The black Autobot logo and blue strobe are on his chest. Much of his arms and thighs are black, with grey on his knees, shoulders and elbow joints. The colours match those of G1 Cliffjumper's cartoon colours, which is a nice touch. Again there are shades of the red Bumblebee here, but the interplay between grey and black on his limbs really cements this as Cliffjumper.
Cliffjumper's proportions are very stylised, with a large head and very flat arms. His feet are far more convincing that the weird floating feet of the deluxe and the shins here avoid that odd concave look of those on the larger toy. I don't really like the face, but it's pretty standard for Animated. His head is a little bigger than Bumblebee's - and to be honest it's too big for my liking, but I'm very happy that Hasbro took the time to resculpt the head here - they've listened to the criticisms of Classics Cliffjumper and Movie Cliffjumper.
Cliffjumper's poseability is pretty good considering how much of the toy's engineering goes into the auto-transform. The shoulders, neck and hips are ball jointed while the elbows, ankles and knees are hinged. We end up with great shoulder range and enough movement everywhere else for relaxed stances. He lacks a weapon, which is a common feature of Activators.
A nice robot mode with a good bodyshape as Animated toys go, decent poseability and a good colour scheme. The paint job really makes this robot mode feel like Cliffjumper, and the retooled head is very welcome. The slender arms are his only real flaw here, but they don't ruin a satisfying robot mode.
None that I'm aware of. As mentioned, he is a retool of Activator Bumblebee.
A well engineered toy based around a very successful auto-transform gimmick, Cliffjumper's colours are well thought out and well executed. The repaint changes things and makes the mould work for the character concept while the retooled head is quite compelling, if a little big. The choice of the strobe as his activation button is great and his robot mode has enough poseability to work - especially considering that it exists on the edges of the auto-transform. The arms are a little disappointing, but this is still a great little figure, with a very welcome retooled head - 8/10