Ligier! You traitor!
This is not the G1 Cliffjumper, this is actually movie Bumblebee. He’s red because of the shame and filthy-feeling of Sam and Slut (can’t be bothered to spell her name right, yet willing to write this long extra sentence, so might as well just designate her Slut) doing the deed on his hood, in his interior and back in his trunk. As for the name Cliffjumper… da hoy, he drove off the cliff they were at. Which further explains the red, it’s the blood/hydraulic fluid of the filthy fleshlings when they all splattered on the ground below. Being an immortal robot, Cliffjumper survived. Which brings us to where we are.
As much as I wanted to like Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers movie, and it was a free viewing from a friend, so I was obliged to feel diplomatic upon finishing the movie… the truth is, it was an absolutely horrid movie that somehow managed to fulfill my hope that it would be fast paced and action-y, yet somehow still managed to disappoint. Alas, let’s not turn this into a TF movie review. The point I’m actually trying to make is, despite the quality of the movie, the quality of the toys are pretty good.
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Looks: Cliffjumper is based on the Camaro Concept Car version of Bumblebee. There is apparently no difference between the two except for the coloring. Now, contrary to how other TF toy fans sway, I for one prefer this red version to the regular yellow and black version. Why? Well, it makes little difference in terms of the overall body, but one area where Cliffjumper far outshines Bumblebee is the paint mapping on the face. While other toy fans dismay that Cliffjumper has a skull-like face due to how its painted, may I just state that… HE HAS A SKULL-LIKE FACE!
I mean… how is a skull face not cool? Especially when you consider how butt ugly the face actually is. Sure it’s not perfect, but drawing the customer’s attention away from the actual shape of this toy’s face has many advantages. First of all, the skull-like face is a novelty. Second, it distinguishes it from the regular Bumblebee version. Third, let’s face it, this figure’s face is actually not that aesthetically pleasing. If it were a toy from some other company and there’s no movie backing it, the face would be a total turn off for a buyer.
But enough with the face already! Onto the rest of this toy, I’ll say this. I don’t like the official way of having the wings out, not only does it look silly to me (unless you’re looking from directly in front), but it restricts arm movement slightly as the tires are pushed forward slightly. I rather keep the wings down, which not only frees up the arm movement, but adds an aesthetic that reminds me of Generation 1’s Sideswipe for some reason (must be the overall colors).
So what does it mean when what I have to say about the fig is a niggling lil’ nitpick? Obviously, it’s that the Camaro Concept mold is awesome. Oh sure, it has little things that detract from it, but overall, this is a toy with amazing presense! There’s just something about it that makes me wanna just display it. It simply looks dang cool. I felt NOTHING in the movie, but the toy’s totally different. I was initially worried that it’d just look like a robotic skeleton with car bits hanging off, but it totally doesn’t give off that vibe. Instead, what we have is a toy that just oozes cool.
**** out of 5. Nitpicks keep it from a perfect score (*** for the Bumblebee version, the face factor’s too great).
Articulation: Articulation’s good without being great. It almost approaches very good status, were it not for little things like his weirdly shaped elbows/forearms and odd angles of his shoulders and waist joints. Other reviews note he has limited knee posability due to his automorph/transformation, but I for one think he has excellent knee movement. It not only bends 90 degrees, which is acceptable. But the automorph/transformation means you can “shorten” the legs so as to achieve dynamic stances, or simply to lower the center of gravity for more stability. His heel spurs apparently serve no purpose though.
***1/2 out of 5.
I’ll admit it, the first time I tried, I just couldn’t figure out how to bring his torso down. And I was pretty sure I’ll never get him back to vehicle mode. The legs are great, you just pull the feet out and the automorph does wonders to shift things about. It’s especially cool when you transform back to vehicle mode, because of how the rear windows shift into place.
But the upper body is something of a nightmare. Eventhough I have no problem with it now, it’s not the smoothness ride. The car bits get in the way. Fortunately, it’s not as bad as Cybertron Crosswise/Smokescreen/Autovolt’s and is kinda fun. But Classics Optimus this is not.
*** out of 5.
It’s a sporty red car, big whoopdie-doo. Yeah, that’s as much as this segment warrants. It’s not bad mind you, but it’s a car. It rolls because it’s on wheels. And in the real world, they’re used for transport and having nookie. Big whoop.
*** out of 5.
OVERALL: **** out of 5. I’m feeling generous, but this is a mighty cool figure.