TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
The Bumblebee movie did a lot to actually get me invested in Transformers movies (and honestly Transformers as a whole). While the film proper has a pretty streamlined core cast of characters, and we still got a lot of very G1-sequel designs, and a couple a really cool smaller roles for some fan favorites. I’m a pretty big Cliffjumper fan, and I’ve always been really fascinated by his reputation as a Bumblebee repaint, so seeing him pop up with a small but important role was really nifty. Him getting a figure out of it? Even better.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cliffjumper is figure 64 in Hasbro’s Transformers Studio Series line. He’s a Deluxe Class offering, hitting in the same assortment as RotF Soundwave, Topspin, and refreshes of jet Shatter and Jeep Bumblebee. He’s also the seventh Bumblebee-based figure to join the line. In his robot mode, the figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and has 16 workable points of articulation. At his core, Cliffjumper is based on the same body as Jeep Bumblebee. Given the similarities between the film models for the two of them, it’s not a huge shock, nor is it a bad idea on Hasbro’s part. It certainly helps that Jeep Bumblebee was a really good figure in his own right, so I really don’t mind seeing those parts again. He gets a health helping of new parts to differentiate him, the most obvious being the head, of course, which is a good match for his film model. He also gets a new chest plate, as well as some other tweaked exterior panels. These are largely to accommodate his new alt model. Rather than a Jeep or Beetle, Cliff turns into a Cybertronian car of some sort. We don’t actually see Cliff in his alt mode in the film, so he’s actually using Bumblebee’s from the opening scene. Given the similarities between their robot modes, the two presumably share a Cybertronian mode in-universe, and this is a good way of getting both the mode and the character in the line. I’m curious if we’ll see it re-decoed into Bee as well. Whatever the case, it’s a pretty decent transformation, and like Bumblebee, it’s not too fiddly. Cliffjumper is packed with the same blaster attachment as Bumblebee, which works out pretty well for him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The oddity that is my ability to fixate on small things I want toys or meant that I pretty much wanted a Cliffjumper as soon as seeing his scene in the film. I wasn’t really expecting a quick turnaround or anything, and I didn’t really get one, so that’s good. It’s nice to actually have him in figure form. Sure, he’s not exactly innovative or anything, but he’s fun, and I’m glad to have him fill out the cast.
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