Transformers Movie (2007) Cliffjumper Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation One, Movie (2007)

Transformers Live Action Movie

Cliffjumper Box Art
General Information:
Release Year: December 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Weapon/blade


Tech Specs:
Surly and impatient, CLIFFJUMPER is almost the exact opposite of his friend BUMBLEBEE. Where BUMBLEBEE is sneaky and careful, CLIFFJUMPER is just loud. He'd rather find the nearest DECEPTICON and blow him away than sneak around "gathering intelligence." If you know where the bad guys are, you really don't need to know anything else, reasons CLIFFJUMPER. Why not just start blasting and pick up any date you need afterward from the smoking wreckage? With MEGATRON and the AllSpark destroyed, hunting DECEPTICONS is easier - and more fun - than ever. Convert this detailed robot-to-vehicle figure from robot mode to sporty concept vehicle mode and back again. Robot mode features a cannon that converts to a blade weapon to assist in enemy battles.

Strength: 8  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 9
Rank: 5  Courage: 10  Firepower: 7  Skill: 5

The Allspark Power line of Transformers Movie figures is an extension of the first line. It continues the story of the movie and offers explanations about how many characters carried on after the movie while also introducing a host of new characters, some of whom have a small connection to characters from previous Transformers lines. In this case we have a character who began as one of the first Transformers introduced in G1: Cliffjumper. The original Cliffjumper figure shared the same base design as the G1 Bumblebee figure with some sculpting differences. In recent time, Cliffjumper has found himself being issued as a redeco of Bumblebee. This happened in the Classics line as well as the Movie's Cyber Slammers line. This Cliffjumper is a redeco of the Concept Camaro Bumblebee figure. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
True to his G1 predecessor, Cliffjumper's primary color is red, replacing the yellow color on Bumblebee. Black plastic is still used for the tires and the windows are still translucent blue, but more of a green blue than the darker blue on Bumblebee. His deco is a different pattern than Bumblebee's, but it does use his striped look as a starting point. Running down the hood are silver lines running to the front of the car. These lines are wider than those on Bumblebee, with black outlining the edges. The front grille is painted dark grey instead of black. The Chevrolet symbol on the front and back are painted silver unlike Bumblebee whose rear symbol was left unpainted. The trade off however is that Cliffjumper's rear lights are not painted (whereas Bumblebee's were painted red). Both vehicles have the ends of their mufflers painted silver. Red paint is used on the translucent parts such as the doors. The door handles on Cliffjumper have been painted silver, unlike the ones on Bumblebee which were left unpainted. The sides of the wheels are painted silver, the same as Bumblebee. Overall it is a good looking color scheme that benefits from nice designs.

Robot Mode:
The color swaps from the vehicle mode carry over to the robot mode. Bumblebee's black has been replaced with dark grey, giving Cliffjumper a very different palette than Bumblebee. Red, light blue, silver and dark grey paint are used for details of the robot mode. For the most part the paint is applied to the same places on Cliffjumper as Bumblebee. The main differences can be found on his waist and head. On the head most of it is left red, with small paint details used on details such as his "voice box" piece that looks like a rebreather. On his waist, the sides are not painted but the center is painted light blue (indicating his "Allspark power"). The angled piece which represents Bumblebee's license plate is painted silver here instead, with no license plate numbers. The U shaped piece underneath the license plate is colored red instead of metallic blue. A minor difference can also be found on the feet where he has no paint apps on the ends.

On Cliffjumper's forearms you'll find the same details on the sides painted as Bumblebee's arms. However, instead of being one unified color, part of the details are silver and part light blue (that magical Allspark power again). His weapon is cast in dark grey with a green blue translucent blade inside. This dark grey matches the color of the rest of his body.

Sometimes when a tool is reused for a new figure the joints of that redeco are loose compared the its predecessor. With Cliffjumper the exact opposite has happened. All the joints on my Cliffjumper are fairly stiff whereas the ones on my Bumblebee are comparatively loose. This was a really pleasant surprise.

Final Thoughts:
Cliffjumper is a good straight up redeco of Bumblebee. Personally I would have preferred he get a new head sculpt, but the paint job used differentiates him enough from the previous use of this sculpt to establish him as a different character. Recommended if you are a completist or really like this particular sculpt.