Transformers Prime Cyberverse Cliffjumper Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Generation One, Legion Class, Prime

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: February 2012
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blade weapon

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cliffjumperCliffjumper is one of those rare Transformers characters that appeared very briefly in a storyline but made a huge impression on fans. In this incarnation of the character, the first few episodes of "Transformers Prime" rapidly removed the character from the storyline, much to the shock of many fans. However, the character continues to make his presence known in the form of several figures coming out in the "Transformers Prime" toy line. The second domestic release of Cliffjumper is in a different scale than his First Edition counterpart: the Legion Class as part of the Cyberverse!

Robot Mode:
When it comes to the Legion Class of figures, you sometimes get figures that mirror their larger toy counterparts very well in addition to their associated on-screen animation models. Other times, some sacrifices are made for the sake of the small size of this scale that subtract from the "show accuratacy level" of the character but make a figure that has a solid transformation with some of the detail from the animation. Cliffjumper falls into the latter category. Don't get me wrong, he's instantly recognizable as Cliffjumper, complete with big, beefy proportions, his horned head and part of the car's cabin section forming his torso. Even some of the details on the center of his body, under the chest are pulled right from the animation model in the form of raised armor over the mid-body and waist area.

Other details however have been lost, and understandably so. His more curved forearms and shoulder armor are now more angled and blocky sections from the vehicle mode. His legs are not curved sections that look purely like they're parts of a robot. Instead his lower legs are obviously made up of the rear section of the vehicle mode, complete with the "grille" style window covering, bumpers and headlights. That's not to say these areas don't have any robotic detail. The forearms have some nice patterns sculpted into them and the foot pieces do have angled feet carved into them.

What's interesting is that I feel like I should be much more bothered by this lack of show accuracy than I actually am. I mean, at the end of the day it's obvious who this character is and the figure does have the character's characteristic bulk. The head is a bit small for my taste however. I think this is due to the horns on the sides having to fit into the transformation scheme. His face winds up being awfully small, but that's my biggest complaint.

Cliffjumper is cast in red and black plastic, the two primary colors that make up the character. Most of the car parts and robot armor is in red, but smaller sections such as his thighs and upper arms are black. The paint colors used on this figure are: silver, red, blue and gunmetal. I was surprised just how many colors were used on this figure since Legion Class figures don't usually employ so many. The most heavily used color is silver. Not only does it make up trim parts on the vehicle but it's also on his face, horns, chest and forearms coloring robot parts. The blue is used on his eyes while the red is used for the Autobot symbol on his chest. The gunmetal is seen on his legs, where it paints the aforementioned grille cover on the windows. It's a fantastic color scheme and really above and beyond what I'd expect from this scale. Very nicely done.

There are ten points of articulation on this figure, two on each arm and three on each leg. All but two of these points are ball joints, allowing for a nice range of movement. Cliffjumper includes a blade weapon that can be held as if it where a blaster with the blade pointed forward or held with the blade pointed up like a sword. This weapon is cast in pink, soft plastic and has pegs on the side in addition to the two I just mentioned. This allows it to be attached to Legion Class figures in a variety of ways, which is cool and adds to the play pattern of the Cyberverse. The pink color represents the "pure" Energon from "Transformers Prime" as opposed to the purple "Dark Energon".

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon if attached.
  2. Rotate the robot feet around and swing them down and to the sides to form the doors of the vehicle.
  3. Swing the lower body back.
  4. Swing the robot arms and shoulder sections forward.
  5. Collpase the forearms against the upper arms and then tuck them in against the shoulder armor.
  6. Swing the shoulder armor/arm pieces together to form the front of the vehicle.
  7. Swing the leg sections forward and connect them together to form the sides and rear of the vehicle.
  8. The weapon can be attached to the top or sides of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Whereas I had reservations about the robot mode's accuracy, the vehicle mode more than makes up for it! The sculpt's fidelity to the CGI model is admirable. He has the thin and wide front end inspired by a Dodge Challenger (specifically the 70's era) and a wide, raised back end inspired by the Plymouth Barracuda. The combination creates a very aggressive looking vehicle mode and matches up nicely with the CGI model. This includes smaller details such as the horns mounted on the front of the hood.

This mode shows off mostly red plastic, with the wheels cast in black. Silver paint is used on the front end for both the grille and the horns. It's also found on the back end as well. Gunmetal grey painted windows are found in the front, side and back of the vehicle. The only detail that I had wished was painted are the exhaust pipes near the rear wheel wells, but that's a fairly minor point given all the other decos on this relatively small figure.

Cliffjumper has three connection points for Cyberverse weapons in this mode. One is on top of the vehicle towards the back while the others are found over the rear wheel wells towards the front. You can load them all up with weaponry and he winds up looking even more aggressive! A fantastic vehicle mode overall.

Final Thoughts:
Your mileage with Cliffjumper is going to vary. If you demand a very cGI model accurate robot and vehicle, then this isn't for you. If you can enjoy a partly "show inaccurate" version of the robot with a very accurate version of the vehicle, then this guy's definitely for you. Personally I really dig this figure and do recommend it, with the previously mentioned caveats.