Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Transformers Generations - Asia Exclusive - Deluxe Cliffjumper


This is it, the final of the four new Deluxe Asia turned Toys R Us exclusives, Cliffjumper.

Whether voiced by the Rock in Transformers Prime or Casey Kasem in G1, Cliffjumper has almost always been the hot-headed mini-bot with impulse issues and HUGE guns. I mean, where on earth did he pull that cannon from in G1's "More Than Meets the Eye" Part 2? Who knows.

No matter his chassis, Cliffjumper's personality has always remained true to his G1 persona. As for Cliffjumper's newest form, take a peek after the jump!



Our newest Cliffjumper comes to us as the GDO Asia Exclusive turned stateside Toys R Us exclusive. You'll immediately notice that he's clad in his Transformers Prime incarnation, but with a G1 head.

Packaging is standard Transformers Generations red card with, once again, bilingual English and Chinese writing. Cliffjumper's Tech-Spec and bio adorn the back of the card with shots of the figure in both Bot and Alt modes.



... blah, blah... tray... blah, blah ties... blah, blah instructions...


Not only is Cliffjumper in his Prime form, he's comes to us in the First Edition mold. What we received here in the states was the regular Deluxe mold. Which isn't a bad mold, but the First Edition (FE) mold is much more superior in size, look, and (I feel) accessories. I was able to get my own FE Cliffjumper through eBay, and I was glad I did.


 

This version of Cliffjumper is molded in a slightly darker red tone than the wide release Hasbro Deluxe version. Again, notice he is also slightly bigger.



If you've never had the chance to play with the FE version of Cliffjumper, I can't say enough about how I feel it's superior to the regular deluxe version. He has less fake Alt-mode kibble and built in weapons instead of some weird club/blaster thing. Much more show accurate in my opinion.



 

Of course the new thing we get with the Asia Exclusive Cliffjumper is the G1 head. I like it. The only thing I think could have made it better was a paint wash in the face to give it some depth. But yeah,  the vented  cowl and the horns, that's telltale Cliffjumper.


AND THEY LIGHT-PIPED HIM! Why light-pipe half of the figures? Swerve and Wheelie, no light-piping. Springer and Cliffjumper, light-piping. Do they only light-pipe the cool characters?

Compared to the FE version of Cliffjumper, we get the same figure; also in a darker shade than it's predecessor. The only other difference is, of course, the head. I do like the Prime version of Cliffjumper's head, I think it's a nice update but it's nice to have the G1 homage.



Jason has asked me a few times... why would Hasbro go through the trouble of making an obviously superior mold (the FE mold) and then releasing an inferior mold to the masses instead (the wide release Deluxe mold). Honestly, I don't know. As far as I recall, we never received the FE Cliffjumper in our area. All I remember seeing were Bumblebee's and Arcees. No Starscreams. No Primes. No Bulkheads. Why Hasbro botched distribution on these is anyone's guess.


 


 

Besides these newest molds, the only other Cliffjumpers I own are the WFC Bumblebee repaint and a Classics mold that I was fortunate enough to upgrade with a FansProject upgrade set. I also got the Beezleboss upgrade set and used the head as it allows for a smoother transformation that the FP head. The newer figures are definitely leaps and bounds over the Classics molds, but I still love 'em.


All in all... the is an excellent representation of Cliffjumper and a fantastic homage to G1. The mold, being newer, holds plenty of articulation. The built in weapons are a nice touch as compared to the held accessory; taking from the evolving mythos the idea that the Transformers have built in weaponry rather than carried weaponry.

If you like Cliffjumper, whether G1 or Prime, I highly recommend this mold to use in your collection or display. Hopefully, you can find one of these at your local Toys R Us.




Review, pics, weekly top 10 countdown by Scion of Primus

9 comments:

  1. I don't own any of the Cliffjumper PRIME. I was debating between "RID Cliff", "FE Cliff", or "GDO Cliff"… after reading your review… is it safe to say that GDO Cliff is the best of the three mold?

    It would be cool if you can compare this GDO Cliff with domestic TF Generations Cliff that was release a year or two ago (not sure if you own that one). :)

    Thanks for the great review~ I tune in everyday! :D

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  2. TF Generations Cliffjumper? Do you mean the War for Cybertron Bumblebee repaint? I do have that figure.

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    1. Hi Scion, yes... that's the one "War for Cybertron Bumblebee repaint". I have that figure but do you think this GDO is a better replacement for it? I don't own this new cliff mold yet. Trying to figure out which of this mold I should buy or not buy because I have the WFC Cliff, thanks for your help

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    2. The WFC BB/CJ mold is not a bad mold. I do feel that the legs are a little spindly for the body, but it's still a very well put together mold (took me a little while to figure him out, I don't use instructions unless I have to). For a Classics-verse/G1 homage display, I would definitely suggest this version of CJ for the G1 appropriate head. The WFC mold is good, but I think it's a niche mold; good for a Pre-Earth display but not necessarily a G1 display. This is an excellent mold that fits in well with that line.

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  3. "Why would Hasbro go through the trouble of making an obviously superior mold (the FE mold) and then releasing an inferior mold to the masses instead (the wide release Deluxe mold). Honestly, I don't know"

    There's a whole story (not sure how true it all is) about how TF:Prime wasn't even going to get toys, but then Hasbro decided to make a handful (the First Editions) for the Generations line, like what they did for War for Cybertron.

    After "Revenge of the Fallen", Hasbro got a lot of complaints from parents that the toys were too complicated for their kids to play with (I'll admit, as much as I love ROTF Leader Prime, he's a chore to transform). As such, the toys for "Dark of the Moon" were made simpler and the First Editions were shuffled off to their own little limited release while easier to transform--and arguably more show-accurate--molds were made for mass-release.

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    1. Excellent! I missed that bit of news and it certainly explains the longevity of the DotM peg-warming and lack of FE here in the states. Though, I did just find out that the FEs have hit here in the states. Now... to find them!

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  4. Ah, finally someone else who loves this version! Cliffjumper (G1) is one of my all time favorite characters and I do love this mold for him its so awesome. I give mine PP05W Iron Hide's big ol' sniper rifle cannon, it looks awesome to see such a small bot carrying a massive gun (Very Cliffjumper like!)

    A simple Gundam marker on the sides of his head give it good depth if you want to try that. I did it to mine and I like the difference.

    Great review!

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    1. Using the PP05 weaponry for CJ... that is freaking brilliant! I wish Id have thought of that while taking pics for the review. He'll definitely be getting some for display use :)

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    2. Plus, its not like they don't have weapons to spare, right!

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