It’s taken me a few weeks, but I was finally able to track down a First Edition Transformers Prime Cliffjumper for a decent price! It ended up being the Takara version (which was sadly cheaper than Hasbro’s), but at least I was able to snag one.
This is only my second Cliffjumper figure ever, but I think he’s slowly becoming my favorite Autobot. I don’t know much about his characterization, but I really enjoyed his brief but spunky attitude in the Prime series. Plus he was voiced by The Rock, which is awesome on its own. It’s not just the character that appeals to me, but his vivid red and black color scheme. Those two colors always look great together, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to be drawn to his character.
For those of you who haven’t been following Transformers toy news, there’s a bit of drama behind Cliffjumper and the second wave of First Edition Prime figures. These First Edition figures were originally intended to fill the gap left on store shelves between the last waves of DotM and the first official Transformers Prime wave (now dubbed Robots in Disguise). Unfortunately most stores had enough DotM figures still on the shelves when order time came around. The only store who agreed to carry the FE figures was Toys R Us.
This was a great setup at first. People around the country were happily picking up the greatest Arcee ever made, and one of the most expressive Starscream figures. But as a lot of U.S. fans eagerly awaited wave two, something odd began to happen. Our TRU’s shelves were going bare, while wave two began appearing in Canada and the Asian markets. Toys R Us failed to mention that the second wave was never slated to ship to the U.S., and a lot of fans began to scramble as prices on Ebay shot through the roof. Although I missed out on Bulkhead entirely, I was able to snag myself the Takara versions of a Vehicon and Cliffjumper here.
Like the majority of the FE Prime figures, Cliffjumper is an impressive merger between of a dynamic sculpt and amazing engineering. This is especially evident when compared to the Robots in Disguise Cliffjumper. The FE figure is taller, his body is more proportionate, and the sculpt gives the character a more powerful feel overall.
His car mode is a cool looking muscle car that reminds me a bit of Windcharger. But CJ definitely brings his own look with the bull horns hood ornament and blue tinted wind shield.
This figure has a lot of great points, first of which is that he isn’t a repaint of Bumblebee. No offense to Bee, but it’s nice to see CJ with his own sculpted look and personality. Incorporating the hood ornament bull horns into his head design was genius, and I’m particularly happy with his black hoof-like feet. Even the kibble on his forearms comes off looking like the unbuttoned sleeves of a jacket, which is pretty cool. I also prefer his stern yet countenance over the permanent snarl of the RiD figure. Continue to page 2…