Just when I thought I had finished up my Transformers reviews for a while, the second wave of Takara’s Prime figures bits. I guess it’s fitting timing that their version of Terrorcon Cliffjumper is released just after Hasbro announced he’ll be among their SDCC exclusives.
My review is going to contain some spoilers about Transformers Prime. So if you’re still waiting to watch the series, and you don’t want to be spoiled, then you should probably stop reading now.
For those of you who don’t care about spoilers and still want to know who this figure is, I’ll give a quick recap. After discovering an untapped Energon deposit on Earth, Cliffjumper was ambushed by a group of Vehicons. He was subdued and brought aboard their ship, where Starscream promptly murdered him.
Poor Cliffjumper’s torture didn’t end there as Megatron stabbed a shard of Dark Energon (Unicron’s blood) into his chest. Back from the dead, CJ was now a mindless zombie that would attack anything in front of him without restraint. Megatron, pleased with his experiment, cut CJ in half and left his upper body for the Autobots to discover.
Like most of the First Edition Prime figures, Terrorcon Cliffjumper became a bit of a challenge to find. He was originally going to be produced by Hasbro, but those plans were scrapped when they cancelled the FE line for the more kid-friendly Robots in Disguise. Fortunately Takara was still on track to make this figure, and even Hasbro listened to fan demand and added him as one of their SDCC exclusives. Interestingly, even though the two figures share the same mold their looks are incredibly different from each other. Check out TFW2005’s TF Con gallery to see the Hasbro version.
The most striking thing about the Takara Cliffjumper is almost entirely made up of translucent purple. I was really shocked when I saw it for the first time. All of the preorder pictures depicted him in a solid and darker blueberry color. So ending up with a purple stained glass look was really nice surprise. He’s basically one giant piece of light piping, which is damned cool.
The body zombie Cliff uses is the exact same sculpt as the FE Cliffjumper. The only difference is zombie Cliff has a new head. True to his show appearance, his right horn has been broken off while the right side of his face is a shattered mess. His right eye is even larger and bulging a bit because the metal around it has been torn off.
Speaking of eyes, CJ’s eyes have a really detailed sculpt. You can even see the tiny pupils if you look hard enough. But even though the figure is almost entirely translucent, they specifically molded his head’s light piping a solid color while painting his eyes black. This gives him a great soulless and intimidating look. Continue to page 2…