The name Cliffjumper, up until know was one of the few G1 names that hasn't been used on a variety of toys over the past few years. With Energon Cliffjumper, the name is put to use on a fitting toy. Though he bares no resemblance to his namesake, Cliffjumper is the third Max-Con able to Powerlinx and possible the best of the trio.
In vehicle mode, Cliffjumper resembles an enclosed sand rail and a large one at that. At 8 3/4" long, 5 1/4" wide, and 3 3/4" tall, Cliffjumper is at a much larger scale than the rest of his contemporaries. The middle of his front bumper, launchers, and cabin are yellow with red windows, brown flood lights Mini-Con port, and Energon receptacle. His main lower chassis is brown with silver and blue lights. The rear engine block is green with silver engine details and brown battery cover. The wheels are a dark brown with golden hub caps, the rear of which are held on by light gray struts.
The engine block portion houses the electronics of the toy. By placing two AAA batteries in the battery compartment and pressing the light gray button on the top of the engine details, you'll be treated to a whooshing engine-like sound. It's rather long and loud and I found it annoying, so unless you like the noise, do yourself a favor and keep the batteries out of the toy. Cliffjumper's other feature are the two launchers located in front of the cabin. Each can pivot independently and can fire the missiles included with Cliffjumper quite a distance. Due to the nature of his transform, the front tires can pivot to allow Cliffjumper to turn while rolling.
To transform Cliffjumper into robot mode:
In robot mode, Cliffjumper stands at 7 1/4" tall, 8" to the top of the rear tires. There is more light gray apparent in this mode in his fists and thighs. His upper torso is also mostly green, which compliments the rest of his Earth-tones very well. His helmet is the same brown color as his legs. His goggles are painted a metallic blue with the rest of his face being yellow. A Powerlinx symbol is stamped on his right forearm. An Autobot insignia is molded into the square panel on his left shoulder pad with a red diagonal line on the corresponding panel on his right shoulder.
Cliffjumper sports a fair amount of articulation as well. He can rotate at the neck. His shoulders and hips swivel and extend outward on ratchets. His elbows are on ball-sockets, though their design prohibits side-to-side movement. Finally, his knees bend and swivel. Each launcher can be placed in either hand with the triggers facing either inside or outside.
As with the rest of the Autobots in his size class, Cliffjumper can Powerlinx with another warrior to form a larger robot. Similar in design to Ironhide, Cliffjumper's legs flip out to extend to form the lower torso while his upper body splits to hid his robot arms and head. His robot mode feet form the arms and hands when he forms the Powerlinx upper torso. His upper torso splits again and swivels 180 degrees while hiding his regular arms to finish the look.
Cliffjumper is a good, solid toy in robot mode. His cabin doesn't lock into place in his sand rail form however and his Powerlinx modes, while better than Ironhide and Jetfire, really don't look all that great. Still, his articulation is good and his color scheme is very appealing, a suitable form for the name Cliffjumper.
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||July 7th 2004|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|