Another reveal from the Friday Hasbro Pulse Con 2023 panel is already in-hand in the wild, with images just out on the SNS for the Transformers Legacy United Deluxe Class Rescue Bot Chase. The kids toy is all grown up with articulation and weapons just like they make for adults. These nice clean shots show this guy looking pretty slick with flashy altenate mode. Look for Chase at retail in January 2024. Check out the in-hand images below thanks @transmimi
Just to keep things off of Prime CLIFFJUMPER more, this actually looks more like Prime WHEELJACK than it does CJ if we're all being honest. The transformation, the parts layout, the feet, the lower legs, the arms even the odd hand movement lol. If they played the retool right, the lightbar can even become the little wings on his back since they're smaller on Prime WJ than they are on G1 WJ. Hell, this could also oddly be a new Sunstreaker too. That same lightbar could be the air intakes instead which goes to the same area on the back.
Why do I bring up WJ and SS? When seen head on, the lightbar on the back of the figure looks like the sides of the head of WJ and SS. When lacking depth perception while looking at still photos, the lights look like they're coming out of the sides of the head instead. So it's something that popped into my mind while viewing the pics. I doubt it but it's just as likely as Prime CJ at this point...and we do know there's a listing for a Sunstreaker coming up.
Nah, that wouldn't work for a slavishly G1 Sunstreaker as the listing is for a SS86 SS and not a Legacy United SS...or could it?
The more I look at it, the more it does look like WJ and SS. It's the shoulders, feet, legs, arms and lower belly that makes it not look like CJ overall. That's a lot of things that DON'T look alike whereas there's nothing but similarities to Lockdown, WJ and SS. Or at the very least, would need less drastic retooling to work. Really it's just the roof and windshield chest (which still isn't accurate as there's no split) and the exhaust ports on the sides of the vehicle that makes people think CJ.
I know I might be seeming like a buzzkill but it's not going to be Prime Cliffjumper. There's far more things not alike and can't be retooled enough to work for this mold to work as him. I can even keep going with other options for this to be. Runabout and Runamuck, Tracks, G1 Chase, Searchlight, Freeway, Downshift. So another three to four overall molds if I'm being honest but still, that ends up being quite a few figures once we get to redecos. Bandit Lockdown, Blazing Lockdown, Stealth Lockdown, Botcon Breakdown, Axor, Circuit, Loudpedal, Road Rage, Spinout, Cordon, Slicer/Dark energon Wheeljack, Exhaust/Hyperspeed Wheeljack, Prime Dead End, Prime Wildrider, "Prime" Chromedome, Beast Hunters Wheeljack/Go! Hunter Wheeljack.
To anyone who's thinking it won't be Lockdown since Lockdown is meant to be different colors do to the different parts he uses; remember "Cyberverse" Shadow Striker? I mean, she just hit shelves so she should be fresh in our minds. She's meant to have a similar cobbled together design and her new toy doesn't have it. So Lockdown doesn't need it either. I do hope for an OTFCC Roulette and Shadow Striker two pack at some point.
I mean yeah, I can see the similarities. However we know pretty much every single toy coming out next year and Prime universe Cliffjumper is not one of them. However that would most likely be a mainline release to keep the CJ trademark going and to keep the character on shelves.
As for now though, this will be Lockdown. Specifically the "evergreen" design. We know we're getting Lockdown next year so it's easy. Yes there are similarities between Axlegrease and Lockdown but they don't need to use that base mold again. It's already on its third use and one of those shouldn't exist as it is.
To me it was a dead giveaway when I seen the weapons. The side arm ports as well as that oversized handcuffs thing. It reminded me of Lockdown immediately. Especially when I stopped focusing on that and looked at the figure as a whole.
The slots on the hood are also very out of place if something doesn't actually plug into them at some point.
I just went though a bit of the video. That transformation is painfully Lockdown. Those legs if retooled every so slightly will give Lockdown his odd legs from his RotF toy. This is a Lockdown toy repurposed for Chase instead of the other way around.
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