Cliffjumper - Energon - Figure

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.


Set Includes

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:

  1. Pull the front brown sections out to the sides and fold the back brown sections 90 degrees forward.
  2. Push the front tires back and swing the front bumper halves so that the headlights face outward.
  3. Swing the legs out to the side, rotate upward, and bring the entire leg sections down.
  4. Stand the robot, fold down the rear legs stabilizers and split the cabin in half, bringing them out to the sides so that the windows face back.
  5. Fold the rear engine block back, bring the rear tires up using the middle hinge on the strut, and pivot the tires so they face forward.
  6. Remove the launchers and lower the forearms.
  7. Flip the fists out and fold the spoiler flat against the chest.

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.

ReviewerRichard C. Mistron  
DateJuly 7th 2004  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  

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