When the Transformers: Prime toys first hit my local Target a few months back, I’d thought I’d give the line a try -- being a hardcore TF fan, after all -- and decided to pick up a deluxe class figure. Of the available offerings, I narrowed my choices down to the Prime versions of Cliffjumper and Wheeljack. I ultimately went with Cliff because I had acquired the Generations Wheeljack not long before and, hey, The Rock voiced the character in the series.
Before even getting into the finer details of this particular figure, note that two factors make the Robots in Disguise subline less appealing than past Transformers deluxe assortments. Firstly, these figures are regularly retailing for about $15, a noted increase from just a few years back when 10 bucks was been the norm (and had been for over a decade). Secondly, these figures are noticeably smaller in robot mode than what buyers are typically used to for this scale. Those two factors can make it hard for buyers to rationalize picking up some Robots in Disguise deluxes on a whim.
If you’re looking for the Prime Cliffjumper toy that matches his look in the series the most, then the Robots in Disguise figure is the one to get. However, I found it underwhelming. Yeah, the vehicle is nicely done, but the designers’ dedication to matching the animation model takes a lot of fun out of the conversion process for me. Aside from the arms, the car mode pieces flip on the figures back and rotate on the shin sides, and that’s it. The fact that it’s comparatively tiny to past Transformers deluxes also makes the Robots in Disguise Cliff a hard purchase to swallow. Too bad that the First Edition Prime figures are so rare, as that line’s version of the character looks like the cooler toy.