Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Transformers Generations, Cliffjumper - Custom
If you're familier with the Universe version of Cliffjumper, you'll know he's a cheap repaint of the Bumblebee from the same line. Hasbro couldn't even be bothered with creating a new head. Add to that the horrid paint deco and you have a figure that is in no way worth the $60-100 current after market prices. Eventually FansProject released a replacement head, however it was produced in such a limited quantity that you'd be hard pressed to find it for under $250. Thankfully, Beezleboss stepped in with their own version and after sourcing an extra "RTS" Bumblebee, I began work on what I call "Generations Cliffjumper".
Head: Beezleboss Devil Horns (Yellow)
Body: "Reveal the Shield" Bumblebee
Testors Model Master Red, Black & Grey
I'd like to mention that this custom was inspired by Jin Saotome's version which uses the same base with a War for Cybertron 'jumper's head.
Since Cliffjumper is red I had to paint all of the yellow parts on Bumblebee. I didn't want to have the figure red on the outside and yellow on the inside, so I had to take him apart completely. This was tedious, but not as difficult as I initially thought it would be. The photo above shows all the pieces that make up RTS 'bee. I also removed all the yellow paint on the windshield/interior piece, something that proved to be a mistake in hindsight.
As you can see that piece is made of transparent blue plastic and it was a MAJOR pain in the @$$ to paint. Also, the fact that door and hood panels close tightly when the figure is in vehicle mode required some sanding to keep the paint from rubbing off (which happened to me... a lot).
I debated (with myself) whether or not I should paint over the winsshield and headlights using glossy black to make them look reflective, but uniform. I opted to keep them translucent, though and I think it was for the best. The blue "glass" clashes a bit with the red body, but I guess it's alright looking.
Repro Labels provided the finishing touches on Cliffjumper in the form of the Autobot emblem on his chest, side view mirrors and license plate. Now, up ahead I go provide a mini-review of the Beezleboss head that helped transform (pun intended!) RTS Bumblebee into my Gen. Cliffjumper!
see it here in the meantime).
The head is held together by a screw, so removing it allows you to easily break the head down into it's three parts. This helps when repainting the "helmet" portions without having to worry about messing up the face. When reassembled the head snaps on to the existing neck peg without a problem.
Last I read Beezleboss was working on a new head upgrade for Generations Red Alert, no word on a release date, but that's another one I'd like to pick-up.