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          TOY REVIEW

Name: Bumblebee or Cliffjumper, depending on which card it came in.
Fans refer to this toy as BUMBLEJUMPER or BUMPER.
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Espionage or Warrior, depending on card.
Vehicular Mode: Familia 1500 XG
"The least likely can be the most dangerous." or "Strike first, strike fast, strike hard.", yep, you guessed it -- depending on card.

Above: This Bumblejumper came with a Cliffjumper card, but he was also available in Bumblebee cards too

VEHICULAR MODE


Length: under 5 cm
Bumblejumper is a small super-deformed Familia 1500 XG. The colour scheme is primarily yellow on my toy, although red variants were also available. The windows, front grill (including headlights), bumpers and lower rims of the chassis are black. The wheels are silver with four black Dunlop tyres (the two larger back tyres have the words "Dunlop" printed on them). There are also two yellow wing mirrors sticking out of the sides - a nice touch. A square, silver panel on the back (which conceals the robot head) resembles the launching squares found in Takara's Choro Q cars, which has led some fans to speculate that the Microman cars were based on Choro Q. The underside of the car is completely black and the only robot kibble visible are the robot fingers/thumbs. Other than the fact that the back wheels are larger than the front wheels, it's a fairly good scale replica of a Familia 1500 XG for a toy this size.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

Pull out the wheels, forming robot arms. Pull bonnet forward, revealing robot legs. Swing bonnet halves up, forming robot feet. Flip up launching square, revealing robot head.

ROBOT MODE


Height: 7.5cm
The head is yellow and the face is completely silver. The arms and legs are black and the rest of the body, being parts of the car, carry on the same colour scheme. The back of the torso is completely black and is made of die-cast metal. This toy only features two points of articulation at the shoulders.

OVERALL

Not a very spectacular toy at all, but the fact that he's the RAREST Transformer in the world makes him a very hot collector's item. After all, the Microman Familia 1500 XG toy was not supposed to carry on to the Transformers line. It was a simple factory mistake that allowed a few of these figures to be packaged in either Bumblebee or Cliffjumper cards and sold as either of those characters (and only in very early shipments, as this mistake was soon rectified by Hasbro). So really, it's not that great a toy in terms of construction. Its entire appeal comes from its sheer scarcity.

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