So what vehicle to that go with? A cartoon like version, essentially a squared off Bumblebee, or something that, while acurate, looks nothing like what people think Cliffjumper looks like and may have an impact on the robot mode.
An acurate car version has the advantage that it would be easier to do a Hubcap as it would be different to BB. And I suppose create a backdoor oppotunity for a showish Cliffjumper as a red BB repaint.
Phil's demonstrated the problem very clearly. Underlying Takara's desire to produce animation accurate robots they've also been trying to produce accurate licensed car modes, which is fine for the car robots but won't work for minibots who had obviously super deformed car modes.
They've got away with Bumblebee because his car mode is still 'cute' when real world accurate compared to others, and Badcube got Brawn right because Brawn's car mode doesn't look deformed anyway. It's just smaller. But you can't win with Cliffjumper. There's just no way to do him and cover all the bases.
I think they'd have to go with what they've started and do a real world accurate car, but given the mess they seem to have made of Ironhide in trying to mix cartoon and vehicle I wouldn't have high hopes for the end result.
I would say if anything that them doing a straight red repaint of Bumblebee means they won't go near that mould for Cliffjumper. If they were going to do that, this would have a Cliffjumper head, but it just doesn't work.
Gah! How can you say that?!? That was one of the most traumatic moments of the Marvel comics for me! Especially since, due to the comic being broken up in the UK, we had to wait a week to discover that they weren't actually dead!
Also, I really want a Toblerone now. Which is traumatic for different reasons.