During the Transformers’ hay day, no character was as popular as the best friend of Spike: the little underdog, Bumblebee.
In his toy release, Bumblebee’s figure was one of the highest selling Transformers mainly due to the fact that he was a mini-bot and thus was cheaper than the larger scale toys.
In the same series, we got Cliffjumper.
This was a very similar figure, but was painted red. A lot of kids thought Cliffjumper was Bumblebee and vice versa. This snafu could have been a confusion because of the paint opts. For some unknown reason you would get a red Bumblebee
and a yellow Cliffjumper.
For collectors nowadays, owning both are prized possessions. You tend to pick up both figures for your collection.
One unique figure in the line that came out looked a little (for a lack of a better term) odd! It was this guy..
who was either packaged as Bumblebee and/or Cliffjumper.
Being that he is neither, the Transformers community lovingly refers to this mini-bot as Bumblejumper or Bumper
for his combined look of both Bumblebee and Cliffjumper.
Bumblejumper was part of the Microman Microchange line.
There has never been an official release of Bumblejumper nor has Hasbro ever explained how he ended up on the shelves.
What I believed happened was that Hasbro got so many molds from Takara that this guy was just overlooked or forgotten. When he was produced, he looked so similar to the other two that they didn’t realize he was a different car entirely.
FYI: Bumblejumper is a Mazda Familia 1500 XG.
Sidenote: In South America Bumblejumper or “Robocar” was released in the Transformers line in white. He does not sport any stickers that identify him as an Autobot or a Decepticon.
He has now become part of Transformers lore due to his appearance in Dreamwave and IDW comics continuity.
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Thanks to www.tf-1.com,www.toyarchive.com and boltax.blogspot.com for some of the bumbleJumper images.
Once again, I go back to a Marvel Big Looker book: The Great Car Rally.
I really don’t wish to spoil details of any part of the story, but roughly the Autobots are in an auto race and the evil leader, Megatron, wants to stop or kill them or even win the race himself. The truth is that I really don’t know! The story is pretty silly but it’s a Big Looker book, don’t expect Shakespeare. Yet without the absurdity of the tale, we would never get this image.
Yes, good old Megatron has his own car and the roof opens so he can shoot at Cliffjumper. First thought that comes to mind is how is he even driving that and/or fitting inside the car?
I guess the car’s suspension runs on disbelief as well? Needless to say, one day I will meet and speak with good old Earl Norem. I have a lot to ask him.
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