Fans Toys FT-53 Parkour (Masterpiece Cliffjumper)

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Fans Toys FT-53 Parkour (Masterpiece Cliffjumper)

Fanstoys items usually come with an outer plastic baggie to protect the box.

Ye ole Fans Toys protective film sheet has been replaced with Japanese paper now.

As usual, the figure comes out of the box slightly mistransformed to minimize the box dimension. In this case, just swing the shoulders down and rotate the waist on Parkour.

Since this is a Third Party, non-official item, it doesn’t come with a faction symbol. It’s best to get some stickers from Reprolabels/ to make this guy more “toon-accurate”. Alternately, you can also use “water slide decals” to make them look even more flawless (you won’t see the edges, unlike with stickers) but I’ve never really had the proper skills, or time (usually needs to be individually cut first) to work with those.

For water slide decals, most folks recommend the one from Ocean Studio. Here:

To apply stickers, I find the best way to stick the stickers on is to use the tip of a blade, or a flat, small-tipped object, this way you have more control over the application, as compared to using one’s stubby fingers. You can also use the blade to help gently peel off a corner of the sticker in case you didn’t center it right and need to re-apply.

Since my water slide decal skills suck, I’ll just stick with stickers.

Always eager to prove himself, Cliffjumper wants to end the Decepticon threat as soon as possible, no matter the costs. This often gets him into situations too much for him handle. One of the fastest Autobots when in alt mode, Cliffjumper zooms around the battlefield, easily outpacing his opponents. Cliffjumper is usually armed with this “Glass Gas” weapon, which shoots out corrosive gasses that turn his opponents’ armor brittle.

Pretty good head sculpt on Parkour, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Fans Toys at this point.

Parkour stands roughly 5 inches and weighs 112 Grams.

By comparison, MP-45 weighs only 61 grams.

Diecast parts include:
-Sections of the torso
-Sections of the hips
-Panels on the feet
-The figure’s “spine”

I got QC 30.

Oddly, the shoulder joints on my unit are weird. The right shoulder joint is insanely tight, while the left one is insanely loose. What the heck, QC 30??

Parkour comes with three extra heads, with different facial expressions.

“Happy” Cliffjumper.

Cliffjumper comes with his “Glass Gas” rifle.

I really love the matte silver finish on his weapon.

Lastly, Parkour comes with a bazooka based on Cliffjumper’s launcher in the first G1 Transformers episode.

Comparison with MP-45 Bumblebee.

X-Transbots Toro (I didn’t have time to do a proper side-by-side comparison).

Sheesh!!! Transforming Parkour into the chibi Porsche 924 Turbo was a chore! Getting everything to tab in together right was really, really tough at the end. I wish the toy allowed for wider allowances or less tabs for a smoother transformation.

Do note that transforming the figure does rub off paint on these pins. It cannot be avoided, sadly. The good news is that these pins aren’t visible in robot mode.

The set comes with optional clip-on “skis” for the alt mode based on their appearance in “Dinobot Island” part 2.

Parkour’s weapons can all be loaded onto the alt mode. The pistol needs to be rotated first before it can be mounted on the bazooka.

Overall, the figure looks great in robot mode!! I love how Fans Toys was able to execute everything without the figure having parts sticking out all over in robot mode like with MP-45 Bumblebee.

However, I do wish FT did allow for better clearances, or less tabbing when finishing the alt mode, it gave me a LOT of grief. Still, this is the best-looking Masterpiece Cliffjumper figure around by far.


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