Finding a good condition Bumblebee/Cliffjumper/Bumper/Hubcap figure at a decent price is not an easy task. I've actually been on the lookout for Hubcap for over a year, and it's been a slow process. I'd find one at a good price, but the arms were loose, or the head wouldn't stay up, or the back piece would be scratched to kingdom come. When I'd find just the right specimen, the seller would want an arm and a leg. Then within a span of a week, it all came together. First, a Hubcap showed up with tech specs. The seller had a "Best Offer" option, so I offered him an offer of $26, which was $10 off his "Buy It Now" price. Admittedly, it was a bit of a low-ball offer, but I was expecting a negotiation, like every other "Best Offer" I've ever done. The seller rejected without a word, so I upped the offer to $30. Finally a response "Sorry, the listing was actually wrong, this doesn't actually include the tech spec." But, there still wasn't a counteroffer. Still, $36 for just the figure is a steep price, so I opted to just drop it. The next day, an auction appeared for a Hubcap with the instructions cut out and the tech spec. That, that I won. For a heck of a better price than the other one.
I'd love to talk about all of the awesome things that Hubcap has done in the cartoon and the comics, but that's an impossibility. He was never featured in the cartoon, not even any of the Japanese series. I thought that he may have been in Five Faces of Darkness, but that isn't the case. This guy literally just had a few cameos in some comics and that's it. He's had more involvement in the Transtech comics, but I don't think many actually read that series. So, the con man has conned himself out of the fiction.
|Behold! The totality of Hubcap's fiction dialogue! tfwiki.net|
Ever own or been around Bumblebee or Cliffjumper? Congratulations, you know how Hubcap transforms. He's Cliffjumper without the spoiler and a new head. He's the same color as Bumblebee.
|No, not Cliffjumper|
There really isn't much to say about Hubcap. He's an unremarkable toy, which is befitting an unremarkable character. But he is a Minibot, and I'm now done with collecting them. Except for Bumper, red Bumblebee and yellow Cliffjumper.