: 13cm (head height).
: 13 total points - ball-jointed neck; three points each arm: ball-jointed shoulder, elbow and wrist; three points each leg: ball-joint hips, thigh swivel, hinged knee.
: Molded cyan, powder blue, clear, black, and translucent amber (optics). Painted powder blue, red, cyan, and black.
: Released December 2014, at a suggested retail price of US$14.99.
Chromia is a master of infiltration, sabotage, and the kind of tactical counterstrikes that crush an opponent's morale. Unfazed by any enemy or situation, she can always be counted on to step up when her team's in a tight spot.
And, y'know, sabotage the city-person her best friend is sworn to protect to try and get her to leave Cybertron for someplace safer. But nobody's perfect, and any sane person would want
to get off of "Lord" Starscream's Cybertron, so...
Shipping in the same wave with Arcee, Chromia was in some ways more of a shock than even Arcee herself. Two women in the same case? Heck, in the same year?
And then Windblade made three. If there was ever a better indicator of the changing of the guard at Hasbro, I can't think of it. And then there's the figure itself, which is also unexpected...
Chromia is an extensive
retooling of Prime Robots In Disguise
Deluxe Arcee. In total, she has a new head, forearms, upper arm armor, back, backpack, inner thigh armor, lower legs, weapon, and wheels. The basic upper arms, hands, thighs and torso/neck remain. But that's a lot of remolding... something we were once told was very difficult and expensive to do to this extent. I'm not sure what changed, but I'm definitely going to ask if and when I can. On top of which, Chromia is heavily painted in a line that has been perceived to be lacking in that for the past few years. Besides being two different attractive shades of blue with extensively painted two-tone parts, she also has very well-painted white trim and red stripes. The only paint error on my figure is a rough spot on the forehead- sadly a pretty obvious thing at first glance. The white paint is very thick, to the point where I think it would soften detail quite a bit in the wrong applications, but it also covers adequately with no bleed-through from the plastic color below. Since it seems to have been reserved for areas without small details, it works.
With a smaller face, thicker arms, and hip armor, Chromia manages to look significantly more armored than PRID Arcee. She also serves as an interesting contrast against Generations
Arcee, who was designed with more of a pinup aesthetic. Chromia looks more like a fighter.
Chromia's head is a pretty good approximation of the G1 model, with less prominent ears and a streamlined helmet. Swivel's unrestricted, and she can tilt her head in just about any direction with a decent degree of success. The shoulders are technically capable
of turning 360 degrees, but the backpack makes it extremely impractical. Raising the arms out to the side is easier than it was on PRID Arcee, who had a tendency for the shallow sockets to pop the arms off. The elbows are ball joints, and the unpaintable plastic used for them worries me. It's very stiff and generates a lot of friction, and you can feel the ball wanting to twist with the forearm to a certain amount. If you happen to have silicone shock oil or some other oil you know
is safe to use with plastic parts, you may want to apply some to the socket. The new armor pieces for the upper arm don't help this feeling of unwanted leverage either, as they have small decorative ridges that can extend slightly down into the socket. The hands are the same material as the upper arms, and are in painted sockets besides. Not as worrying as the upper arms, but still a little bit stiffer than I'm happy with.
The legs are functionally nearly identical to PRID Arcee's,
with solid movement in all directions. The lower legs are new, and slightly heavier, but so similar that I nearly missed the changes at first. The one holdup is the skirt armor. Chromia has heavy skirt armor to emulate her G1 character model, and the wraparound part interferes with her hip range severely. Luckily it can be swung back out of the way, but just be warned that putting it too far forward hampers the legs pretty badly. Also, her rear heels and wheel struts are clear plastic, which is a longterm concern in terms of strength.
Chromia becomes a bike, just as Arcee did, but her new backpack and skirt alter things slightly. The basic idea is the same. Fold up legs, swing hips foward which collapses head inside torso, fold up arms, close bike parts over arms. But the new skirt armor closes over the arms, keeping them flush to the body (as evidenced by the indentations in Chromia's flanks which match up to the round parts of her forearms). Parts alignment in locking the backpack to the legs can take minor adjusting, but shouldn't take any serious wrestling-with.
Where Arcee was a light motorbike of Earthly make, Chromia is a Lightcycle,
and that is awesome. She's not quite as streamlined as the originals, but as close as you're going to get reusing half a Prime Arcee. The two-tone color scheme works really well here, with the top of the bike being largely cyan and the bottom being largely powder blue. I almost wish the red was more focused as a dividing line between the two to make things look even more streamlined, but it still provides some striking contrast to an extremely attractive figure. It rolls well before it ultimately tips to one side, and has a kickstand to prevent that from happening on display.
Chromia comes with one gun. She's shown with two on the card, but one of those is actually Arcee's. There's a sticker on the cardback to let you know the additional weapon isn't included. The gun she has is okay, but her PRID Arcee hands are very open and she has a certain amount of difficulty holding it securely. It's not going to fall out under normal circumstances, but it doesn't much like to stay still in her grip either. It stores much more securely in the hardpoints on the bike mode. Sadly, her motorcycle canopy is pinned in and can't be removed to serve as a shield as was seen in at least one IDW comic. Nor does she have the halberd Sarah Stone drew her with, but that was a lot less likely, realistically speaking.
Chromia comes with Dark Cybertron Chapter 11, which features the death of Bumblebee. Also, a misprint that has the same page repeating at the expense of the page that was supposed to be featured. It's also not a great one to include with Chromia, as she appears in one whole panel- and is the smallest element in
that panel. But that's just how the cases and comics broke down, and it's not a huge concern given that this is one of the last two figures to be packed with a comic for now.
Like the Arcee figure she was based on, Chromia is Excellent on the Figurereviews.com Non-Numeric Rating Scale.
Her skirt armor can be a little restrictive (if you let it) and those upper arms do worry me, but she's one of the best-looking toys this year and a remold to an extent we have possibly never
seen before. Well worth owning to have hanging out with your Windblade.
"ANSWER ME, WINDBLADE!"
|Date||December 23rd 2014 |
|Score|| (9 out of 10) |
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