Transformers Generations Chromia
I knew that Chromia was coming out with
Arcee, whenever that may have been (for long ago, it was only known
that they were going to happen, but not what they looked like or when
they would appear), but I wasn't paying too much attention.
When the full color prototype was finally revealed, I really
enjoyed the design. And, okay, the "lightcycle-ness".
The fact that so many retailers were bundling her with Arcee
was entirely too tempting, so of course I had to get both. (Arcee's page is here.)
I pre-ordered her even before I'd read Windblade's 4-part comic,
and afterward... well I was sure keeping that pre-order. Autobots can be so harsh.
But she only comes with one gun! It's
not a real complaint, but I'm just pointing that out. Not
that she needs more if she can turn into a
motorcycle and whip
away, I suppose. Once again it's very clear that Transformers are 30 years old
and I am older
and shut up, Hasbro
. Also, congrats on survival despite multiple attempts to set the toy line on fire.
I'd just like to take a minute to say that
packaging comics with toys again is just so wonderful. Not just
for nostalgia reasons, but it's also awesome. Carry on.
You do not want to be screwing with her, in other
words. Something about her packaging just did not agree with my
camera, but maybe it was actually her attitude coming through.
She is kinda maybe a little scary there, yeah.
But she has a kickstand
Don't mind me, I just loved that detail. So, clearly, this
is her vehicle mode, complete with gun ready to ruin someone's day at
high speed. I've heard some complaints already about the US
version not having the tinted window, and... yeah, it would have been a
nice touch, but technically I can do that myself if I ever want to.
It's a thought.
I'm also a little intrigued by the front
wheel, there. Technically you can snap it into place further
ahead of the rest of the bike, but you can also make it a little more
compact like this. I have no idea if it's "meant" to be versatile
in that way, but I'll enjoy it anyway.
Now, I spent
over 10 minutes trying to transform her. For one thing, those
damn wordless instructions aren't always the most effective for actually telling you what to do
, and this
is my first motorcycle Transformer, so I didn't have any experience to
pull from. Two, there's that damn gap
which seems so very obviously not right, and yet it's "supposed to be there". Then I think my Chromia just has super
tight articulation points. That isn't a bad thing, but it's a
hell of a lot harder to transform by trial and error. Still, I
got it, go me.
lightcycle-ish, I'm telling you. Even if seeing her hands and
feet sticking out becomes a touch creepy.
robot mode! Which took less time, though the front wheel assembly
did not want to go back without a fight. It lost, ha. She's
quite clearly a feminine robot in design, with some incredible
ass-kicking boots and an attitude. Unfortunately, the way the
front wheel is made to block the top and back of her head, there's no
decent light source that'll make her eyes "glow" through the
transparent plastic. They're a lovely amber, though.
Er, kind of. Well, you know. Robo-ass. She
actually looks a bit awkward from this angle, I suppose.
So let's get to the (possibly obvious) downside of this figure: poseability is really limited by all of her vehicle mode stuff. One can get around this by moving
it, though that's not technically "how it should be". I'm sure
that's what I'll be doing anyway for more dynamic poses and other dumb
things. She's a really fun figure even if she does only come with
one gun. It's not like I can't make her more or borrow G.I. Joe