This line of Titans Return has sent me down some rabbit holes in search of G1 continuity of some of the lesser known Transformers. Chromedome was in amongst the Headmasters back in 1987, and he has had one other repaint in a Japanese release in 2014. I know him from the IDW comics, but not much back beyond that. I found a great video on Youtube that shows the first episode of Transfomers: The Headmasters, subbed from the original Japanese show. The voices are pretty terrible, but the episode is a whole lot of fun. And we find out that Chromedome is the leader of the Autobot Headmasters. If you are interested in killing a few minutes, it is worth a watch: https://youtu.be/r1nnnzwtrRU
Now, onto the current version. There is something familiar about him in robot mode. It is hard to pinpoint at first, but there are actually a lot of reused parts from other robots here. The main body is using the transformation tech from Combiner Wars Dead End. Interesting how they went back to the last sub-title for the body. There are a few Blurr parts thrown in down in the legs, which is a good reason why Chromedome is running around with a red version of Blurr’s gun.
In the show, Blurr was a little more dark reddish-brown, and less mud-brown, but in the IDW comics, he is definitely brown. Not a great color for a car, but it does set him apart from all of the primary colors. The bright red plays well off of the brown. It works.
Chromedome comes with Stylor. He is apparently a suave little guy. I am pretty sure he would not be too happy with a brown torso, but that is what we get. I am sure the Japanese repaint will show him with some nice yellow highlights.
Chromedome transforms into a very nice sports car. Mostly brown and tan, with touch of red. Not my idea of a hot paint job, but this is almost exactly the same deco as the G1 car. The only part not painted the correct color is the red shaker hood on the G1 car. The red was added to the back quarter panel for this new version instead.
The cockpit opens to reveal a single seat. It seems like it could have been big enough for a pair of seats. That would have been so awesome to allow a pair of Titan Masters to go for a joy ride together. Stylor will just have to go about it solo I guess.
I am not terribly impresses with the gun placements for the car. The G1 version had holes in the roof for the matching blasters to be mounted on top. Instead, the guns are able to be mounted to the sides of the car right behind the front wheels. Stylor can ride out there and fire the guns if he wants.
Overall, I am happy with this guy. The articulation is all you can want. The molding is clean and crisp, as we have seen with all of the Titans Return figures. Chromedome looks just like his IDW comic version, which is a fantastic nod to the G1 design. Can’t ask for much more than that.