Okay it's time for another review, but this time we go back to the year 1987, which introduced us to a whole new "evolution" in the Generation 1 line = enter the Headmasters.
Today we'll have a look at Autobot Headmaster Chromedome.
He is brown and beige futuristic car with extensive red highlights, and unlike other futuristic Transformers, Chromedome looks distinctly like a car, despite not being modelled on an actual model - at least I have absolutely no clue what it should resemble.
The main block of the car is brown, the sides and rear are beige. The roof, centre rear panel and a panel on the hood are red, as well as the twin cannons mounted on the roof. He has a transparent windshield and it's is dark enough that you can't really see much more than light through it, so his headmaster nebulon companion Stylor is basically hidden in car mode.
The transparent canopy opens up to reveal a seat for Stylor, (you have to remove the guns before it can open). It's a nice gimmick, since it allows you to lock the canopy closed, reducing the chance of it popping open and Stylor going AWOL - now we know that headmaster heads are infamous of doing that.
Chromedome has pretty good moulded detail in this mode, including a quite 1980s stepped sunshade on the rear end (I'm sure most of you remember that concept), and a bunch of mechanical detail on the side panels/doors (?). The red hatch on the hood can be opened up, but it only reveals the robot mode's empty tech-spec-meter, so you might as well leave it down.
There's not really all that much play value in this mode other than push and roll and let the roofmounted blasters do the talking against incoming enemies.The wheels do roll, albeit they're entirely made of plastic with ridges so he's not going to roll very far unaided, which is a bit dissappointing... he won't roll on a wooden floor - you need a carpet for that.
Overall, Chromedome has a decent car mode. The colours work, I like the fact that it clearly looks like a car - but what car is still beyond me. There's a solid and sturdy feel about this car mode too, everything fits nice and proportions are good, and he feels quite heavy for a plastic car of this size. The play value is somewhat limited, but not really any less than you'd expect.
In robot mode Chromedome is still beige with red highlights, but with a a grey head. His chest and legs are brown, his arms and feet are beige, his groin is red as is the centre of his chest. The head is grey with an orange mouthplate. However I think colourscheme works quite well - it's gives him a bit earthern feel to it.
His guns are red and fit into the holes on his so called hands, because Chromedome doens't actually have hands, but rather a clever designed mould, that imitates hands very well in my opinion.
Probably the biggest problem with all Headmasters is that without the partner, the robot is useless. So whatever you do, keep those nebulons safe :shock:! He reveals his chest mounted spec-meter - click in the head, which will cause his specs to appear SPD 5, STR 6, INT 10.
The headmaster gimmick is what carries the figure on in play value, because Chromedome is the standard G.1 brick to play with. Only the arms articulate up and down. But then again, it wont be fair to compare it to now-a-days superarticulated bots. G.1 figures require imagination when playing with them, and I have no hard time with that.
Overall I like his robot mode, it's standard articulation when comparing G.1's with eachother.
Stylor his little sidekick has arm and leg articulation (allowing him to sit) and is quite nice as a headmaster, and is in fact more poseable than Chromedome. Stylor has a grey torso and head with an orange face and the colours work nicely with eachother - just like the giant head he becomes.
Chromedome is actually nice toy. Both Chromedome and Stylor have good colour schemes, and Chromedome looks good in both modes. However, there's only limited play value here - and it's no secret that a lot of it revolves around the Headmaster gimmick, which is really the whole idea of the toy.
So if you're a Generation 1 (headmasters) fan, you should like Chromedome, simply because he's one of the better large Headmasters, although fans of the new more poseable TransFormers toyline, probably won't like him.
+ Stylor is one of the better moulds of Nebulons
+ Good colourscheme for both
+ Good alternate recognizable car mode
+ Nicely detailed
+ Very stable robot mode, doesn't tip forward or backwards
+ All accessoires can be mounted in either mode
+ One of the best headmaster figures
- Not much play value in car mode
- Chromedome could have had leg articulation, at least by the knees
- /+The lines largest force is also it's largest downfall. If you loose the head, you loose the figure.
I give Chromedome a 7.5 out of 10.