Transformers Timelines Chromia Toy Review

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Transformers Timelines

General Information:
Release Year: September 2005
Retailer: Botcon 2005 Exclusive
Price: $315 for boxed set and registration to the convention, $265 for fan club members
Accessories: Exhaust pipes x 2, Missile, Scope, Missile Launcher, Energon Star

The Botcon 2005 set of toys consists of seven figures: Buzzclaw, Chromia, Deathsaurus, Dirge, Fallback, Ironhide and Ricochet. The concept was to create a story-centered set of toys. The Botcon program with the "Descent into Evil" comic book is included with this set. Attendees who received this boxed set were able to purchase an additional loose, polybagged set as well. Chromia is the female Autobot included with this set.

Background Information:
Female Transformers are a rarity in the history of the line. Generation One barely had any, and even in recent times, female characters are still hard to come by. This is changing slowly with 2005's "Cybertron" line which features at least two female characters. All questions of "Why Transformers have gender" aside, it has always been a neat concept to see more "feminine" Transformers fighting alongside their gruff "male" counterparts. One of the earliest introductions to female Transformers took place in the G1 cartoon where we met a resistance group of Autobots fighting against Shockwave's rule on Cybertron. Three of the warriors featured in this group were Chromia, Moonracer and Firestar.

The Energon Arcee mold was a natural choice for a female Autobot. While recent years have given us female characters such as Nemesis Strika, their forms do not look particularly feminine. The G1 female Autobots looked like females, so the choice was clear.

The original idea for this toy was to make it Moonracer. The plan was to develop the character a bit and show that she had grown since her impetuous days of G1.

Unfortunately, we found out very late in the game that the name "Moonracer" would not clear Hasbro legal thanks to another toy company having the word "Moonracer" as part of a toy they produced. Chromia did clear however, and we had no time to try to create another name to be researched (a process that, contrary to popular opinion, takes longer than a day or so, much longer). Thus this toy became Chromia. The tech spec draft was quickly rewritten to make the character sound more like the strong minded warrior shown in G1.

Vehicle Mode:
Chromia uses white as the base color in this form. Sections such as the front sides of the bike and the sides of the wheels are painted light blue. This blue matches Moonracer more, G1 Chromia's blue would have been a bit darker. A bit of pastel yellow is found on the sides against the blue, a nice color contrast. An Autobot symbol is tampographed onto the area in front of the seat on the motorcycle. Black makes up other sections such as the seat, the front and the wheels. The parts that join the vehicle to the wheels care cast in grey.

Chromia's weapons and Energon Star have all been cast in translucent blue. This is also the color of her windshield.

Naming issues aside, I think Chromia looks fantastic. Her colors clearly evoke a G1 femme-bot, and distinguish her from the other two bikes in this year's set of toys Flamewar and Flareup.

Robot Mode:
Chromia takes the Energon Arcee mold and uses it as its base. However, wanted to give her a new head sculpt, so an artist was given pictures of all three heads (Chromia, Moonracer and Firestar) and asked to come up with a conglomerate of all three. Instead, Moonracer and Firestar's head designs were used as the base, which worked for us as we intended to use Moonracer anyhow. The head is also where the best deco work was done on this toy. The crest on the top and the two vents on the sides are colored silver, with the base helmet being light blue. The vents on the front of the side ports are yellow. The face is colored silver with blue eyes (again, harking back to the G1 cartoon which gave Autobots blue eyes). The area around the face is painted yellow, offering a nice border to seperate it from the helmet piece.

The way the parts work out, Chromia's upper legs and lower arms wind up with the light blue coloron them. Her chest has a good mix of light blue and white as well. While the lower legs are white, the ankle area is painted light blue, offering a break in the color.

There are no issues with the sculpt degrading or weapons problems as far as I can tell (during the course of the weekend I played with about three of these).

Final Thoughts:
Chromia is a great looking figure, and the head sculpt came out very nicely. I think it's great that a G1 female Autobot other than Arcee has finally taken form as a figure!