Review time for Transformers Titans Return Chromedome as Starscream’s Toast is seriously impressed by this update of one of the best known Headmasters.
Transformers Titan Returns Chromedome Gallery
The second wave of deluxe figures brought us a figure that was made for this line – Titans Return Chromedome. Chromedome was one of the original Headmasters in the Generation One line so it’s no surprise to see him surface here, especially thanks to the character’s popularity in the IDW More Than Meets the Eye comic.
While wave 1 featured original Headmasters Skullsmasher (Skullcruncher) and Hardhead with Blurr and Scourge now converted to Headmasters/Titan Masters, wave 2 was a bit of a fan pleaser as it featured Chromedome and three other original Headmasters; Mindwipe, Highbrow and Wolfwire (Weirdwolf).
If we’re going to really nitpick then it’d be nice if Hasbro had given the Titans Return figures ankle tilts as Chromedome here could do with them, but again, at this price point we can’t expect miracles.
Even without ankle tilts the figure is very easy to pose and it’s pretty easy to achieve dynamic poses thanks to the rest of the figure being really articulated. The one in this review was sadly suffering from a very loose right elbow thanks to Hasbro’s massive cost cutting with this line.
Chromedome comes with two weapons like the original one did but one is the standard massive Titans Return type weapon which allows the Titan Master figure to sit in it as a gunner, while the other gun is better proportioned. Another oddity here is that Hasbro have been faithful to the G1 figure in terms of appearance but didn’t bother when it came to the weapons, leaving the door open for garage kit style upgrades.
Chromedome wouldn’t be complete without his faithful companion Stylor, who keeps his name from the G1 continuity unlike many other Titans Return figures. A little colour would really improve the Titan Masters but again we see the results of cost cutting here.
Hoo boy, Hasbro have really nailed the car mode for the Titans Return Chromedome. It’s again G1 accurate (without the terrible chest panel on the front) and nicely clips together to form a nice solid block of a vehicle.
The split in the windscreen is a little bit of a negative but necessary for the legs to split so it’s forgivable. I’m not personally a fan of rubber tyres but I can’t help wondering how cool Chromedome would look with either rubber tyres or the hubs coloured silver.
While the back could do with some extra paint applications, it’s nailed the G1 look again and still has a busy feel thanks to the detailing. The Titans Return Chromedome set a very high bar at the beginning of the line that’s going to be difficult to beat.
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