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To finish off my marathon of reviews, let's look at something that's actually new! 

Like all the 30th anniversary Deluxes, Chromia comes with a comic, and it's an issue of Dark Cybertron. You know where this is going. But surprisingly, it isn't awful. The art is actually good, it's better paced than the others, and just feels better written overall. A page was repeated though, so I assume there's something missing, and Chromia does nothing. She just barely appears in the background. One dumb thing is that every instance of the word "kill" or "dead" or any other variation, is replaced with something awkward like DESTROYED or GONE. Because destroying is less violent than killing, I guess.

In alt mode, Chromia is a Tron style lightcycle. It's a retool of PRID Arcee, but you wouldn't think it at first glance. Almost NOTHING is the same, the only small hints that it's Arcee are the few bits of robot kibble sticking out that happen to be the same as the original's. Everything else is completely new. It's a neat alt mode, certainly unique looking. Cybertronian alt modes are rare, and it's even rarer for them to actually look like something, and this manages to pull off both. It's well painted, there's plenty of variety in the deco, nothing really feels missing. The canopy would have looked better tinted, but it's not terrible, and honestly, the color it was tinted in originally looked really ugly. It can open due to transformation, but the front section and the side wings have to come with it. One cool thing about it is that it can actually balance on it's wheels, without the kickstand, but it's tricky to balance, so it's not really worth it. It has similar flaws to the original in that there's plenty of robot bits exposed, but the arms are better hidden here, so there's some improvement. The gun can store on the side, but as you'd expect, it looks pretty dumb.

Transformation is pretty much identical to Arcee's, despite all the new parts. The only real difference is that you don't fold the wings back, only splay them out slightly. And going to alt mode, the arms work a bit differently, with them being covered by the skirt.

In robot mode, it's easier to see Chromia's Arcee origins. The torso, shoulders, hands, hips and feet are identical to the original, but it's still heavily changed, because everything else is different. Similar to the Jet Vehicon in Prime, it's basically a bulked up version of the original. The arms are a lot more buff, she looks like a bruiser soldier while Arcee is a sleek martial artist. The new head sculpt is good, though the smile feels out of character, I'd rather she look pissed off. And her light piping is horrible. But whatever. The new colors are gorgeous, I love the shades of blue used, and the bits of red help break it up. Like the original, she has a lot of kibble, though the canopy gives her an even bigger backpack. It's not too bad, you have options with it, but it's still bothersome, and I wish she could be more sleek. I do like the skirt effect she has going on, it adds some personality to the design, and is definitely better than the weird tail thing. The skirt also has this flap on it that can flip up, which means you can compact the backpack slightly more, but it just makes her look more kibbly from the front, so it doesn't accomplish much of anything.

The articulation is good, it's oddly different from the original. The head can't look up at all anymore, but it can look down more. I hate the elbows, they're really scary to move, they feel oddly soft, and like I could stress something by moving them. The legs are restricted by the skirt, and the wheels being bigger makes posing the legs further challenging. Her poseability is still good, but she just feels more limited than Arcee in a lot of areas.

As for accessories, she's oddly light on them compared to other toys nowadays. Many AOE and Generations figures come with a healthy amount of gear, or at least one big weapon, but Chromia just gets a single small blaster. The box shot shows her wielding two, the other not even belonging to her, oddly enough. The gun does have a cool design, and despite it's small size, she can hold it two handed, which is impressive. And the storage looks a lot less dumb here, it looks like it's holstered on the leg, which works. I wish she had her axe and shield from the comic, but I'm guessing the toy was designed before those were conceived as her comic weapons, so whatever.

Overall, Chromia is a good toy, and an impressive retool. She's a fembot, something we desperately need more of, so she's worth getting for that alone. Oh, and she looks great with Windblade. :D
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
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Pretend it's from Pirates of the Caribbean.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 54 minutes ago
Sounds like something from Billy and Mandy for some reason.
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 53 minutes ago
Well, they're the same band that did 'Land of the Dead' for The Big Boogey Adventure.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 38 minutes ago
Ah, it definitely sounds the same.
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Okay, scary coincidence.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
What?
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
In Windblade 3 I think, Windblade gets tortured.

And I had no idea that would happen.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Huh...
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Sideways77 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
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How does it get worse.
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seekerblackout Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

FOR. SIX. PANELS.
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