Friday, February 28, 2020

Transformers - CHROMIA, ARCEE, & ELITA-1!

Transformers Studio Series #52 - ROTF Chromia, Arcee, and Elita-1 - Hasbro 2020

These figures are a bittersweet thing for me. I think they are a great representation of these specific cinematic versions of the characters. But the versions themselves are what I have issues with. Back in 2009 I was so excited for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The first rumors were that Arcee would be a character. Then there was an image leaked of three motorcycles and Chromia and Elita-1 were confirmed. I was beyond thrilled. But the eventual robot forms were such a major disappointment to me. They were barely humanoid. A blur of bouncy unicycles and a major missed opportunity to introduce some great characters. I tried to be positive and I bought all the toys. But after some lackluster display time on my shelf, I sold them all. I never regretted it, but when these new Studio Series figures were announced, I was happy to reintroduced them (in a much smaller scale). These versions only stand 3" tall and are a perfect unobtrusive addition to my Transformers shelf.  Let's check out the Arcee Gang below!


Arcee comes with a removable arm piece (plus a small stand that stabilizes her wheel).


Elita-1 is the only one that doesn't come with any accessories. (Except the standard figure stand that immobilized her wheel).


Chromia comes with a blade and removable shoulder armor (plus a figure stand that immobilized her wheel).

Here are their bike modes. I couldn't get Elita-1's sidepanels to rotate back properly. It's completely my ineptitude, nothing to do with the product design.

So there is a lot of scuttlebutt about these three characters having a combiner mode. I vaguely remember seeing a panel from a comic showing them combined, but it just looked like a giant unicycle with gorilla arms. There were fan-made tutorials showing how to combine the original movie toys, but the result was a clunky mess. And there are tutorials for this modern set, too. (Nothing official in the instructions or anything). I started going through the transformation process when I decided to skip forward in the video and saw the end result. Needless to say I was unimpressed and promptly returned them to their robot forms.

This image below is my favorite image of the trio. I wish the toys looked more like this.

Time for some Comparison Pics!

Here are a handful of small fembots for scale. From Left to Right: Kre-O Arcee, Cyberverse Arcee, Studio Series Arcee, Heroes of Cybertron Arcee, and Tiny Titans Chromia.


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