I’ve been buying a lot of Third Party Transformers, but I tend to not review them. Typically, I’ll do a MOTU or DC figure first if one’s available – but I’ve got to review some of these figures, particularly those from Fansproject – they’re piling up. Best to start with the one that got me hooked: Function X-1: Code.
Code here stands in for Chromedome and I have to tell you – I don’t know that much about Chromedome. If I remember correctly, I think the first time I heard of him was in some magazine or website that pointed out that Hasbro had once considered repainting the G1 Chromedome into Arcee. That had to have been relatively recently, so I definitely hadn’t heard of him when I was a wee tot.
It’s interesting because I do remember the Headmasters though. They were a cool subset – the drivers would transform into the heads of the robot modes, but the coolest part was probably that plugging the head into neck would reveal the stats of the robot on their chest. That was fun when I was a kid. Well, it was fun on the one Headmaster I remember having: Siren, a Mazda “Fire Chief” car. I may have just had the one, but he was cool enough that he’s particularly missed toy. Much like other strange childhood loves (Getaway is a big one), I’d love to see Siren get an updated toy.
A few months ago, when Function X-1 Code came up for pre-order, he was sort of a mystery figure. Fansproject and some online toy sites sold him as part of a promotion where $20 in toys would be donated to Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, etc. I thought that was pretty cool and so, even though I wasn’t terribly familiar with Chromedome, I decided to pick up my first Fansproject toy.
And I’ve more or less fallen in love with it. Admittedly, I’m in the middle of this robot renaissance as I’m reassembling my toy collection after the move, but there is something about the color scheme and the great construction of the figure that speaks to me… even though I don’t have the first clue about the character it represents. So much so, that I’m anticipating picking up the other Function figures as they’re released, particularly if they continue to carry over the bizarre colors of the later G1 originals (which I presume they will) that I’ve since looked up online.
Code… or Chromedome, y’know I never know what to call any of these third-party toys. Do we have to keep up the farce and call them by their code names or do we just thrown in the towel and go with the names of who they’re based on? Do I have a bunch of Ragers or are they all Huffers? I don’t know, but it’s getting difficult to remember two sets of names, that’s for sure.
Anyway, Code is packaged in robot mode and he’s pretty impressive when you pop him out of the box. I love the chunkiness in the sculpt. He’s not spot-on to the original, but that’s where not being familiar with the original comes in handy. The important thing for me is that the blocky aesthetic has been maintained. I’ve enjoyed plenty of newer, streamlined Transformers, but they lack the blocky charm of the old toys. Code’s got “blockiness” in spades which when combined with some really nice articulation, makes for a fun figure.
The only thing missing from Code being perfectly articulated is rocker ankles. The hinges are great, but the ball-hips, thigh swivels, and double-hinge knees give so much range to the legs that the figure really could’ve used pivoting ankles to help with deep poses. It’s one of those “so close” things that drive a collector nuts. There’s also a waist swivel, ball shoulders, single-hinge elbows, and wrist swivels. The neck articulation is mostly a straight swivel, but there’s this little hinge in there that allows for some up and down movement. Basically, he moves great and I’ve been having a blast posing him these last few weeks. Continue to Page 2…