NECA is now offering Chrome Dome from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection, which stands at 10″ tall. Chrome Dome is Shredder’s personal robot, and is based on his appearance from the episodes “Planet of the Turtleloids, Part 1” and “Night of the Rogues.”
The character was made by Shredder to command the Foot Soldiers, and has many build-in weapons such as blasters, cannons, and missiles. He was defeated by the turtles by disabling a main chip on his back in the episode “Planet of the Turtleloids, Part 1.” Chrome Dome returned in “Night of the Rogues” and was defeated by Casey Jones when he crushed him in a hydraulic press.
Thank you to NECA Toys for providing their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Cartoon Chrome Dome Figure for review.
Availability: October 2021
Chrome Dome is packaged in a window box with an opening flap, and inspired from the VHS cassette tape of the 1980’s and 90’s. Chrome Dome is featured on the cover with beautiful VHS inspired artwork, along with April O’Neil and the turtles. On the back are images of Chrome Dome, along with a description. The opening flap includes another image of Chrome Dome, and he comes packaged in a plastic tray along with his accessories.
Chrome Dome stands roughly 10″ tall, making him the tallest figure released so far in this line. The sculpt is absolutely incredible, and he almost looks like he walks right out of your tv screen and into your living room. The likeness is spot on, especially the sculpt, and paint applications that are applied to perfection. The figure is mostly cast in black plastic, especially on the arms and legs, with light grey being the secondary color, dark grey, blue and red. The head sculpt is just incredible, and the likeness really works its magic here, especially in the attention to detail on all the parts of the helmet, which is also dome shaped in the back. Around his waist is a belt with a sheath for his swords, and a pin to hold the blaster.
The size of Chrome Dome works exceptionally well considering how he looked in the cartoon, to how he relates to NECA’s other figures in the line released so far. Chrome Dome was depicted as a big, massive character that Shredder made to lead the Foot Soldiers, and this guy surely looks and meets the part. In the show however, his size varies such as he’s as tall as a building, which is a technique that Krang can do with his Android Body. Since Chrome Dome was made using Krang tech, it’s only plausible he was given the same techniques as Krang and the Foot Soldiers, such as martial arts moves, weaponry as we knew he has, and the height differences as seen in various scene’s in the two episodes he appeared in.
Chrome Dome includes a total of nine interchangeable hand sculpts (two closed fisted, two open grip for the swords, two karate chop, two open grip with fingers sculpted apart, and one trigger finger for the blaster), two swords, a laser blaster and a computer. The hands swap out easily, with minimal flaking with the black paint.
The computer depicts a great likeness from what we saw in the episode “Night of the Rogues,” which we saw on April’s or Vern’s desk and used to research Chrome Dome’s head. This computer would make a great addition to this years SDCC Channel 6 diorama that is included with the figures. All you’ll need is a desk and a chair, which is easy nowadays to come by for this sale of figures. The computer has some nicely done sculpted details, including the key board, and floppy disk section.
The swords are a nice addition, and possibly a vintage toy homage as I don’t believe he used swords in the cartoon. The swords are painted in the same colors as the figure, and can be placed in the sheath on his belt, or into the sword holding hands.
The laser blaster can be placed on his belt with the peg, or held in his trigger finger hand. This blaster looks like an alien ray gun as we’ve seen the Foot Solders, Rocksteady, Bebop and other villains come with. Since this is Krang tech, it only makes sense that there’s a science fiction vibe to it given that the Krang are Interdemonential aliens as we learned more about them in the 2012 series. We learned that Kraang is a member of their race and was sent to this dimension just to get rid of him, likely with his Technodrome and all the technology that went with it to Dimension X, which eventually he was able to open a portal to New York City where the Turtles live. The likeness and attention to detail on this laser blaster came out great, with each side of it is different and pays a great tribute to what we saw in the show.
His articulation includes a ball joined head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles, and hinged toes.
Overall, Chrome Dome is amazingly detailed, sculpted and painted and pays a great likeness to the source material. Every aspect about the figure is perfect, especially the quality, accessories, size and especially the cell-shaded deco that pays tribute to his on-screen appearance. Make sure to add Chrome Dome to your collection!
International fans (anyone can order) can find Chrome Dome and other figures at Zavvi U.K.