I just discovered something today that I found quite a welcome surprise in set 8634 Mission 5: Turbocar Chase. Silver bricks. Not chrome, but the same silvered paint process apparently that you've put the 2007 Castle helms for minifigures through. They are fantastic looking. I never thought I'd see the day when a set had a quantity of silver bricks.
So this begs the question LEGO, when are you going to make a nice Star Wars: Queen's Royal Starship from Episode 1?