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Name: ejector
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Decepticon
Alternate Mode: Toaster



TOASTER MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 6cm (12cm with power cord) Width: 3cm

   A silver toaster with a white woven power cord hanging out one end, which itself ends in a grey power plug. The body of the toaster itself is composed of grey plastic but covered in silver in this mode. On one side is a black dial (darkness setting, I guess) and a red power switch, but otherwise Ejector sports a simple colour scheme. There are no allegiance symbols here. Sadly the silver panels are rather broken up by a bunch of seams. It's clearly a toaster and the extensive use of silver is nice, but the seams do hurt the illusion a little.

   We've never seen a toaster Transformer before, which makes Ejector something unique, but there are some shortcomings here. Firstly the back end is essentially missing - basically he has the sides and one end while the other end has been truncated, leaving a grey mess with a gap in the middle. The cord hangs out of this end, so I guess the cord hangs away from you. I've already covered the mess of seams. It's not all bad news, mind you. There are four slots on top, the controls I've already mentioned along with a switch on the same side as these controls (but unpainted) and four little feet underneath. Curiously, the plug is that found in Australia and New Zealand (& Commonwealth Pacific Islands, Timor-Leste) rather than that used in the US & Japan (where this toy was likely designed) or the most common "European" plug.

   There's no real play value here, which shouldn't come as a surprise - this is a small basic which has folded up to form a toaster, leaving no room for gimmicks. Basially, Ejector sits on the desk looking like a toaster. From three directions, anyway.

   It's a decent first attempt at a toaster, but it suffers from having to transform into the complex little robot we saw in Revenge of The Fallen, with all the seams on the sides. The power cord is a nice touch (and I love the fact he has an Australian plug!) but I would have liked to see some what of giving this toy the other end of the toaster. A respectable attempt, but not a fantastic end result.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Basically the entire thing unfolds. I'm not going through it all, but it's complex series of unfolding steps. The end becomes the arms, the sides become the legs and the top becomes a backplate. Oh, and the arms will pop off during transformation.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 8.5cm

   A grey robot with some relics of that silver paint, Ejector has ochre eyes along with various other painted details on his chins and groin. His forearms and feet are a darker grey (which has a distinct hint of green) while there's a black Decepticon logo stamped on his right upper arm. The cord now forms a tail, giving him some white. The colour scheme is still simple but is more complex than the toaster mode. The ochre elements are painted to look like heating elements, which is a nice touch - especially since this mode is effectively the insides of the toaster mode!

   This is very much a movie design. Like Frenzy he has dual forearms, and a rather alien looking face with a gaping mouth. The tail, cloven hooves and face combine to give Ejector a rather demonic look - he's not winning any beauty pageants with that smile. The face is oversized and he's something of a hunchback. For all of the ugliness here, it suits the portrayal in the film, and I am impressed with how little of the silver pokes out here (mainly on the outsides of his thighs).

   Again there are no gimmicks, and Ejector lacks any weapons. His articulation is decent but his poseability is poor. The head is fixed although you can lift the upper jaw a little. The shoulders are ball jointed - but they pop off easily, as mentioned. His elbows are hinged with rotators while the (second) outer pair of forearms are also hinged. The claw hands can fold inwards, which is for transformation. His hips are limited ball joints while the knees are hinged with rotators and his ankles also hinged. There are no heelspurs, so you get two choices with his feet - spend fifteen minutes trying to stand him with straight legs or two minutes trying to stand him with his shins sloping forward, giving him sort of heelspurs. By putting his shins on this angle the knee joints become fairly useless - neither options gives much leg poseability.

   While he looks impressive - the demonic features go well together - Ejector's play value is pitiful. The colours work and the heating elements are a great touch, but standing him is tricky and posing him impossible. While his arms can be posed, they lack weapons and the legs make posing Ejector not fun anyway. I prefer the straight legs, which in invariably means leaning him against something. The idea is nice, but he needs heelspurs which would have been difficult to add into the toaster mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   More than anything else, Ejector is memorable for his unique alternate mode. The toasters is a novel idea and the demonic theme of his robot mode is a good idea, but the toaster is truncated and the robot mode's play value is laughable. The power cord is nifty, the heating elements in robot mode are a good idea and the second set of forearms work fairly well, so while Ejector is flawed there is care in his design. Recommend for the originality here, but Ejector is a flawed toy - 6.5/10

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