Revenge of the Fallen Ejector Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: July 2009
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Born mindless and driven by the heat pulsing in his tiny body, EJECTOR knows nothing but how to burn. Even when he was a simple toaster burning things was what he did best. Now that he’s got a simple mind of his own, and flamethrowers to go with it, he lives to torch everything around him.

Add this unexpected DECEPTICON warrior to your collection! Convert this fun figure from robot mode to toaster mode! Now the battle’s really gonna heat up! Recreate exciting movie scenes – or stage new ones of your own – right there in your living room!

The first Transformers movie showed that the Allspark had the ability to bring non-sentient machines to life, turning them into violent Transformers that lash out at anything nearby. In "Revenge of the Fallen", several home appliances are brought to life and attack Sam in his house. Ejector takes inspiration from this moment, and as I look at him all I can think is "This figure shouldn't exist." I mean, how do you market a toaster?! Yet, when fans reacted with wild affection for the "Mountain Dew Transformer" in the first movie (so much so a Robot Heroes figure was made of the character Dispensor), it was clear that sometimes a silly, random character can actually work as a figure.

10/19/09 Update: Several fans wrote me and pointed out that Ejector does indeed have an "on screen" appearance in a Mountain Dew commercial. I found it on Youtube and it's quite funny to watch.

Robot Mode:
The Scout Class of figures are packaged in robot mode, and while most other figures could get away with being packaged in their alternative forms, Ejector definitely makes his biggest impression in robot form. He looks like some random, wild and crazy design, but in fact I think his design is largely inspired by Oni, demons of Japanese folklore. He has many of the features of Oni including a deformed face that has sharp teeth, two horns and a rather prominant nose. He also takes on some features of more traditional portrayals of western demons and devils including clawed hands and backswept feet like a goat (you can read more about this last part here. I love the way that two different types of mythologies combine into this character's robot mode. It fits the way the Transformers series itself is a combination of the East and West.

I really like the way Ejector's face is sculpted in a twisted expression, with one eye significantly more open than the other, creating the look of a sneer. His mouth being wide open gives him a wild look which is accentuated by his claws and teeth. The cord and plug from the toaster mode forms a tail here, which looks great and appropriate for a "demon" based design. I was surprised the designers went and used string for the cord portion but I'm happy they did. I trust that to hold together better than a plastic cord of the same size.

Some elements of the toaster mode show up here, grounding it firmly in the movie aesthetic where some of the internals of a Transformers' alternate mode show in robot mode. in th is case there are tube like details running along the middle of his body both vertically and horizontally. The horizontal details look like they could be the heating coils from inside the toaster stretched out and the vertical tubes look like wires. There are details on his lower legs which could be vents or more heating coils. While following the movie aesthetic, he definitely has solid robot parts akin to a G1 design including the flat panels on his arms and leg armor.

Ejector is cast in two shades of grey plastic. In this form copper is the primary color used for his detailing including the aforementioned tubes and his eyes. If you hold the figure at certain angles, the tubes almost look red. On his right arm is a black Decepticon symbol. You'll see some silver paint applications if you look at the figure from the sides or back, but I'll review those more in the toaster mode section.

Ejector has fifteen points of articulation in robot mode. This includes four in each arm and three in each leg. The top part of his head/jaw can move up and down as part of his transformation, but it also looks like he's screaming (which I find cool and comical at the same time).

Transformation to Toaster Mode:

  1. Swing the outer arms up.
  2. Swing open the panels on his upper arms.
  3. Rotate his lower arms so the palms face forward, and then swing the fingers so they are up against his palm.
  4. Swing the lower arms up into the exposed recess in his arm, then swing the panels from the last step down.
  5. Swing the top of the robot head down.
  6. Swing each robot foot back.
  7. Rotate the lower legs around.
  8. Swing the lower legs up.
  9. Pull the panel on the back out.
  10. Rotate the robot arms up and then swing the back.
  11. Swing the robot legs up.
  12. Swing the robot arms down to form the front of the toaster.
  13. Swing the back panel onto the top of the toaster and press it down.

Toaster Mode:
So after a bit of googling for toasters, it seems the designers decided not only to use real life vehicles as the basis for Transformers, but appliances as well! Ejector is a variant on the Dualit 3 Slice Vario. He has all the following features of a Dualit toaster:

  • The overall shape has a flattened back, curved top and sloping front end.
  • The front of the toaster has sculpted lines that curve down from the top to the bottom, just like the front end of the Dualit.
  • The slots for the bread have small sculpted lines representing the coils that are visible from the top of the toaster just like the real life Dualit.
  • On the right side of the toaster is a rectangular button with a dial under it, similar to the real life Dualit.
  • The right side of the Dualit has a small lever in the center towards the bottom, and Ejector has a similar detail with the knob squashed in a bit, looking more like a circle tab instead.
  • Above the aforementioned lever is a distinct line that is sculpted into the side of the figure.

There are some differences between the real life Dualit and Ejector. The distinctive button on the right side is actually part of the three slice model whereas Ejector is a four slice toaster. The back of the toaster also has a curve like the front, but here the back is flat. The plug itself appears to be one for a country outside the US (possibly the UK) as it is round with three prongs set at angles that wouldn't fit into a US plug. These aren't huge differences and I think it looks great.

Silver, black and red are the paint colors used in this form. Silver makes up most of this form, distinguishing it from the grey color of the robot mode (and fitting with the silver color of the real life Dualit). Red is used on the distinctive button on the right side and black is used for the dial on the side and to outline the red buton. It's a simple color scheme but it accurate reflects the colors of the real life toaster he is based on and looks cool.

Final Thoughts:
Ejector is just a super fun figure. I love the utter silliness of having a Transformer toaster, but I also love the fact that it fits into the mythology of the movie universe. He's not for everyone. There really is virtually no play value in his alternate form, and his robot mode looks really weird, but he manages to touch my funny bone while still being well sculpted and well articulated at the same time. Highly recommended if you're into a goofy Transformer.