Scout-class Decepticon Ejector
Review by EVA_Unit_4A
"With the All Spark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. And Fate has yielded its reward: a new world to call home. We live among its people- hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there’s more to them than meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to all Autobots taking refuge among the stars: We are here, we are waiting."
--epilogue from “Transformers” (2007)
With those words, a beacon was sent, alerting the cosmos to our presence in a way we never imagined. Some Autobots responded, but more Decepticons- learning of the death of Megatron- came to seek revenge, to take the throne of their faction for themselves, or simply to see that their leader was truly gone and wonder what would happen next. Two years after the All Spark Cube was destroyed, the Autobots have sought asylum in the United States, and they work closely with its government to form N.E.S.T. (Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty) to cooperate in tracking down arrant Decepticons hiding on Earth and keep the human race unawares amidst growing conspiracies. But with increasing alien activity across the world, it is suspected that the Autobots themselves may be encouraging Decepticons to come to Earth by their very presence here, and the relationship is beginning to become strained. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky has gone to college, but on his first day he begins uncontrollably spouting gibberish like his great-grandfather over a hundred years earlier. It is discovered that he now retains, deep in his mind, the full knowledge of the destroyed All Spark Cube! Learning of this, the Decepticons steal the last shard of the All Spark, and rebuild Megatron. Teleporting himself to another dimension, Megatron consults with his master- an ancient and evil traitor known as The Fallen, who is the leader of all Decepticons. The Fallen plans to harvest Earth’s Sun for Energon at the cost of destroying the planet as he would have thousands of years ago were he not driven off by the Dynasty of Primes- the original leaders of Cybertron. But to do this, The Fallen must recover the long-lost Matrix of Leadership from the secret Tomb of the Primes- which Sam now holds the only key to finding- to activate the Solar Harvester. And the last surviving descendant of the Dynasty- Optimus Prime- is the only one who can stop The Fallen now…
For “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, the line of Scout-class figures are inspired loosely by split-second moments seen in the film, even though they do not appear themselves on-screen. Thus they do not have established individual characteristics. (Most of them actually have re-use names from previously-established Transformers canon, and so their personalities and histories are based on them instead.)
Ejector’s alternate mode is based on a generic toaster machine. However, his presence in the toyline actually has precedence… For the first “Transformers” movie in 2007, soda pop maker Pepsi Co. produced a commercial…
Ejector officially appears in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (though not by name) as part of the group of short-lived ‘Kitchen Bots’ that are brought to life by the All Spark shard Sam finds in the beginning of the movie!
The main gimmick for all of the fully-transformable figures from the 2007 “Transformers” toy line was Automorph Technology™: as one part of the toy was being moved, another section would activate and move by itself via internal gears, springs, and levers. (Usually this applied only going in one direction for transformation but not the other.) For the 2009 “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen” toy line, the Automorph feature has been replaced with Mech Alive, which is not involved in transforming the toys. Rather it is a gimmick that functions only in robot mode to better imitate, in some fashion, the intricate movements and mechanics of the immensely-more complex CGI character(s).
Some figures are being reissued from the 2007 line since no significant changes were made to the character in that time-span, and will still include their original Automorph feature, but not the newer Mech Alive feature because they were manufactured two years previously.
Scout-class figures are too small to incorporate a Mech Alive feature, and so Decepticon Ejector has none.
The upper part of his face can be shifted upwards to make his mouth even bigger!
I usually don’t go for characters that don’t appear on-screen, but that’s just me... Previously, I covered almost all of the Real Gear Robots line, which were similarly-inspired by the first film and how the All Spark Cube could animate random human machines into Cybertronians. (A separate line of Scout-class figures were also released, but they were small-sized repaints from previous series.)
What an impish little character this guy is! Just look at that face, those little devil horns, pointed tail, and four arms… this guy was made for makin’ trouble, and I don’t have to watch the commercial above to know it! (I’m not certain, because of the filming style of the movie, but I think they may have given the CGI version of him a staff or pitchfork in addition to his karate kicking.) I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more-expressive Transformer facially than this one except maybe in a few of the most-recent ones from “Transformers Animated” (2008-09). That aside, considering several other Scout-class figures I’ve seen from the movie’s toyline, this one has attitude but not performance. While he has swivel shoulders, his two ‘main’ arms are really the only thing that poses in a traditional way. While the legs do have knees, you’re rather limited by the supporting-plastic armor hanging out behind them, so you can’t really do anything dynamic with them. (I.e. balance has to be sacrificed to get the legs to pose in different ways.) And while it’s kinda cool to have that second pair of arms even fold out, I though a ball joint at their elbows like those on the ‘main’ arms coulda helped. And having the arms rotate completely forward rather than diagonally is kinda irritating; he always has an arms-wide-open posture. (Helpful for character, granted, but not for posing.) The small cord as a tail is fine, and the limits of the head are obvious and understandable.
I would say that the Scout-class Decepticon Ejector is a rough approximation of how he appears on-screen, but more than makes up for it in straight-out attitude. Recommended for a cheap but well-earned laugh.
|Posted 31 January, 2010 - 02:50 by EVA_Unit_4A|