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Darth Vader Toaster
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Darth Vader Toaster
Date: 05/08/11, updated on 05/08/11 (64 review reads)
Advantages: Actually works well
Disadvantages: Can't see the mark under certain types of bread
==Darth Vader Toaster==
Jack really did get spoilt this Birthday like he does every Birthday even though we had vowed to not really spend that much on him ourselves because of our impeding house move and the fact that we want him to appreciate the smaller things in life. However this wasn't to be the case because far too many presents were purchased from family and friends and the smaller gifts we had bought some how got left to the bottom of the pile.
==Price and Availability===
So seeing as Jack's uncle bought him this item I can't say exactly how much was paid and I would think knowing his uncle it was on some sort of offer (or from the back of a lorry) but having had a look online I can see that the standard price for this item is a not too cheap £50. I guess you could say that for a toaster this isn't a exceptionally bad price and is probably a mid range price however the fact that I don't really know what make this toaster is I can't really tell whether it justifies this price bracket. No where on either the toaster itself or indeed the packaging it came with does it say who actually makes it but I could hazard a guess it is Delongi!
==Look and Design==
Although at first I thought this was a really strange gift to get a small boy after having used it a few times and seeing how much Jack likes it I think it is a really good idea. Okay so we have had to get rid of our old toaster and in its place put this one but to be honest it really makes no difference. This probably wouldn't' have been the case were this Darth Vader Toaster hideous to look and but seeing as once on the side and tucked away you can hardly tell it is anything other than a normal toaster I am okay with that.
It does have all the buttons that you would expect to find on a toaster such as this and there is the large push down button which allows the bread to be pulled into the toaster and begin to cook, there is a defrost button along with a reheat and a cancel button. This is all pretty basic stuff it seems to be made to a fairly high standard and all these buttons are tough and appear pretty hard wearing.
The whole look of the toaster is rather sleek and stylish and does have that Darth Vader helmet type look to it. The black glossy finish makes it look nice but does mean that it is always in need of a good polish up with a dish cloth after each use. There is also the Star Wars logo written on the front which I can't say I like but I have managed to get it into a position where it is still easy to use but this logo isn't noticed.
The toaster does actually seem to work pretty well and in fact it probably cooks the toast to a better finish than the toaster I was using before did. The main draw for this though is the fact that this Darth Vader Toaster is no ordinary toaster and it will actually leave an toasted impression of Darth Vader on each slice of toast you cook. Jack was so impressed the first few times that we did this that I thought he would never eat his toast and was more likely to want to blu tac it to his bedroom wall.
However the novelty soon faded and the chocolate spread soon covered over the Darth Vader head. We have to make sure that we have a lightly buttered slice of toast with perhaps only a smidge of marmite in order to see the marks that are on the toast and seeing as Jack is a big Chocolate spread fan more often than not the chocolate will win over seeing Darth Vader. As well as having to choose your topping carefully I find that cutting up the toast does as well mean that it just looses all the special effects of the slice as a whole and Jack does need his toast cutting up into four pieces for him to eat it properly and not shove a whole load in at once.
I have real mixed feeling about this toaster because on the plus side, it looks really good and does actually cook a nice bit of toast for myself and Jack. It is easy to use and appears to be well made and hard wearing. However I feel that the gimmick side of things is really the draw for people buying it and this aspect doesn't always work out as I have said when it comes to the toast topping or the cutting of the slice.
I don't think it is a product that I would have bought from Jack but I must admit to being rather pleased with receiving it as a present. It does work well at making toast and I think with the amount of toasters that we have gone through that can't even do the basic task of that!
So overall I feel that a good score of 4 out of 5 stars is well deserved. The only minus mark is really for the fact that the special aspect of the toaster hasn't been that well thought through and could have possibly make four small Dart Vader's on each corner of a slice. But really I can't have it all!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Summary: a good novelty toaster
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