I was hoping to get this Reveal the Shield review up much earlier today, but I got a bit behind (sorry, Noisy). So for those of you who’ve been waiting, I apologize for my tardiness. But in my defense, part of the blame rests on the strangely articulated shoulders of today’s subject. Y’see, Perceptor is a bit of a diva.
Perceptor was always a strange character to me. He fell into that odd category of Transformers whose alt mode could change scale depending on what the situation called for. One moment he’s allowing humans to use him as a normal sized microscope. The next he’s battling Decepticons as a giant microscope shaped canon with tank treads. But no matter what the size, his design was truly unique among the various cars and trucks that crowded the Autobot’s ranks. So I always found him interesting because he just looked different.
There were plans to introduce Perceptor into the Transformers Animated series which never came to fruition. But an echo of that version of Perceptor lives on in the new Generations toy. Instead of transforming into a microscope/canon like his G1 counterpart, this newest figure’s alt mode is a half-track. Just like in the Animated series. Interestingly, his robot mode is very reminiscent of his G1 form.
This leaves me with mixed feelings. On one hand it’s really nice to see some semblance of the Animated series survive past its cancellation. On the other hand, I really wanted him to be his unique microscope/canon self instead of just another vehicle. The lack of microscope/canon stings just a bit harder when you see his robot form, a damned near perfect modernization of his G1 look.
Hasbro really did a terrific job with the colors on this guy. Again, you get a déjà vu G1 feel from the dark reds and surgical scrub teal, all accented perfectly with black gloves, boots, and underwear. Plus, this is one of the few times I actually get to say this, but Hasbro’s Perceptor is superior to his Japanese counterpart. I’m not a big fan of the United Perceptor’s sparkly red, which is strange because I usually prefer the metallic look, just not this time.
Also, I love chromed figures. Superpowers Brainiac and Cyborg were two of my favorites as a kid. There was this awesome metallic Steel figure in that old 90’s Superman line. He kicked butt. Hell, I even love Mo-Larr’s weapons in MOTU Classics. Shiny is good, and Hasbro knows this because they gave Perceptor his metalized knobs and trim. For some reason the Henkei version doesn’t have this, and therefore is far less spectacular. Continue to Page 2…