Reveal The Shield Perceptor
Review by Dkun
My love of Perceptor last year had pretty great timing. Right after I had picked up my G1 Perceptor, I thought to myself "Man, a Classics Perceptor would be really great." Lo and behold, at Botcon that year a Classics Perceptor was announced. I was super excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on that toy.
Perceptor in robot mode looks very good. A lot of the design and proportions are reminiscent of his IDW Comics appearance, which is perfectly alright with me. He's very lithe and frail looking, with loads of tiny details and homages to the G1 toy like the shoulder molding and kneecaps. He even has chrome on his knobs, chest, and microscope like the original toy.
He has a bit of a backpack, but as a scientist I think he's allowed to have one.
The face sculpt is very nice, with an extremely long and stoic face. It doesn't turn very much though, unfortunately.
Perceptor is a part of the Reveal The Shield line, and features a rub sign located inside of his opening chest panel. Even the details inside of the chest are similar to the original toy.
Perceptor doesn't come with any weapons, but despite that he's very expressive and great for posing. He's great at doing thinking poses...
...Looking down at something in confusion...
...Or even just taking a stroll through the park while contemplating science.
Plus if you really need some weapons, the G1 Perceptor guns look right at home in his hands.
The transformation on Perceptor is very intense. Lots of panel folding and parts clipping into other parts. I'm all for intricate transformations and was excited that one of my favorite characters featured a more involved transformation. However, there is a major design flaw in this toy. When going from vehicle to robot mode, there is a tiny little clip that fits into a black slot in order to connect the backpack and arms to the body. This is not my first Perceptor, as it is very easy to break that clip if you are not careful.
Although it takes a while to get everything fit and flush, the end result is a pretty nice vehicle mode. It's a half-track vehicle, and looks very sciency and suited for Perceptor. Sure it's not a microscope, but I think it's a suitable substitute.
The detail on the rear treads in particular are very nice.
Perceptor is not a perfect toy by any means. His articulation is hindered due to bulky legs and limited ankles, plus he doesn't come with any accessories, and on top of that is also a fiddly and fragile robot. Yet, I'm able to look over all of that because of my love for this character. It's unfortunately not the sort of Transformer that I think kids could do very easily, which is a real shame and makes this one of the weaker releases of this year of fantastic Transformers. Although, just because he is one of the weaker Transformers does not mean he is bad by any means, just not quite as good.
Plus, my trio of Autobot scientists are now complete, and I can overlook just about anything for that reason.
|Posted 25 August, 2011 - 07:30 by Dkun|