U.S. Name: PERCEPTOR   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #31: Dinobots Island P2, Season 2, Sept. 1985

Classic Box Number: 39     This Line Box Number: TFC #19


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This is my first Perceptor action figure.  As a kid, I had always wanted to own one but never really got such luck due to financial problem.  So after two decades later, he is now mine to own.  Anyhow, I bought it on Jun. Xvii, Mmv and it cost me $XLIII from Image Anime.  


R-0 Original Perceptor's motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: scientist | Alt. Mode: microscope|

| STR 7 | INTL 10 | SPD 2 | ENDN 7 | RNK 7 | CRG 8 | FRPW 8 | SKL 10 |

Original G1 Perceptor Motto:

"One's ultimate truth lies in one's molecular structure.. "


Original G1 Perceptor Bio:

Unquenchable thirst for knowledge...seeks it to exclusion of all else....  Main role is to study the best ways the Autobots can adapt to Earth.  Extremely smart.  Scientific specialties are metallurgy, molecular chemistry, electrical engineering.  As microscope, capable of powerful magnification.   Lens barrel converts into powerful light cannon.  Carries concussion rifle in robot mode.  Absent-mined.  Lenses are his weakest part.


NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1 Perceptor in its Original condition:

perceptororig.jpg (80490 bytes)1 - Front and back of the box: "Transformers Collection #19 - Perceptor."  

2 - Here's how it looked once you opened the cover revealing Perceptor and contents. 

3 - Contents are sandwiched between two clear plastic tray while the paper works are sealed in a separate bag.

4 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: "1" microscope,  " 1" gun, "1" gun launcher, "3" missiles (on tree/ spruce),  "1" trading cards, "1" instruction sheet, "1" miscellaneous text sheet, "1" world art image featuring Season 4 boxart, "1" description of TF Zone episode, "2" synopsis of Headmaster Series episode #1 to #9, "2" Dreamwave arts with toy catalog (feature: Pretender C-201, C-202, C-203. C-200, Headmaster C-301 to C-306), and "2" data files (images of Perceptor, and Wheeljack).


R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

There are 9 Pre-Applied Stickers that were applied onto Perceptor.  The first pre-applied sticker is actually the large Autobot insignia located on top of the shoulder canon (view finder).   Number two and three can be found either side of the shoulder.  The third one is the small Autobot insignia locate just below the chest.  Fifth and sixth stickers can be seen on front of the thigh while seventh and eighth is at the side of the lower feet.  And last but not least, the final pre-applied sticker is the Autobot Rubsign which can be found at the inner side of the left thigh.

Sticker Sheet:

Both the original and reissue Perceptor do not come with any sticker sheet. 


R-3 Perceptor in Microscope Mode: 

perceptormic.jpg (51464 bytes)In microscope mode, Perceptor measures approximately 4 5/16 x 3 1/2 x 5 14/16 (LxWxH in inch) and looks very gorgeous from the front side.  The magnifying lens are functional just like the real thing.  You can also adjust its magnify capacity by rotating the circular dial next to the barrel.  By doing so, the tip of silver barrel will extend its length.  The other two circular dials that locate on either side of Perceptor arm are actually a false dial and is take out when Perceptor converts into his tank mode, see R-4. In addition to the vertical movement, the barrel can also be bent at a 90 degree in the horizontal direction.  


R-4 Perceptor in Tank Mode: 

perceptortank.jpg (63223 bytes)From the look of Perceptor action figure one may wonder as to why would a microscope has a tread wheel like a tank?  The truth is, Perceptor has a hidden third alternated form or tank mode that was never really translated into Transformers Universe but only in his original Micro Change Line and in the Instruction Sheet.  If you observe Perceptor lower leg side decal, you will see a text notation that is written as "MC 20" which is basically a reference number that can be traced back to the original line Micro Change and Perceptor was the 20th figures to be released from that line.  In tank mode, his measurement approximately 6 x 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 (LxWxH in inch) is the tread wheel is a false wheels and is just for decorative only.  However, he does have 3 functional plastic wheels from the underside for roll out.  The arm circular dials must be taken out to prevent conflict with the leg or front portion of the tank.  The barrel or turret can be fully position upright to the sky or fully parallel to the ground (top right corner image) by rotating the main body.


R-5 Perceptor in Robot Mode:

perceptorrob1.jpg (64799 bytes)In robot mode, Perceptor is one of the most beautiful G1 figures.  He is very proportion and well balance.   Moreover, he feature many articulations such as shoulder, elbow, leg, knee, and feet (see R-7 on articulation).  His biggest articulation weakness is his inability to move forward or backward.  But other than that, he's one cool figure to have.  The shoulder cannon can either place on the left or right side of the head depending on desire.

NOTE-1: Base on the cartoon, Perceptor shoulder cannon should always be positioned on the left shoulder not on the right like Soundwave.


R-6 Additional Images:

perceptorrob2.jpg (68553 bytes)Perceptor came 1 gun, 1 missile launcher, and 3 missiles.  Both gun handle can be held by the hand without any difficulty.  And just like the cartoon from the episode "Child Play", Perceptor shoulder view finder or barrel can be easily taken off (bottom left image).  And last but not least, the left image shows what Perceptor can do with his articulation.


R-7 Rémy's Perceptor action figure review:

Manufacturer - Takara.

Line, Series/ Wave: Generation 1 Line, Transformers Collection - Box #19.

Year Released: [Jun. 2005 Reissue] - The original toy was released in 1985.  

Made: [China] - Although the original toy was made in Japan, the qualities and materials are pretty much the same as the reissue.

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 8 14/16 X 6 3/4 X 4 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Taped down and sandwiched between two clear plastic trays are: "1" microscope,  " 1" gun, "1" gun launcher, "3" missiles (on tree/ spruce).

On the back of the card board and not inside the clear plastic tray, a taped down bag which contained: "1" trading cards, "1" instruction sheet, and "1" miscellaneous text sheet.

Mounted onto the front cover of the box are: "1" world art image featuring Season 4 boxart, "1" description of TF Zone episode, "2" synopsis of Headmaster Series episode #1 to #9, "2" Dreamwave arts with toy catalog (feature: Pretender C-201, C-202, C-203. C-200, Headmaster C-301 to C-306), and "2" data files (images of Perceptor, and Wheeljack).

Box Special Note: Front Box: Perceptor box art.  Back Box:  No box art, Perceptor contents and other reissue TFs ads.  Used Book style format, that is, the flap or cover opened up revealing the toy through a window.

Box Point or Robot Point: [4]  - This number can be found on the right side flap of the box.  You have to open the box to see it.  It contains number and either Autobots or Decepticons insginia depending on which faction you are getting.

Approximately Toy Dimension In Inches: - Height Up To The Head 6 5/16  Maximum Height: 7 3/16  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 3 1/4  Maximum Width:Dept: 3 6/16.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print: - © HASBRO; 1984, (Japanese text), ©TAKARA CO. LTD; '84 CHINA.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print Location: - Can be found on the back of Perceptor back.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Easy] - Easy.

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable

Toy Materials: Die Cast Metal: Part of pelvis and chest frame.  Chrome Parts: Circular dials, part of chest, and tip of barrel.  Rubber: N/A.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: Part of chest.

Stability: [A] - Robot mode can stand on any surface.

Fun Toy: [+A] - Pretty a fun toy.

Negative Drawback - None. 

Articulations: Head: Cannot be rotated. Shoulder: Can be swung at a 360 degree forward and backward. Arm/ Elbow: Can be bent at a 90 degree.  Wrist/ Hand: Cannot be rotated, used slider to hide hands. Hip/ Waist: Cannot be bent or rotated.  Leg: Can do a full 180 degree split and rotated 360 degree sideway.  Knee: Can be bent at a 90 degree as well as a 360 degree sideway.  Ankle/ Feet: No sideway movement.  Feet can move downward.

Rub Sign Logo: [Yes] - The Autobot's rub sign located at the inner side of the left thigh.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - He looks pretty much like the cartoon.

Alt's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Same as previous comment.

Special Notes: Here are  "6" special notes which I think you should know:

1 - Perceptor microscope lens are functional, make sure you is working.

2 - The back peg of the view finder that connect onto the black should part is very thin, be very cautious when making connection and taking apart.

3 - The green-blue segment that hold the barrel or view finder is easily snapped off, go easy on them when moving his barrel.

4 - The head of Perceptor uses a slider wheel dial to retract his head out or hidden, be gentle on the wheel.

5 -  In tank move, the slab that retract from Perceptor feet is held by a tiny peg so don't use too much force when pull it out.

6 - The missile launcher gun comes with spring so the missile can be fired out, check to make sure that yours is working.

Overall Grade: [+A] - Perceptor is extremely beautiful, highly articulated, and has many playing values.  Highly recommended.