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Name: Perceptor
Series: Classics
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Armoured Missile Truck



MISSILE TRUCK MODE
Height: 4.5cm Length: 9cm Width: 3.5cm

   A red armoured truck with eight black painted tyres and a giant black missile on top, Perceptor features some flashes of light blue on the sides and black windows. This colour scheme only vaguely alludes to the G1 microscope. The missile tank loosely ties into the intermediate tank mode of that toy, but the red is much lighter, the blue lighter and far sparser while there's no chrome here. The end result is something that is more Perceptor by name than by appearance. There's a silver Autobot logo stamped on top towards the front, rounding out a simple yet reasonable colour scheme. He has a notably simpler paint job than the original version of this mould, Cybertron Legends Red Alert.

   While the truck shape and detailing are pretty good, there are two aspects which really hurt this mode. The first is a giant gap in the middle underneath the missile - inside this gap the robot head, torso and thighs are very visible; the second is the fact that the missile sits offset to the right and cannot move into the centre - aside from looking lopsided, this means the missile is unable to hide the gap. The missile itself has a hinge and a ball joint at the base, whereas two ball joints would have allowed it to cover the gap. The missile is permanently open, which looks better here than on Red Alert, because the extra black this provides offsets the relative lack of colour. The play value here is less than I'd expect - false wheels underneath turn and the missile can aim, but lifting the missile up or swinging it to the side just makes that gaping hole more visible.

   A decent missile truck with a good sculpt but a simple colour scheme which hides that detail. It's not really Perceptor and with the gaping hole on top, this is a fairly forgettable vehicle mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold the front down and split to form legs, flip up his feet (which also flips down the attached heelspurs). Fold the rear section back to reveal (well, finish revealing) the head and torso, swing the sides into position as arms. The missile just sort of floats above his head, although you can aim it if you like.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   Perceptor is again mainly red, with the blue on his forearms and thighs while his head and groin are black and the chest is silver. His eyes are painted yellow and the missile on top of his right shoulder is black. The layout of colours here matches the G1 toy fairly well - although it's simply at this scale. The tribute is made slightly less obvious that it should be by the mismatched shades of red and blue, but this robot mode does a decent job of the character - and the missile is on the same spot as the scope on the G1 toy. It's a decent but not inspiring colour scheme, but is more focused than that of Red Alert. The Autobot logo is on his left shin.

   There's some poseability here, although it's mostly a result of his transformation. The arms swing but the attachment points are a little low, so lifting them too high looks odd. The missile can swing side to side and lift up, although again the single ball joint makes some positions look awkward. The hips are ball jointed and the heelspurs are decent, so we get some leg movement, although the fixed knees limit this a little. The rear section of the truck tends to swing forward and get in the way when the arms swing down, which is a little annoying.

   A decent robot mode, with colours that make the tribute work despite the mismatched shades. They're better than those of Red Alert from an aesthetic point of view, also. Perceptor's poseability is passable but with problems. While it's a fairly poor robot mode mould, the colours are well done for the most part.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although as mentioned he is a repaint of Cybertron Legends Red Alert.

OVERALL

   With that awful gap on the underpainted truck mode and a fairly poor robot mode mould, Perceptor fails to reach any heights, which is a shame since this is first time the G1 character has been revisited. The colours work better than those of Red Alert, overall, and so repaint is an improvement, but the poor matching of shades is needlessly annoying. A toy you can easily pass up, but if you want to get one version of the mould, Perceptor is the one to get - 5/10

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