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

Profile: Perceptor's thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. He will seek it to the exclusion of all else. To him, being on Earth is like a miner finding a new vein of gold - each eagerly plumbs untold riches, neither knowing when his source will run out, if ever. Perceptor's specific role in the Autobot cause is studying how best the Autobots should adapt to Earth, and conversely how Earth's alien environment is affecting the Autobots. Autobot Leader Optimus Prime considers this research vital to the Autobots' survival as long as they're marooned on Earth. Although good-natured and friendly, Perceptor is not easily drawn into joining with other Autobots to do anything other than his work.

Abilities: Perceptor is extremely intelligent. His capacity for data storage is second only to Optimus Prime's. Although familiar with all the sciences, his specialties are metallurgy, molecular chemistry, and electrical engineering. He has two different capacities in microscope mode. He can magnify objects up to 10,000 times as an optical microscope and up to a million times as a scanning electron microscope. Using his magnifying lenses to concentrate and intensify its beam, he can convert his lens barrel to a powerful light cannon. It can blast a hole in a cinder block wall 2,000 miles away with pinpoint accuracy. He can use the cannon in robot mode or convert to a third form and use it as a stationary field artillery piece. He also carries a concussion rifle in robot mode.

Weaknesses: If he were human, Perceptor might be called absent-minded, since he is rarely aware of anything but the work in front of him. He actually forgets at times that he is involved in a raging war and, as a result, is sometimes a casualty of it. His magnifying lenses, although resistant to cracking, are nevertheless the weak link in his make-up. Any problems with them not only can bring his work to a halt, but can also considerably reduce his offensive abilities.










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 minded. Lenses are his weakest part.


**Perceptor is one of the few Transformers that I have both the old version, as well as the newer reissue.  In the pictures below, the one in robot mode is the original, and the one in its microscope mode is my reissue from Takara Japan.

    I also am a big fan of Perceptor because he is from issue #17 and 18 of Marvels comic series line, which is the Smelting Pool story, which is as I am sure you are aware, the name of my site. It is to me, my favorite storyline of Transformers. Perceptor was my least favorite character of the story, because he didn't want to help Blaster look for Scourge, and was too stiff at the beginning of the story, but I am sure that was part of what the writers were going for.

    In my collecting, I worked to Gain Beachcomber, Cosmos, Perceptor, Powerglide, Seaspray and Warpath to go with Blaster, so I had the whole team from Cybertron.  Unfortunately they never made a Scrounge figure to go with them, or a Lord Straxus of the Decepticons for that matter.

    As far as condition goes, my original is in ok condition, with minor sticker and play wear.  I have little accessories for him, just the shoulder scope, and his instructions.  His body is intact though, and has nothing gone from it, including the lens and mirror for the microscope.  I am missing both of his guns and missiles.  Both new and old were Ebay acquisitions.  My reissue is in mint condition of course.**