Fans Toys FT-46 Tesla 2.0 (Masterpiece Perceptor)

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Fans Toys FT-46 Tesla 2.0 (Masterpiece Perceptor)

Fanstoys items usually come with an outer plastic baggie to protect the box.

Ye ole Fans Toys protective film sheet.

Take note that the extra faces are packed in a baggie and arbitrarily placed next to Tesla’s right hip

So, we meet again QC32. I really wonder how many guys are actually working on the assembly line? Seems like it’s usually QC32 for my items.

This set comes with a LOT of heads. They’re also numerically tagged on each baggie. I’ve lined them up from 1 to 7, left to right, for anyone who needs the reference.

Aside from the heads, you get two more IDW Comics-styled “soul patched” faces for Tesla. Unlike the heads (which are easy to pop out), the faces will require you to unscrew the IDW heads to get the new face plates on.

There’s also an optional “toon accurate” chest panel for Tesla to use. Awesome!

To remove the default clear piece, just open the panel and push out the panel forward.

Remember to open the panel on his abs first to give the chest panel clearance to open up.

For Tesla 2.0, you will may to do some “fine tuning” when you first open him from the box. Mine came with the tank treads exposed on his lower legs. Simply turn them around to get a proper “clean” look for this guy. I missed this step as well and only found out later on when I was transforming him into his alt mode. Ah well…

Since this is a Third Party, non-official item, it doesn’t come with a faction symbol. It’s best to get some stickers from Reprolabels/Toyhax.com to make this guy more “toon-accurate”. Alternately, you can also use “water slide decals” to make them look even more flawless (you won’t see the edges, unlike with stickers) but I’ve never really had the proper skills, or time (usually needs to be individually cut first) to work with those.

For water slide decals, most folks recommend the one from Ocean Studio. Here:
http://www.unclebillyshop.com/decals-poster/ocean-logo-decals.html

To apply stickers, I find the best way to stick the stickers on is to use the tip of a blade, or a flat, small-tipped object, this way you have more control over the application, as compared to using one’s stubby fingers. You can also use the blade to help gently peel off a corner of the sticker in case you didn’t center it right and need to re-apply.

Viola!

Perceptor is the Autobot’s chief scientist. Incredibly smart, Perceptor strives to make great advances to help the Autobots adapt to Earth environment. An expert on metallurgy, molecular chemistry, electrical engineering, Perceptor is also well-versed in other sciences. While he prefers not to fight, his microscope can become a powerful light cannon.

For the unfamiliar, this is actually Fans Toy’s second attempt at making a Masterpiece Perceptor, as the original release’s design was highly conceptualized and didn’t follow the original cartoon models. Also, the materials used on the V1 were inherently low-grade, weak plastic that would crumble over time like a cookie. Amusingly, Fans Toys put their own spin on Tesla’s “upgrade”, as indicated on his bio, where Quakewave (Shockwave) did heavy damage to Tesla during a battle, requiring the latter to get a new body.

Tesla 2.0 stands roughly 8.5 inches tall and weighs 569 Grams.

Diecast parts include:
-Sections of the torso
-Thighs
-Knees
-Sections of the lower leg
-Feet
-Dials on his arms and scope

Remember to push his shoulder cannon down flush for robot mode. Sadly, the cannon cannot be flipped over to his right shoulder (unlike the G1 toy), it can only be placed on his left.

Tesla’s scope can telescope in and out when you rotate the dial up top.

While the other dials on his arms are diecast, they don’t rotate.

While we never see it happen in the cartoons, in robot mode, Perceptor’s scope can be used as a light cannon (it was used once in his mobile cannon mode in the “Microbots” episode).

Tesla comes with his Concussion Rifle and rocket launcher.

Alternate faces… so many alternate faces…
By default, Tesla comes with his “smiling” face equipped.

Sad Perceptor (from Optimus’ death scene from the 1986 Movie)

G1 toy Perceptor.

The toy’s (non-firing) missile launcher based on the vintage G1 Perceptor’s weapon.

While it does not fire (just like in the vintage toy), the rocket can be removed from the launcher.

IDW Comics “panicking” Perceptor

Also, IDW Comics “cool, silent sniper” Perceptor.

His Concussion Rifle has a bipod which can be deployed to support the weapon.


Microscope mode

Remember to roll out the butt wheels for the microscope mode to help balance the figure.

Naturally, the telescoping gimmick still works here.

While the scope does move in and out, I don’t think there’s an actual change inside the scope, as far as magnification goes.

Mortar Cannon Placement mode

Overall, another hit from Fans Toys. I like this version way more over their V1 Tesla since it’s more cartoon accurate in terms of sculpt and features vastly improved paint. The first version also had a LOT of reports of the red plastic parts just literally disintegrating over time, due to the poor-quality plastic used by the factory bakc then. I am so glad I didn’t pull the trigger on the overpriced V1 on the secondary markets back in the day. This guy is definitely the one you want as a Fans Toys Perceptor.

There’s been some good comparisons between this and the X-transbots “Janssen” (their take on Perceptor). It’s a good, cheaper alternative to this figure with a lot more accessories, but I think I still prefer this version over that one, but at least there’s an good alternate choice for MP Perceptor out there, since Hasbro doesn’t seem to interested in doing an official one.

Gold



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