Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 11:02pm CST

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While the Transfomrers Platinum Autobot Intel Ops set, featuring a rerelease of Blaster, Perceptor, Ramhorn and Steeljaw, has been out for a while, there hasn't been an in depth analysis to what this set offers over previous rereleases. The new slide feature has not been covered correctly elsewhere with reviewers making the dreaded mistake of not following the instructions.

Since he is now sold out at this product's exclusive retailer in America, it seems a lot of folks now have this fun new collectible and I will list the main differences with this release and go in depth for the new slide feature.

Firstly, while the box art is awesome...

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

... no one has yet to comment on the dumb grin Blaster has. I guess he does really enjoy pummeling Decepticons, as his bio says.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

While the quality is not terrible, the grey plastic used for Blaster has the similar flecks found in the the plastic used for contemporary Transformer toys. You can see the reflection from the camera's flash:

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

The grey plastic is also a shade more brown than the original release but it is the same plastic found on the other Blaster reissue.

Also, while the original mold indentations for the date and copyright are found on the figure, there is also a contemporary trademark stamp found all across Blaster's upper back.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Like the original Hasbro Perceptor, his gun can not fire, which is customary. However, unlike the previous reissue, there has been a slight change so that the missile will not fall from the gun when inserted for poses.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Also, Perceptor has an Autobot logo sticker in his abdominal area which is absent from the stock photo in the back. This reminds me, all stickers are preapplied.

Now onto the New Features!

The main difference between this and previous releases of the Perceptor figure is the inclusion of a whole new accessory for his microscope. He comes with six microscope slides which have diverse sci fi imagery, ranging from fractals, solar flares and technorganic cell as well as a blueprint for Optimus Prime.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

These six slides can be held by a case which can close.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

This case, in the open formation, can be attached to Perceptor's back. It has four pegs which match with the already existing holes found on Perceptor's back.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Now, for viewing the slides themselves, I haven't found any review that has done this correctly. This is not how you are supposed to place the slide:

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

While you might think that they are made to fit on the chest plate (which still works visually if you want to pose him in microscope mode), this won't work and the instructions instead indicate that they must fit over the smaller mirror.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

The slides indeed fit snugly over the mirror due to a molded indentation on the slide. The slide can only fit on the mirror when it is upside down.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

The gimmick actually works since Perceptor retains his ability to be a working microscope. Here is a messed up view of what you might see.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Woah, let's back up a bit. Ok, so here is the tecnorganic cell slide placed on the mirror:

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

And here is how it looks under the microscope. You will notice that it is reflected upside down.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Now let's look at the Optimus slide. Here is what it looks like under the microscope.

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Now let's talk about the casettes. This time around, it is not stickers used for the tapes but tampographs instead. Let me know if you notice anything strange with these:

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

I will let our own Scotty P take it from here to describe the intricacies of the changes with the casetttes:
ScottyP wrote:This Platinum Edition Eject has a tampo, and you've seen it before, but never on Eject. It's Ratbat's.

Here's SDCC 2009 Ratbat from the site galleries (though this is a sticker, you'll get the point):
Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature
Transformers Universe - Classics 2.0 Ratbat (Reissue) Gallery

Lastly, a note on Platinum Steeljaw's weapons. They actually have the chrome stop to allow for a nice, smooth connection to the body of the tape. This is awesome! This same feature disappointingly doesn't carry over to Ramhorn's weapons. I can't find myself lamenting Eject's guns being all chrome, since like most versions of the mold they don't stay in all that well anyhow.

So hope that helps any cassette collectors still on the fence with this one. There is one real, actual variant in here in Eject. Can't believe it took it being "in hand" for me to catch that!


Hopefully this helped highlight the new features as well as explain how to get the most out of this set. I know I am having a blast (pun intended)!

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

Transformers News: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature

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Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742292)
Posted by carytheone on November 17th, 2015 @ 11:42pm CST
Blaster Face.jpg
Go ahead, try and get some sleep tonight. Blaster will be there, watching, waiting, plotting....
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742298)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on November 17th, 2015 @ 11:53pm CST
carytheone wrote:
Blaster Face.jpg
Go ahead, try and get some sleep tonight. Blaster will be there, watching, waiting, plotting....


Meh; I've seen scarier, like that tm rhinox digibash sabr posted somewhere - now that, that was the stuff of nightmares' nightmare's >:oP
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742299)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 17th, 2015 @ 11:56pm CST
carytheone wrote:
Blaster Face.jpg
Go ahead, try and get some sleep tonight. Blaster will be there, watching, waiting, plotting....

As I am getting ready for bed.... :shock: :BOT:
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742308)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on November 18th, 2015 @ 12:09am CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
carytheone wrote:
Blaster Face.jpg
Go ahead, try and get some sleep tonight. Blaster will be there, watching, waiting, plotting....

As I am getting ready for bed.... :shock: :BOT:


Then you definitely won't want to see that rhinox digibash...

HA! Found it - regretted it immediately:

Image


That mustache gave me nightmare's for days :HEADHURTS:
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742310)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 18th, 2015 @ 12:13am CST
Will posted that, not me.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742314)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on November 18th, 2015 @ 12:17am CST
Sabrblade wrote:Will posted that, not me.


sorry, couldn't find it, couldn't remember where it was posted either >:oP
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742328)
Posted by AutobotAlvaron on November 18th, 2015 @ 2:12am CST
Thanks for the great pictorial review William-James88. Finally, someone explained and demonstrated Perceptor's new specimen-slide feature. It's interesting as a novelty and I'm glad that it is unobtrusive. We need more G1 re-issues like this set. Well done Hasbro!
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742330)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 18th, 2015 @ 3:05am CST
william-james88 wrote:While the Transfomrers Platinum Autobot Intel Ops set, featuring a rerelease of Blaster, Perceptor, Ramhorn and Steeljaw, has been out for a while, there hasn't been an in depth analysis to what this set offers over previous rereleases. The new slide feature has not been covered correctly elsewhere with reviewers making the dreaded mistake of not following the instructions.

Since he is now sold out at this product's exclusive retailer in America, it seems a lot of folks now have this fun new collectible and I will list the main differences with this release and go in depth for the new slide feature.

Firstly, while the box art is awesome...

Image

... no one has yet to comment on the dumb grin Blaster has. I guess he does really enjoy pummeling Decepticons, as his bio says.

Image

While the quality is not terrible, the grey plastic used for Blaster has the similar flecks found in the the plastic used for contemporary Transformer toys. You can see the reflection from the camera's flash:

Image

The grey plastic is also a shade more brown than the original release.

Image

Also, while the original mold indentations for the date and copyright are found on the figure, there is also a contemporary trademark stamp found all across Blaster's upper back.

Image

A significant difference over the original Perceptor is that his gun can no longer fire, which is customary for many reissues. However, unlike the previous reissue, there has been a slight change so that the missile will not fall from the gun when inserted for poses. If anyone knows if these missiles can still fire when entered in the original gun, please let us know in the forum.

Image

Also, Perceptor has an Autobot logo sticker in his abdominal area which is absent from the stock photo in the back. This reminds me, all stickers are preapplied.



Image

Image


Now onto the New Features!

The main difference between this and previous releases of the Perceptor figure is the inclusion of a whole new accessory for his microscope. He comes with six microscope slides which have diverse sci fi imagery, ranging from fractals, solar flares and technorganic cell as well as a blueprint for Optimus Prime.

Image

These six slides can be held by a case which can close.


Image

Image

This case, in the open formation, can be attached to Perceptor's back. It has four pegs which match with the already existing holes found on Perceptor's back.


Image

Image

Now, for viewing the slides themselves, I haven't found any review that has done this correctly. This is not how you are supposed to place the slide:

Image

While you might think that they are made to fit on the chest plate (which still works visually if you want to pose him in microscope mode), this won't work and the instructions instead indicate that they must fit over the smaller mirror.

Image

The slides indeed fit snugly over the mirror due to a molded indentation on the slide. The slide can only fit on the mirror when it is upside down.

Image

The gimmick actually works since Perceptor retains his ability to be a working microscope. Here is a messed up view of what you might see.

Image

Woah, let's back up a bit. Ok, so here is the tecnorganic cell slide placed on the mirror:

Image

And here is how it looks under the microscope. You will notice that it is reflected upside down.

Image

Now let's look at the Optimus slide.

Image

Here is what it looks like under the microscope.

Image

Image

Hopefully this helped highlight the new feature as well as explain how to get the most out of this set. I know I am having a blast (pun intended)!


Image

Image


Even in the original G1 Perceptor, the missiles won't fire. His gun's "barrel" has been remolded as such that the included projectiles are tight because it has some slack rubbing in to the barrel hence no firing mechanism.

I tried using the default missiles to the original Microman weapon (I have both weapons) version of Perceptor, they too are not compatible. The bigger shaft jams up the springs inside.

As for Blaster, yup, his decals are also preapplied. Same with the TFC version.

Too bad with the molding flashes, reminds me of Encore Onslaught. TT couldn't also fix that issue too unlike Devatar which was an almost perfect G1 re-issue.

Its a nice easter egg bonus with those slides. I wonder if there are excess of these to be acquired via ebay.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742335)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on November 18th, 2015 @ 4:00am CST
I'm pretty sure someone, somewhere, made that illustrated Blaster face into his/her avatar.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742360)
Posted by cruizerdave on November 18th, 2015 @ 10:08am CST
I don't know about any reissues, but the G1 Perceptor's gun never launched missiles. Unless you got the Japanese version. There's even a part of his instructions that state the missile launcher is only designed to hold missiles, not launch them.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742366)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 18th, 2015 @ 11:41am CST
Hellscream9999 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
carytheone wrote:
Blaster Face.jpg
Go ahead, try and get some sleep tonight. Blaster will be there, watching, waiting, plotting....

As I am getting ready for bed.... :shock: :BOT:


Then you definitely won't want to see that rhinox digibash...

HA! Found it - regretted it immediately:

Image


That mustache gave me nightmare's for days :HEADHURTS:

I am so glad that I did not see that until just now. i would not have slept :BOT:
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742374)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on November 18th, 2015 @ 12:24pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
carytheone wrote:
Blaster Face.jpg
Go ahead, try and get some sleep tonight. Blaster will be there, watching, waiting, plotting....

As I am getting ready for bed.... :shock: :BOT:


Then you definitely won't want to see that rhinox digibash...

HA! Found it - regretted it immediately:

Image


That mustache gave me nightmare's for days :HEADHURTS:

I am so glad that I did not see that until just now. i would not have slept :BOT:


Yeah, truly, the stuff nightmare's are made of :twisted:
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742393)
Posted by william-james88 on November 18th, 2015 @ 1:43pm CST
cruizerdave wrote:I don't know about any reissues, but the G1 Perceptor's gun never launched missiles. Unless you got the Japanese version. There's even a part of his instructions that state the missile launcher is only designed to hold missiles, not launch them.


Thanks to you and Fenrir for the precision, I made an edit in the news post :)

AutobotAlvaron wrote:Thanks for the great pictorial review William-James88. Finally, someone explained and demonstrated Perceptor's new specimen-slide feature. It's interesting as a novelty and I'm glad that it is unobtrusive. We need more G1 re-issues like this set. Well done Hasbro!


Thank you so much, your comment made all the time dedicated to this review well spent. I am very surprised that none of the new functionality was adressed in any other review. These are well established toys, many know how they are, so what I found really important was to see what was new and I was quite impressed with how Hasbro made the extra accessories fit retroactively on the figure. Granted, it isn't a perfect pegged fit since the slides are heavy for Perceptor to carry, but it is a great effort on Hasbro's part. I feel this was a perfect way to rerelease these legendary toys.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742394)
Posted by william-james88 on November 18th, 2015 @ 1:46pm CST
nycPrime wrote: I could be wrong but there doesn't seem to be that much interest in this figure at this price point


Quote from Premium Collectibles:

Well a flurry of activity led to a presold preorder for Trypticon Reissue
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742399)
Posted by nycPrime on November 18th, 2015 @ 2:13pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
nycPrime wrote: I could be wrong but there doesn't seem to be that much interest in this figure at this price point


Quote from Premium Collectibles:

Well a flurry of activity led to a presold preorder for Trypticon Reissue


Thanks for the info. Ultimately I'm still comfortable passing on this at the current price. I'll give it until Cyber Monday to see if Amazon discounts this at all.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742405)
Posted by william-james88 on November 18th, 2015 @ 3:01pm CST
nycPrime wrote:Thanks for the info. Ultimately I'm still comfortable passing on this at the current price. I'll give it until Cyber Monday to see if Amazon discounts this at all.


I truly hope it works out for you. I was waiting till black friday/cyber monday as well and it didnt work for me since amazon pulled it from amazon.ca to provide stock in the states. If I cant get it at a decent price, I hope at least a fellow seibertronian does ;)
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742423)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on November 18th, 2015 @ 5:40pm CST
That stamp on the back of Blaster is distractingly ugly. Especially the CE thing. :roll: Was this even sold in Europe? I seem to recall reissue Ramjet having a similarly obtrusive stamp somewhere.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742424)
Posted by william-james88 on November 18th, 2015 @ 5:41pm CST
Optimum Supreme wrote:That stamp on the back of Blaster is distractingly ugly. Especially the CE thing. :roll: Was this even sold in Europe? I seem to recall reissue Ramjet having a similarly obtrusive stamp somewhere.


Currently available at TRU in UK.
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742440)
Posted by nycPrime on November 18th, 2015 @ 8:18pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
nycPrime wrote:Thanks for the info. Ultimately I'm still comfortable passing on this at the current price. I'll give it until Cyber Monday to see if Amazon discounts this at all.


I truly hope it works out for you. I was waiting till black friday/cyber monday as well and it didnt work for me since amazon pulled it from amazon.ca to provide stock in the states. If I cant get it at a decent price, I hope at least a fellow seibertronian does ;)


Thanks. For what it's worth, Amazon currently has Trypticon at $159.94 (6% off retail).
Re: Review of Differences in Platinum Intel Ops Blaster and Perceptor set and New Slide Feature (1742443)
Posted by william-james88 on November 18th, 2015 @ 9:13pm CST
nycPrime wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
nycPrime wrote:Thanks for the info. Ultimately I'm still comfortable passing on this at the current price. I'll give it until Cyber Monday to see if Amazon discounts this at all.


I truly hope it works out for you. I was waiting till black friday/cyber monday as well and it didnt work for me since amazon pulled it from amazon.ca to provide stock in the states. If I cant get it at a decent price, I hope at least a fellow seibertronian does ;)


Thanks. For what it's worth, Amazon currently has Trypticon at $159.94 (6% off retail).


But I am assuming that isnt down enough right? What is the price you are hoping for?

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