When Hasbro licensed and imported both the vehicle-based Diaclone toys along with Micro Change in 1984, they combined both series into The Transformers, and paid no attention to the scale of said toys.
MC-20 Microscope, here, is an homage to Perceptor’s Micro Change toy. Takara has also released a black Perceptor toy under the name Magnificus, and THAT character is an evil Decepticon. Unlike Perceptor, who is usually depicted as a heroic Autobot.
MC-20 Microscope was released as part of Super7’s 2020 Black Friday sale, along with the black repaints we’ve already looked at of Soundwave into Soundblaster, Megatron into MC Gun Robo P-38, and Jazz as Stepper.
Truly, MC-20 Microscope is a toy that’s more than meets the eye.
Perceptor, Transformers, Micro Change, Diaclone, and all related characters and concepts are co-owned by Hasbro and Takara.