Series: Reveal the Shield
Allegiance: Decepticon Categories: Voyager Year: 2011
None too bright, but fanatically loyal to Megatron, Lugnut lives to see the Decepticons victorious. He literally is a force of nature on the battlefield - gravity generators in his fists spawn point singularities on impact, causing massive explosions with each punch. That, combined with his seemingly endless supply of missiles, makes him a chaotic and deadly opponent - one that most Autobots avoid at all costs.
Robot Mode: Where to begin? Well, letís just say that this robot is, of course, a homage to Animated Lugnut and letís also say that you can tell right off the bat that one of the major problems of the first Lugnut toy has been fixed or at least improved. This new Lugnut here still isnít the giant he was portrayed as in the series (heíd need to be Leader-class at least for that), but heís a good deal taller than the tiny, tiny Animated Lugnut. Seeing as their both Voyager-class figures and are thus of comparable mass, the main reason for that is that this Lugnut here is a lot slimmer, while still retaining the basic body shape of his predecessor.
The main difference between the two Lugnuts is that this version here uses his alternate modeís big turbines as shoulders instead of hands. Very nicely painted turbines, just so you know. Anyway, the actual arms and hands are formed from the bomberís wings, which not only fold together surprisingly well, but they are also remarkably posable. Twisting at the shoulder, bending at the elbow, individual fingers claws, the works. Extremely well done, especially considering that there is also a gimmick included here. Lugnutís arms extend to enable his dreaded POKE (Punch of Kill Everything) attack. Kneeling down, he can hammer his fist into the ground to cause a huge explosion. Superbly designed and executed, no complaints here.
The rest of Lugnut is very posable as well and despite the fact that his legs look a bit pieced-together, they are very stable and easily lend themselves to all sorts of poses. The only kibble on Lugnut is the tail of his bomber mode, which hangs of his back. Now remember in Animated that tail was a detachable weapon, a big mace. Here, too, there is a weapon, but unlike in Animated it is neither detachable nor does it make even a tiny bit of sense. A missile launcher flips out from it and can be positioned to fire over Lugnutís head. The only positive thing about this gimmick is that it doesnít hinder Lugnut in any way.
Finally, some words on the head and torso: Very nicely done. Lugnutís head can turn, he can open his mouth, and the detail work on his chest is amazing, too. So all in all except for a supremely useless gimmick that doesnít really hurt the figure, we have an amazing robot mode here. Two thumbs up.
Vehicle Mode: Lugnut once again transforms into a large bomber plane, though this time itís a more realistic-looking present-day bomber (though not an actual existing model, I believe) rather than the more futuristic version Animated Lugnut transformed into. The bomber is pretty big with an enormous wingspan (he just about fits into my smaller light studio, which is 40 centimeters across). The robot parts are mostly hidden quite well. His finger claws are visible on the wings, but if you donít know that they are his fingers, you probably wouldnít notice them as anything other than strange protrusions.
Just like many recent figures with military alternate modes, Lugnut has a series of letters and numbers on both his wings and his rear fin. Unlike other figures, though, there isnít much effort required to decode it: LU6 NU7. I donít really need to spell it out for anyone, do I? Itís a nice little detail, though. Lugnut also has a shark tooth deco on his cockpit, similar to the deco used on Animated Atomic Lugnut. Overall the paint job and detailing on this bomber is very nicely done, no complaints.
Just two little things that bother me here: One, the belly of the plane, which becomes Lugnutís legs in robot mode, is a little broader than the top of the plane, making for a bit of a gap when looking at it from the back. Also, the bomber doesnít have a proper landing gear, just little wheels that are part of the underbelly and canít retract. The plane stands just fine on those wheels, but I would have preferred a retracting landing gear. Otherwise, though: No complaints. A very good vehicle mode.
Remarks: Lugnut, the Decepticon strongman and most loyal follower of Megatron, was one of just a handful of Transformers in the Animated series not based on any previous characters (along with Bulkhead, Sentinel Prime, and Lockdown). So itís not surprising that, when it came to choosing an Animated character to pay homage to in the Reveal the Shield subline, Lugnut was chosen (seeing as we already have a Lockdown homage and will soon have a Bulkhead in Transformers: Prime). Interestingly enough this character does appear in the comic book that was included with the Reveal the Shield Battle in Space set (Rodimus & Cyclonus), retroactively making him part of the Decepticon attack force that blitzed Autobot City during the 1986 Transformers Movie. So I guess this here is actually G1 Lugnut.
No matter where exactly heís supposed to fit continuity-wise, this toy here is the definite Lugnut figure, no doubt about it. It superbly translates the Animated toy into the more realistic-looking CHUG-style (Classics, Henkei, Universe, Generations) while still leaving the basic look of the character fully intact. The missile launching gimmick is useless, but doesnít hurt him, either, so his only real flaw is that he might have been better still if the space of the gimmick had been used for something else. Still, a fully recommended figure and a definite must-have for every Lugnut-fan.
PS: And if youíd rather have him in the same purple paint job he had in Animated, go and take a look at the Transformers United version of this figure, pictured at the bottom of the page.
And for a second opinion, the video review by Caked-Up: