After countless weeks of continuous searching at my local ToysRUs, Target, and Wal-Marts, I finally found my Reveal the Shield Lugnut at TJ Maxx. Not that I mind, since he was considerably cheaper than first-run retail. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long to get this fantastic figure.
My first exposure to Lugnut was in the Transformers Animated Series toyline. I hadn’t seen the episode yet, but this behemoth of a figure really stood out to me in the toy aisle. I was incredibly tempted to pick him up at the time, but I hadn’t really started buying Transformers again. So for once I put my impulse urges to the side and went on my way. All those urges came back in full when I saw that they were making a brand new Lugnut figure in the Reveal the Shield line.
Something I really love about this figure is how he looks like an updated version of a G1 toy without any of the Bayformer influences that tend to pop up these days. I actually really like some Bayformer designs, like Lockdown. But when it comes to a character like Lugnut, I definitely don’t want to see any of those spindly design elements.
Lugnut’s robot form is pure bulk. He’s not the tallest Voyager Class figure, but his beefed up chest and arms are so enormous and heavy looking that you get the feeling he’s definitely the bouncer at Club Decepticon. He’s got this extremely simple yet effective cyclopean head, which reminds me a bit of an EVA design from Evangelion in the mouth area. Plus there’s some super light-piping going on, which illuminates his main eye, those side dots on his head, and even his mouth. That translucent red piping also extends to his canopy in plane mode.
Even in vehicle mode Lugnut takes up a huge amount of space with his long body and massive wingspan. I’m one of those Transformers collectors who focus more on a character’s robot mode, but I’m definitely a sucker for historical vehicle modes. Instead of basing him off of a modern military transport plane, Lugnut’s vehicle design was loosely based on a B-17 Flying Fortress. This was a fantastic choice by the developers. It only makes me sad that there aren’t more WW1 and WW2 buddies for him to hang out with on my shelf.
For such a bulky figure, Lugnut has some really extensive articulation. His head is on a ball joint, with a hinged mouth. His shoulder engines are clicking swivels that attach to the arm with a swivel/hinge joint. This allows him to move his arms up/down, forward/backward, and rotate. His elbows and thumb are hinges, while his gigantic fingers are double hinged. He’s got a swivel waist and thighs. His knees are double hinged. Lastly, his feet are a ball joint attached to the leg with a hinge, and his toes are also on hinges. In vehicle mode, Lugnut also has two guns mounted on the sides of his cockpit which also swivel. Continue to page 2…