Here's a review of the Decepticon Thug: Lugnut from Transformers United. Check out other reviews like this on my blog. I got a load of Transformers United figures, and Lugnut is up first on the chopping block. For those of you not in the know, this is a "Classics-ized" rendition of a character created for Transformers Animated. According to TakaraTomy, Lugnut is a Decepticon Thug... I don't think that's how I'd really describe Megatron's most loyal grunt. Lugnut Alt Mode: Lugnut's alt mode is a stylized version of a bomber plane, and it looks pretty nice. The sculpting is rather solid, and it sports a really wide wingspan. It's actually pretty big in this mode, and I don't know where to store it. The United Lugnut doesn't have as many tampoed markings that the Reveal the Shield version does. It's also a rather deep forest green. I can't say that I prefer it over the RtS version, because I wanted it to be purple. Not only that, but there are parts just don't seem to look good all around. The painted green parts has a glossy sheen that doesn't quite match the look of the parts that were molded in the same green. There are just different shades of green all over this bot. The toy looks pretty cheap because of this inconsistency. The cockpit area of the plane doesn't fit together very well in this mode. What makes matters worse, is the color paint used for the mouth is also mismatched on the separate sections. I will say though, that the wing transformation is pretty clever. Robot Mode: To start off, I'd like to say that I love the design layout of these United figures. I really like the purple used on the figure, but I wonder why the head is the only metallic piece. I also didn't realize that the Animated model has a teal colored face. Had I remembered, maybe I wouldn't have gotten this. I don't really like that Lugnut has such a thin waist, and that his thighs have as many movable items involved. Considering how top-heavy the figure is, it isn't very easy to hold in standing position. The arm punch gimmick is also on a really sensitive hairpin trigger. This shoots out very easily, and will set off a lot of the times you don't want it to. The shoulder area doesn't peg into place, and just floats around. I don't like this aspect either, especially since the arms aren't able to bend backwards. One thing I forgot to mention, is that the mouth doesn't open very well. Since the head doesn't sit on a raised ball-joint, the neck area's design prevents the jaw from opening at all angles. The other gimmick, the missile launcher, is pretty pointless. The hanging tail-fin is raised to expose the missile launcher. This just makes me think of Beast Wars 10th Anniversary Megatron... stupid. Overall: The overall impression that I have of the United line isn't very favorable. It's quite the opposite of what my impression was of the Henkei line; when that was new. Lugnut is my first figure from the line, and it's really hit or miss. As much as I rag on the mold, it's not that bad. I wish he were a bit bulkier, but I understand that it doesn't have to be the same character as the Animated one. But the color deco is the overall deciding factor here. I usually own both versions, if there is a significant difference, and there clearly is a difference with the two here... but who wins this battle? I don't have the Hasbro one on hand, but from what I can see... that one definitely is. The green is out of left field, and the color scheme isn't accurate to the character. The Hasbro one, though it isn't purple, harkens back to a repaint of the original Animated toy. So if you had to choose between the two... unless you really need your Lugnut to have a metallic purple head, the cheaper Reveal the Shield alternative is the better bet.