Universe Lugnut Pictorial Review!

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  1. Peaugh

    Peaugh Hi.

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    Video review will be coming later tonight, but here are some pics/thoughts to tide you over on Universe Lugnut. Right off the bat, while the colors on this one aren't bad, I'm definitely going to nab one of the Takara version as well. Anyway, on to the figure!

    Lugnut is another WWII-esque bomber, with elements from various planes as well as some creative license. The front cockpit and rear gunner station are very bomber-ish, but the upper cockpit and fuselage remind me more of a cargo type plane, like a C-5 or C-130. The wings are quite long.

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    As we've seen, he's got LU-6 NU-7 on his wings:

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    He's a little bigger and a little beefier in jet mode than his Animated counterpart:

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    Also, I'm wondering if the rear gun is intended to be used as an attack mode in plane form, instead of wielded in robot mode, for reasons we'll get to later. Aside from lowering down the back like a boom cannon of sorts, it can also rotate up and around to fire overhead:

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    On to transformation! The legs come down from under the plane and with a few twists and turns form some fairly solid legs/feet:

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    And yes, before I get asked several times, you can indeed give him a gerwalk mode:

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    The arm transformation is actually really quite neat. Just take the wing:

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    Rotate it:

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    Flip up the spoiler and wingtip:

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    Angle the whole arm downward and lift up his main fingers:

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    Then rotate his upper hand/main fingers downwards to form the hand. He has hinge joints at both the elbow and shoulder:

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    The engines themselves don't rotate, but there is a hinge right where the arm attaches to the engine that lets the whole arm swing forward.

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    Then fold down the tail and rotate the rear of the plane, and flip up the upper cockpit:

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    Fold the rear tail section down and push it into the back, which accomplishes the same thing as on the Animated figure - splitting the chest and popping up the head:

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    Then just position the bits to your liking, and you've got Lugnut!

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    Also, he's got an opening/closing jaw this time!

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    Now some specific points. We've seen a lot of pics that make Lugnut look a little too lanky/spindly, and a lot of that is mistransformation of the legs. The knees joints actually collapse forward into the leg like so:

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    It may not seem like much, but it can make a difference.

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    Also, here's what I was mentioning earlier. While the cannon can rotate to not be hanging through his crotch, this is about as close as you're going to get to deploying it in robot mode.

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    Although I did find a way in which you can kind of undersling it to either side of his waist (you can also see it in the robot mode comparison up above) which is my preferred way of doing it:

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    Also, for the POKE fans, both arms have a little tab at the elbow, which allows the fist to spring forward for Punch-Of-Kill-Everything action!

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    Overall, a few minor issues. I agree that his head needs that hunchback effect to really work and I would have liked to have seen the missile launcher integrated into the whole a little better, but he's a neat updated version of the Animated character. Your only choice should be which color scheme to get.

    Summing up:

    PROS:
    - Definitely Lugnut
    - TWO FISTED POKE ACTION!
    - Opening Jaw
    - Nice looking and BIG plane mode
    - Arm articulation is great considering the limits from transformation

    CONS:
    - Hasbro color scheme is a little drab and light on the purple/teal, mostly olive green.
    - Head doesn't look quite right by itself, could use the hunch - SEE BELOW!
    - Missile launcher placement is awkward and underwhelming
    - Still a little on the short side

    Video review is up!



    UPDATE!! UPDATE!! LUGNUT HAS HIS HUNCH!!!

    Turns out the entire engine/shoulder assembly lifts up and slides up behind his head!!!


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    Also, Could this be a use for the gun?

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    Here are some before and after shots of the shoulders from the front and side:

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    And here is just a dump of all the request pics from the thread itself:

    For the guy who made that Animated Scorponok from Lugnut (Big Hank?)

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    With some other 'Cons:

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    Rarrrrgh!

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    Must learn balance, Lugnut-San!

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    Bizarro World?

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    With Highbrow:

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    Just...yeah.

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    LUGNUT CAN HAS HUG?!

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  2. Sage o' G-fruit

    Sage o' G-fruit Critics gonna critique

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    GLORIOUS review, Peaugh. I think you've sold me on this guy.
     
  3. mx-01 archon

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    Want very, very badly.

    I like the Hasbro version more. Looks more Lugnut-y, even with the green and purple concentrations essentially swapped compared to his Animated counterpart. The Takara version looks nice, but it's just a run-of-the-mill black/purple/red Decepticon scheme, and the lack of the teal distorts the toy's resemblance to his predecessor.
     
  4. Wollstone

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    Green Lugnut looks better than the purple.
     
  5. T16skyhopp

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  6. megatroptimus

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    Looks very fun to transform.
     
  7. Rewind

    Rewind Be Kind TFW2005 Supporter

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    Great review, and cranked up my desire for this from WANT to WANT NAO!!
     
  8. Razorclaw

    Razorclaw Are ya gonna draw pistols

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    I was on a fence of canceling my preorder for Lugnut. After this Lugnut definitely stays.

    EDIT:

    Peaugh, when Lugnut's knees are positioned the way you showed, how's the knee articulation in that case? Judging from the pics, he wouldn't be able to bend his knees.
     
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    Huh. Are you sure the missile launcher or tail section isn't removable? There's something we have to be missing here.
     
  10. Peaugh

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    Nope, they bend just fine. Just because the hinge is collapsed, it's still a hinge. I'll show off how that works in the video.

    I'm inclined to agree, but I haven't found it yet. Nothing about the gun detaches, it's pinned into that tail section, and I don't see a way to remove that without breaking something.
     
  11. Sso02V

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    Oh sweet, I was right about his mouth opening.

    Which is good, 'cause a good Lugnut never shuts the hell up.
     
  12. Rotorstorm

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    I would much prefer a purple lugnut with teal rather than green with bits of purple and teal. I guess that's what dye is for
     
  13. Ra88

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    Hrmn. Maybe a dropped feature then, and half implemented? Wouldn't be the first time.
     
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    Liking the mold, but waiting for the united version.
     
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    I'm digging that his knuckles wind up as exhaust ports on his wings.

    Do his cockpit halves have the same locking problem that his Animated version suffered from?
     
  16. Peaugh

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    For the guy who made that Animated Scorponok from Lugnut...

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  17. Peaugh

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    Nope, they lock just fine.
     
  18. Rogzilla

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    That's disappointing about the gun. I figured it would have been something like a large portion of the tail section popped out and became a large gun for him to hold.

    The cannon on the side isn't too bad though. It's a bit like Leader Brawl from movie 1.
     
  19. SPLIT LIP

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    The launcher makes me think of one of those refeuling planes.

    Deffinately a sweet toy.
     
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    Awesome review, Peaugh. Very thorough and detailed, probably one of your best picture reviews in a while.

    Two requests: Could you photograph him in a pose that shows off the articulation, and could we get a photo of him next to some Generations/Classics Decepticons for size comparison? Thanks!
     

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