Friday, January 30, 2015

Good Sets for Parts 9 Part 2

Here's the promised second half.

31032  Red Creatures.  221 pieces for $14.99.  Plenty of Clips, Hinges, Mixel Joints, and red pieces.

31033 Vehicle Transporter.  264 pieces for $24.99.  Plenty of SNOT, good color selection, and the set design might be good as terrain for 7P scale.

31030 Red Go-Kart.  106 pieces for $9.99.  Some SNOT, Technic, and interesting colors, along with a new piece.

31029 Cargo Heli.  132 pieces for $9.99.  Some SNOT, along with a good selection of Red and Yellow pieces.

41091 Mia's Roadster.  187 pieces for $14.99.  Some SNOT, a couple Taps, a good selection of Magenta, Medium Blue, White, and Trans-color pieces.  It's also $0.08 per piece, which is phenomenal for a Friends set.

70220 Strainor's Saber Cycle.  $161 pieces for $14.99.  Plenty of SNOT and Tecnic parts, muted color palette though.

60083 Snowplow Truck.  196 pieces for $19.99.  Some SNOT, Technic, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, and a bunch of 1x1 Round Tiles.

42035 Mining Truck.  362 pieces for $29.99.  Plenty of Yellow Technic pieces here.

42031 Cherry Picker.  155 pieces for $12.99.  Ditto.

42032 Compact Tracked Loader.  252 pieces for $19.99.  What can I say, I really like Technic sets.  Especially ones that are affordable.

Part 1, in case you missed it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Good Sets for Parts 9, Part 1

Since we're three weeks into the new year -- and I finally got my new catalog -- let's take a look at some of the sets that might be good for MFZ.

75076 Star Wars Microfighters Republic Gunship.  105 Pieces for $9.99.  Should make a good IO Frigate.

75077 Star Wars Microfighter Homing Spider Droid.  102 Pieces for $9.99.  Looks like it could be an Ijad frame.

75086 Star Wars Battle Droid Troop Carrier.  565 Pieces for $39.99.    14 Droid bodies and a bunch of SNOT pieces.

75078 Star Wars Imperial Troop Transport.  141 Pieces for $12.99.  The minifigs are useless but the main build should be possible to tighten up the main build into an IO Frigate.

75090 Star Wars Ezra's Speeder Bike.  253 Pieces for $19.99.  A fair amount of SNOT, a new piece, and a decent selection of colors.

70817 Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack.  115 Pieces for $9.99.  Plenty of SNOT, plus back versions of these.

21301 Birds.  580 Pieces for $44.99.  A lot of plates, but also a lot of SNOT, a large selection of colors, and 13 different Medium Blue pieces.

70223 Icebite's Claw Driller.  629 Pieces for $49.99.  A wide selection of SNOT, Technic, and colors along with several new pieces.

70228 Vultrix's Sky Scavenger.  480 Pieces for $39.99.  Ditto.

31031 Rainforest Animals.  215 Pieces for $14.99.  A fair amount of SNOT, Hinges, Clip Plates, and colors.  Plus it's $0.07 per piece.

I've got more sets on my list, so I'll drop Part 2 later this week.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sales Alert

Another 20% off coupon on Clearance merchandise from TRU.  Just a guess, but I think they're going to keep these up until the end of the Clearance Blast.  This one expires 1/31.  Here's a link to all the Clearance Building sets at Toys'R'Us.

Here are the Sales/Clearance sets for the week at Target.

Here's Walmart's online Clearance/Rollback selection.

Maybe I should make this a weekly Tuesday post.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Non-Human 16

Five more mecha for your morning -- or whenever you happen to be viewing this -- enjoyment.

Cockroach by Max.  Fantastic use
of the windscreen in this one.







BOOTS by cmaddison.  This looks a little large
overall, but it's just too fun to not include.



LX-04 Anti Infantry Crawler by Rancorbait.  Render.
There are some interesting techniques being used here.





uses parts from two polybags, nice design.






Ma.K Buttcheeks by Karf Oohlu.  Don't let the irreverent
name fool you, this is a neat design.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: 41515 Mixel Kraw

Here's the last Orange Mixel of Series 2 and the last overall of the series.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.07 Price per Piece.







Instructions.




Parts.  Hinge Plates, 1x2 Plates w/Bar (closed ends), 1x1 Rounds, 1x1 Squares, Studless slopes, two types of bracket, Lampholders, Clip Tiles, Bar Holders w/Clip, and a few other bits.




Build.  Insectaur frame.  I think this is my favorite build from among all the ones I've created from the Series 2 Mixels.




I also managed small Station from some of the remaining parts.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5)  
(The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Plenty of Click Hinges and Plates 1x2 w/Bar (closed ends) make this set a good starting point.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: 41509 Mixel Slumbo

The last of the Blue Mixels of Series 2.

Bag.  $4.99 MSRP gets us a Price per Piece of $0.08.




Instructions.






Parts.  Plenty of Cheese Slopes, a couple of 1x4 Hinge Plates, a few Bar Claws, some Mixel Joints, two new Headlight Bricks, a handful of Clip Plate, Horizontal, some plates, some slopes, some brackets, a couple of those funky Alien Galaxy Squad pistols, and a few other parts.





Build.  Beetle Walker.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?
Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5)  
(The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Not really.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  A few less Cheese Slopes and a few more Mixel Joints and this would be a really fun set.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015