Friday, August 26, 2016

Purity: Kre-O Transformers Micro-Changers Blind Bags

So I saw these at my local Walgreens the other day and thinking they were backstock I decided to grab a few on a whim.  It turns out they have made some changes and these are new releases.  Since the normal review system didn't work too well for these the last time around I'm going to try my non-Building Block review system on these.



Bag 1.  I paid $2.99 for this at Walgreens.



Bag 2.  The same.








Instructions 1.


Instructions 2.







Parts 1.  Something you can't see in this picture is that the posts on the torso and waist are now hollow and there is a bar inside the torso that slots into the hollow waist post.


Parts 2.  Something you can see is the new base for the Kreons to stand on instead of the old 2x4 Brick.



Assembled 1.  I'd say 2Rh+d8 (chainsaws) 2Rd (chest gun) 1B (helmet) 2W.





Assembled 2.  Let's call this one 2Rd (gun) 1B (helmet) 2G (backpack & wheels) 2W.

The Questions 1 (Warpath):
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame? Below. (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game? Yes. It's about the same size as a Classic. (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems? Four. (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage? Yes. (+5)
Score: +20 (A+). A better score than if it had been reviewed as a set.

The Questions 2 (Vehicon):
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame? Below. (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game? Yes. It's about the same size as a Classic. (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems? Four. (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage? Yes. (+5)
Score: +20 (A+). Again, the max score.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: 60113 Rally Car

A quick review for the middle of the week.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifig.

Stickers.










Parts 1.  The printed 1x1 Round Tiles in the middle left of the picture are interesting.  As are the 1L Pin Connectors in the lower middle.

Parts 2.  Nothing too exciting here.  Lots of Plates, Slopes, Rims, and Tires.  The Offset 1x4 Modified Plate is always fun.


Build.  A simple IO Frigate.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At.  (0)  
(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: +15 (A).  A decent score but it doesn't really have the right kinds of useful parts for MFZ.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sales Alert

Since we are heading into the "Back to School season"  BJ's has a few Lego sets in stock again.

They have three sets at $16.99, 60115 4x4 Off Roader, 60116 Ambulance Plane, and 60118 Garbage Truck.  That's a Price per Piece of $0.10, $0.09, and $0.07 respectively.

They also have 76047 Black Panther Pursuit, and 76034 Batboat Harbor Pursuit for $25.99.  That's a $0.09 Price per Piece and a $0.10 Price per Piece respectively.

As always, YMMV and Good Hunting!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Non-Human 25

It was a busy weekend for me, so here's some nice pictures.

Spider-Bot by Aaron Andrews.  There are
some really neat techniques in this build.









UGV Deployed by Magnus-L.  This is an interesting
design.  I just wish he had a better picture of it.



Jiangshi Qx-9 Yaoguai by .Tromas.  Wow.  Just, wow.  No downloading though.



Hukamanu by th3ch0s3n0n3.  Very cute.  I'm not
sure how it would stand up to game use though.








might be a little large, but I like the alien look of this.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Review Reset 2

Since I have some older reviews of non-building block kits that were done before I came up with a system to rate them I'm taking a moment to go back and "re-review" them.


The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  At.  (0)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's roughly the size of a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Three.  (0)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: 0 (B).  A few removable pieces to represent White dice damage and this would have been a really good set.


Gundam Converge Turn X
The Questions:

Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's roughly the size of a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A Gundam Converge set finally scores the max!

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's roughly the size of a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Another max score!  I think this is my favorite Gundam Converge set so far.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's roughly the size of a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Another max score!


The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  No.  It's way bigger than minifig scale.  (-5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: -5 (B-).  The lowest score of the new system so far.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Purity: Ban Bao 5116 Turbo Power Review

I've seen an increasing number of sets from this company in third wave retail stores.  I figured I'd do a review of a small one and see how they are.

Box.  I paid $3.99 for this at a local game, toy, and puzzle store.  Which is a $0.07 Price per Piece.



Instructions.  Which has a different set number than the box.






Parts.  So the Plates in this set are roughly 1mm thicker than normal Lego Plates.  Other than that we have a decent selection.  Those White round pieces in the lower right are Rims for the tires.  There's also an extra base for the Antenna piece.  A couple of Clip Tiles, Grille Tiles, and a 2x2 Studless Slope round out my favorite pieces from this set.





Build.  An IO Frigate, which is kinda
the new normal with vehicular sets.


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+).  Top score right out of the gate.