Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: 41523 Mixels Hoogi

Here's the first review for the Series 3 Tan Mixels.

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




Instructions.








Parts.Plenty of Tan and Dark Tan here.  Cheese Slopes, Mixel joints, Mod. Plate w/Bar (angled), Bar Holder w/Clip, and some Slopes -- regular and inverted -- plates, 2x2 Jumper plates, a couple of new Headlight bricks, and some Clip Bricks.  Looks like a good selection.









Build.  This was almost cheating.  Seriously.  I
banged this out in about five minutes during my
lunch the other day.   It even has its own station.
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+).  Another top scoring Mixels set.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

An Interesting Kickstarter?

Atomic Bricks on Flickr has started a Kickstarter to raise money towards creating a mold for these designs so they can be made in ABS plastic.  Now I'm generally not a fan of using minifig-scale weapons for MFZ but, I'm always a sucker for minifig shields and some of those weapons look pretty good.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Random Mechs 12

Here's a some mecha to get you over the mid-week hump.

Micro Loader by Bangoo H.  Replace the minifig parts
with a head and this could make an interesting frame.









LT-VMI Gunner by Arcandio.  Simple, straightforward,
nice.  I think a squad of these guys would be pretty affordable.
He even has a set of weapons to go along with it.


01-GD Charger 1 by Gobboleone.  This looks
like a riff on other designs we've seen.













Hammerhead Worker Mech by Gogglez.  An interesting
variation on Ironsniper's Hammerhead mech.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A New Blog

We have another entry to the MFZ Blogosphere.  Cheap MFZ is a blog dedicated to Single Set Challenges and cheap Lego.  That's a pretty nice combination.  Please join me in welcoming him to the community.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: 41525 Mixels Magnifo

Let's continue Series 3 with one of the purple sets.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.08 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Parts.  Lots of Purple pieces.  Some Mixel joints, Claw Bars, Lightsaber
Bars, Tooth plates, Cheese Slopes, Brackets, the 1x2 Inverted Slopes
are nice as are the Mod. Plates w/Bar.  Oh, let's not forget the Clip Plates
and Brackets either.



Build.  I'm going to swing back to the kaiju stylings from creations from the last set of Mixel reviews for this build.  Stats: 2Rh+d8/1B/2W.

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+).  Another top scoring Mixels set.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: 41518 Mixels Glomp

I'm starting my run on the Series 3 Mixels.  Yes, I know these are late.

Bag.  MSRP was $4.99 which gives us a Price per Piece of $0.08




Instructions.








Parts.Mixel joints, Lampholders, Half Bows, Cheese Slopes, Clip Plates (Horiz.), Tooth Tiles, Bar Plates (closed ends) -- 1x2 and 2x1 -- and a 1x2-1x2 bracket are just some of the useful parts I see.




Build.  This is basically a variation on 
the set itself.  This one just looks a little 
more imposing to me.  Stats: 2Rh+d8 
(grabber arms) 2Y (sensor fangs) 2W.


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+).  Another top scoring Mixels set.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: 70232 Saber-Tooth Tiger Tribe Pack

Part of the last wave of Chima sets, this is an army builder pack.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a Price per Piece of $0.14.  Ouch.


Instructions.










Minifigs.  Enh.

Parts 1.  Cheese Slopes, Clip Plates (vert.), Lightsaber handles, 1x2 Technic Bricks, a Teeth Plate, 1x1 Round Plates, 1x1 and 2x2 Round Tiles, Minifig Claws, and a shooting Minifig Gun are just some of the fun parts here.


Parts 2.  Other people have done some interesting things with the banners from these sets.  The Skis are interesting too.

Build.  Nothing.  Whatever I tried came out looking like a pile of parts.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  
(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: -5 (B-).  Yeah, get these on sale or Clearance if you can.