Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: 30364 Popcorn Cart Polybag

Continuing on with the polybags, I bought this at Walmart early this week.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Minifig.  That printed 1x1 Brick is neat.


Parts.  Plates, Axle Plates, Panels, Window Frames, Wheels, Ice Cream, Technic Pins, Tiles, Slopes, Technic Bricks, Corner Bricks, and a Bar Plate.





Build.  Station and a 1 Hit piece of Cover.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  Some useful parts but not many.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review: 30572 Race Car Polybag

Continuing on with the polybags, I bought this at Walmart last week.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts.  Plates, Axle Plates, Brackets, Rims, Tires, Slopes, Tiles, Mudguard Plates, Jumpers, Clip Plates, Round Plates, Nipples, Mod. Plates 2x2x2/3 w/2 Studs on Side, Mod. Plates 1x4 w/2 Studs, a Bar Plate, and a Grille Tile.  This is the first set I've reviewed with the Angled Studless Slopes.



Build.  I'm addicted to Ram Carts.

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+).  Good set, but the parts quantities are weird.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: 30528 Mini Master-Building MetalBeard Polybag

Continuing on with the polybag and Lego Movie 2 theme from last week, I bought this at Walmart two weekends ago.

Bag.  I paid $3.97, for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.












Parts.  Exo-Force Arms, Technic Plates, Axle Plates, Rims, Minifig Swords, Flame Pieces, Bar Clips, Small Barbs, Plates, Ball Joints, Slopes, Bracket, Flag, Antenna, Padlock, Minifig Telescope, Minifig Head, Minifig Hat, Dish, Octagonal Bar Plate, Cyberbeard Plate, Clip Plate, and 1x4 Mod. Plate w/Angled Tubes.





Build.  Frame (2Rh+d8/1Y ) with
alternate (2Ra) Attachment.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  A Frame-in-a-Bag, but needs to be cheaper or have more parts for a better score.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: 30340 Emmet's "Piece" Offering Polybag

Continuing on with the polybag and Lego Movie 2 theme, I bought this at Target last weekend.  It can be found in the Seasonal section.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.












Minifig.

Parts.  Plates, Bricks, Slopes, and Curved
1x2x1.3 Bricks.  Lookit all that Magenta!









Build.  Three 2 Hit pieces of Cover.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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?  No.  (-5)
Score: 0 (B).  Good if you need some funky cover fast.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Review: 30527 Lucy vs. Alien Invader Polybag

Continuing on with the polybag theme, I bought this at Walmart last weekend.

Bag.  I paid $3.97, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Minifig.


Parts.  Plates, Bricks, Mod. Bricks, Large Jumpers, Tiles, Plates w/Pin Holes, Technic Pins, Trans-Clear Boat Bumper, and a Printed Round Tile.






Build.  Two 2 Hit pieces of Cover.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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?  No.  (-5)
Score: 0 (B).  Good if you need some funky cover fast.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Polly Want A Baggy 7

Wow, seven years of this?  Time flies when you're searching for that one specific piece in the pile of Lego that is life.  :-)  As usual, the information comes from Brickset.

30361 Fire ATV another ATV for the City fire department.  That looks to be a new Minifig Axe pice though.

30362 Sky Police Jetpack looks like it could be the core of some sort of drone.

30408 Tulips this has to be close to 60 pieces.

30409 Emma's Bumpercars I like the Blue and Purple pieces.

30527 Lucy vs. Alien Invader could be good for terrain?

30528 Mini Master-Building MetalBeard this one has already gotten traction on the Facebook page.

30529 Mini Master-Building Emmet looks like it has possibilities.

30533 Sam-X looks to be a Frame-in-a-Bag.

30535 Fire Flight another Ninjago throwback set.  Looks like it might be better than the original.

30571 Pelican not sure what to think of this.

30620 Star-Stuck Emmet Sand Green Pentagonal Tiles!

40341 Sea Accessories looks like it has some useful stuff but the Price per Piece is going to be awful.

Last year's crop of polybags started out weak but finished pretty strong, so maybe this year will turn out the same way.