Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: Gundam Converge RX-78-02 Gundam

I wasn't planning on doing another Converge review for a while, but when I saw this set I had to finish out this release.

Box.  I paid $10.99 for this at Newbury Comics.



Parts.









Disassembled.  I can see Direct Fire for the rifle, Artillery for the back mortar, Spotting for the head/antenna, and Defense for the shield.


Assembled.








Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+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: +10 (A-).  A better price and this would get a better score.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review: 40228 Geoffrey &Friends

This set seems to be regarded as a little weird in the Lego community.  It's an exclusive set to TRU.

Box.  I paid $9.99 for this at Toys'R'Us.  That's a $0.08 Price per Piece.




Instructions.








Stickers.  These look fun.

Minifigs.









Parts 1.  Plenty of parts in what Bricklink calls Bright Light Orange.  A good amount of Ball Joints, several 1x2 Bricks W/2 Studs on 1 Side, plenty of Plates, Slopes, and Tiles.





Parts 2. Clip Plates, Bar Plates, Ball Joints, Slopes, Plates, Cones, and New Headlight Bricks.




Build.  A quick, 5 minute, chicken walker.  2Rd+d8/1Y/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+).  That's kind of surprising for a licensed, TRU exclusive set.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Terrain & Scenery 9

Something quick for a busy week.


The Forest Path by P.B.  Cotton Candy color trees, very sci-fi.








Underwater Scenery by Master Data.  I don't feature underwater
builds very often.  Maybe I should start looking for more.





"Micropolized" Lego City Vehicles by Galatek.  Very neat.







Future Truckin' by Rodney Bistline.  These use some neat
techniques to make some futuristic looking big rigs.




Bateria de Misiles by fotero.  These could make nice Stations.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Gundam Converge Schwalbe Graze

One of the fun things about the Converge line is that occasionally there are re-issues of older models with a pallette swap.  In this case these are similar Mobile Suits from the same anime piloted by two different people in the same faction.  This will allow you to field two copies of the same model without having to paint either one!



Box.  I paid $10.99 each for these at Newbury Comics.




Parts 1.



Disassembled 1.  I'm thinking Spotting for the helmet, Movement or Spotting for the verniers, Melee for the left arm, Melee or Direct Fire for the Right arm, and Defense for the leg shields.  The parts in the bag are extras for Gundam Barbatos.



Assembled 1.


Parts 2.


Disassembled 2.  I'm thinking Spotting for the helmet, Movement or Spotting for the verniers, Melee for the left arm, Direct Fire for the  Right arm, and Defense for the leg shields. The parts in the bag are extras for Gundam Barbatos.

Assembled 2.


Size Comparison.

The Questions (Gaelio):
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+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: +10 (A-).  

The Questions (McGillis):
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+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: +10 (A-).  I think these are both better deals than the score reveals.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: Gundam Converge RX-110 Gabthley

Another review from my recent Gundam Converge buying spree.



Box.  I paid $9.99 for this at Newbury Comics.




Parts.






Disassembled.  I'm seeing the rifle as Artillery, the head could be Spotting or Defense, the backpack -- teardrop shaped item on the upper right side -- could be either Defense, Movement, or Spotting.  The antenna attached to the shoulders would probably be Spotting.


Assembled.  Looks pretty badass.








Size Comparison.


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 in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+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: +15 (A).  There was some mold flash on the backpack mounting post and the antenna were difficult to get into their holes, so the score fits.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review: Gundam Converge AMS-118 Geara Doga

I found out recently that there were more places carrying Gundam Converge sets than I thought.


Box.  I paid $9.99 for this at Newbury Comics.



Parts.



Disassembled.  It has three different helmets.


Accessories.  I see Single Shot Rockets, and that tiny, green post attaches to one of the helmets -- which could function as a Spotting attachment.  Then you have the rifle, shield, and armor panel for Direct Fire and 2x Defensive attachments.





Size Comparison.




Assembled.  It's a bit front heavy so you may need the base in play.  The attachments on the SSRs are a little touchy so you'll have to keep track of them too.

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 in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+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: +15 (A).  I think the score fits.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: 30448 Spider-Man vs. the Venom Symbiote Polybag

I could have sworn that we've been talking about this set for a while, but there seems to be no chatter that I can find.

Bag. MSRP is $3.99 from Toys'R'Us which is a $0.08 Price per Piece.



Instructions.









Minifig.  Useless as usual.


Parts.  Octagonal Bar Plate!  Plenty of Brackets, a couple of Hinge Bricks, some Ball Joints, Robot Arms, several Bony Legs, some Plates, and Jumper Plates, some Hinge pieces, a Tooth Plate, Fluted Brick, Round Brick, Axle, and several Minifig Heads.





Build.  I saw this build the minute I laid out the 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+).  Looks like an Ijad frame in a bag.