Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Purity: 3745 Battleship Idea Builders Set

The Mega Bloks site doesn't seem to have a listing for this line.  Well, it does have an Idea Builders line but it only has two sets and both of them are bigger than polybags.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.08.







Instructions.



Pieces.  We've got a couple of SNOT pieces here, a bunch of slopes including a 1x3 Double Inverted Slope and one 1x1 curved slope brick.  A few Bar Claws, one 1x1 Round Plate w/Bar, a T piece, a tiny antenna, a Modified Tile w/Bar, and a 1x2 Modified Slope all make for some interesting greebling.  Not to mention the majority of parts are in either Battleship Grey or Silver.  There is a 1x8 Plate missing from this picture though.  I discovered it while writing this review.







Creation.  Another Frigate for MFZ:IO.  Lets go with 2Ra/2Rs/1Y/1G/2W for stats.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO is an easy creation.  (+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: A- (+10).  These sets look to be a lot of fun.  No minifigs and some interesting pieces make these a great bargain.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Purity: 97170 Mega Bloks Halo Forerunner Terminal Review

These went on clearance at both Target and Toy'R'Us a few months ago so I decided to get the set of three.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 which gives us a price per piece of $0.15.



Instructions.  These look more like a fold-out map than instructions.






Minifig.  This guy is quite rubbery and unlike Lego minifigs.  It also has a fair amount of articulation.










Parts 1.  The double Sided 1x2 Plates in the middle are interesting, as are the T Bar Plates at the top.  Down in the bottom right corner is the reason I grabbed this set, a textured 2x2 Round Plate.  It'll look great as a starship engine.  You could probably stack up those pieces that look like bars of Silver and make a Station out of them.



Parts 2.  The clear bits are part of the stand for the final model




The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Maybe.  You can probably pull a Station out of this.  (+0)
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?  No.  (-5)
Score: C+ (-10).  The pricing on these just kills the score.  The mold cost on that minifig must have be pretty high.  They are going for ~$5 or $6 on Clearance so it does drop the PpP down to a reasonable level.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: 30310 Arctic Scout Polybag

The Dark Cloud Blogs has already reviewed this set.  He and I have come to different conclusions.

Bag.  $3.49 at target for 39 pieces is a Price per Piece of $0.09.  I think this is the only affordable set in the whole Arctic line.  {*checks notes*}  Yup, it is.





Instructions.








Minifig.










Parts.  Those new ski pieces should be interesting.  Three taps are also nice, along with a printed 2x2 no stud Slope piece.  Two 1x2 Mod. Plates w/Horizontal Clip always come in handy.  I'm not sure about the propellor though.  There is a fair amount of Orange in this set, which I always like.

Frigate.  It's aquick build for MFZ:IO.  Sets that are planes or things resembling planes are an good base for Intercept Orbit creations.  Stats: 2Rd+d8/1Y/1G/2W.




The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  I made an IO Frigate.  (+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: A- (+10).  I like this set.  I think if you combine it with one of the Series 2 Orange Mixels you could have the basis for a really good frame.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Purity: A4911 Cityville Offroad Runner Review

It's been a while since I've been heretical, so let's go Kre-O again.  :-)

Package.  A MSRP of $3.99 for 37 pieces gives us a price per piece of $0.11.











Instructions, Stickers, & Paperwork.



Micro-Kreons.  I like the head on the orange one.  The hair piece on the cyborg is kinda interesting too.








Parts.  The 1x1-1x3 brackets in the lower part of the picture are the only really interesting bits in this set.  The mono-body piece is a little disappointing.




A quick creation to see what could be built.  A micro-Frigate for IO, since it's only half the normal size limit.  MFZ:IO Stats: 2Rd+d8 (fore cannons) /1Y (side antenna)/1G/2W.





The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  I made an IO Frigate.  (+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?  No.  (-5)
Score: B- (-5).  Yeah, it's a parts kit.

Monday, September 22, 2014

TMOH: Block Chest Brigade 2

Here's a couple of new -- well, new since the last Block Chest post -- designs plus some better shots of the older designs.

Bug.  The whole reason for creating this was using
the Canopy pieces as wings.  Brickshelf gallery.










Hover.  This one was built around the idea of movable
engines.  MFZ Stats: 2Rd/1G/2W  Brickshelf gallery.

Jaeger.  Built initially for the 3T Challenge, this is essentially a member of
the Block Chest family even though the arm design is slightly different.
MFZ Stats: 2Rd+d8/2Y/2W.  Brickshelf gallery.











Gunhead.  I have no idea why I didn't share a better picture
of this one the last time around.  Brickshelf Gallery.

Green.  The first member of the Block Chest family constructed with
the new ball joints.  I didn't have enough of some of the standard leg
pieces so I changed them for this iteration.  Brickshelf gallery.




I hope you enjoyed this look at the continuing evolution of the Block Chest frame.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Non-Human 14

Let's finish up the week with something fun.

Boog Unit by Andrew Somers.  Lots of neat little tricks in this one.









Untitled by Stride}.  He claims this is an incomplete
fuchikoma.  I claim it's awesome.  Who do you believe?


Flea by Max.  I think this would make for a
really vicious looking Ijad Scrambler variation.






Cicada by Max.  And speaking of Ijad Scrambler variations.




OMF-G33 Charlotte by Eduty.  Let's finish it up with something by Eduty I didn't blog about.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TMOH: Crab Mecha 2.0

After a request for not-so-parts-intensive-frames on the Hangar, and my rebuild of my Centauroid Mecha, I got a little inspired to add the new ball joints to my Crab Mecha design.

I figured you can do this in a couple of ways.  For parts we have the 2x2 Modified Plate w/Tow Ball, the 1x2 Modified Plate w/Tow Ball, and the 1x2 Modified Plate w/Tow Ball Receptacle on side.  The smaller Towball Plate only comes in Dark Bley and the Receptacle Plate only comes in Light Bley so you're probably going to end up with a three colors to a build a minimum.

I've got two new builds to share with you.  The first uses the 1x2 Modified plate w/Towball and 1x2 Modified Plate w/Towball Receptacle on side as the base combination to attach the legs.

Brickshelf gallery.







The second uses the 2x2 Modified Plate w/Towball and the Receptacle Plate as the base combination to attach the legs.  This also features another change, the addition of small arms in the form of a Bar Holder w/Clip.  I'll have to go back and see how well they attach to the older versions of my Crab Mecha.

Brickshelf gallery.

As you can see, both builds use three colors as I mentioned earlier.  I hope these inspire people a little bit.