Monday, January 15, 2018

Purity: 10875 Sick Bricks 3-in-1 Power Up Playset Review

These sets were around for a while at Target.  They always seemed to be overpriced for what they offered, even if there was an online component involved.  This showed up at 5Below recently at a better price point so I decided to give it a look.

Box.  I paid $5.00 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.  The box lists 57 pieces but even counting the background, carrying case, and instructions there's only 55.



Instructions.







Minifigs.



Background.  Might be fun to
use for pictures at some point.



Carrying Case.  Useful.




Parts.  A lot of printed pieces here.  The Translucent quarter circle Tiles are neat as are the "tube" pieces.  Clip Plates and Bar Plates are useful.



Build.  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+).  The score for this set is based on the price I paid for it, rather than the MSRP.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: 70347 Nexo Knights King's Guard Artillery

Reaching into the backlog pile for today's review.

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


Instructions.









Minifigs.

Parts 1.  Technic Axles.








Parts 2.  Those curved 2x6
Plates are interesting.

Parts 3.  Minifig Sword Blades!







Build.  Flying Frame?  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?  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).  Some interesting parts, but not enough of them.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: 30358 Dragster Polybag

I wasn't expecting to get this but I spent more than $35.00 at the Lego store recently and this was the "free" gift.

Bag.  I'm guessing the MSRP is $3.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.



Instructions.










Minifig.



Parts.  Plates, Tires, Rims, Axle Plates, Tiles, Slopes, Skeleton Arms, Bar Plates, Steering Wheel, Wedge Plate, Brackets, Air Intake Brick.Technic Pin/Axles.




Build.  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).  Not bad, but the parts quantities aren't great.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: 30542 Cute Pug Polybag

Didn't I just mention this set on Friday?

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts.  Four Padlocks.  Plates, Slopes, Bricks, Jumper, Grille Tile, Round Bricks, Bracket, Technic Bricks, Corner Bricks, Half Pins, Friction Pins. and a Lampholder.





Build.  Frame and a 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 good polybag set.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Polly Wants A Baggy 6

Time for my yearly look at the upcoming polybags for the year.  As usual, the information comes from Brickset.

Straight out, the one that people have been raving about for a few weeks now, we look at 30542 Cute Pug.  Four Padlocks, plus a bunch of good pieces in Tan.  This has apparently hit Target stores in some locations already.

30450 Royal Talon Fighter looks like a ship-in-a-bag for Intercept Orbit.  But I'm willing to bet this will be a "free" giveaway in March when Black Panther hits the theaters.

30540 Yellow Flyer also looks like a ship-in-a-bag for Intercept Orbit.

30357 Road Worker may have some new pieces in it.  I'm looking at those Trans-Orange 1x1 Round Tiles though.

30359 Police Water Plane is probably going to be another ship-in-a-bag set.

We get another 30380 Kylo Ren Shuttle, although this looks to have moveable wings.

30404 Friendship Flower looks like it might have some good parts in it but it's a calendar voucher set.

30403 Olivia's Remote Control Boat also looks to have good parts but will have a horrible price point.

30526 Mini Ultimate Batmobile looks a parts-fest and will probably be a "free" giveaway.

Beyond that, I'm not really feeling wowed by 2018's crop of polybags.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: 30477 Chameleon Polybag

I was going to do more Series 5 Microfighters but, this set has finally made an appearance in stores in the final week of 2017.  Besides, my source for the new Microfighters was sold out.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.49 for a $0.07 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts.  Lots of fun colors here. A good
selection but nothing really intriguing.








Build.  Frame and a SSR.

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+).  A solid starter set if you like the colors.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: 75195 Microfighter Series 5 Ski Speeder vs. 1st Order Walker

With the start of a new year let's do a review of a new for 2018 set.  While I haven't reviewed any of the Microfighter sets previous to this -- they're in the backlog, believe me -- this series of Microfighters has changed things up somewhat.  While there are two normal single sets, there are two double sets in this release.  I bought this at Barnes & Noble just prior to Christmas.

Box.  MSRP is $19.99, this gives us a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions 1.






Instructions 2.










Minifigs.  At least the Minifig Blasters are useful.








Parts 1.  Plates, Mod. Plates, Brackets, Slopes, Wedge Plates, Stud Shooters, and a Flag.


Parts 2.  I'm sure the only things
you are seeing are the black
Pneuma-Ts and the Bar Studs.



Parts 3.  Cross Plates in Black.
Plates, Mod. Plates, Brackets,
Slopes, a Brick, Stud Shooters,
and 3x3 Radar Dishes.

Parts 4.  Tooth Plates in Light Bley.
Plates, Mod. Plates, Slopes, Bar
Clips, a Bar Holder Clip, Levers
& Bases, Tiles, and Friction Pins.

Build.  Two Frames and two Stations.


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+).  Two Frames, two Stations, and tons of spare parts?  This is a Double Set Challenge writ large.